When I say I was one of the smartest people in my school, you have to believe me when I say I'm not being arrogant, the number of kids who actually tried was just negligible, y'kno? Either way, I was friends with the band kids, who were generally overachievers and actually diligent students, and the other few souls who were in my honors classes and what not. Most people had no idea who I was until class rankings came out and I would hear, "Oh, it's that kid."
In my sophomore year, I applied to a residential magnet STEM school and got in, which I moved into for my junior and (approaching) senior years. Here, I'm more popular, per say, but there are few here that are inherently unpopular. I do theater productions, and I'm on our school's Drama Board, and a lot of people turn up for those kinds of events. Naturally, they'll see me there, and after the fact. Everyone at this school is brilliant in some aspect, though, so few people stand out because of their academic abilities. The school is also very clique oriented, as you could imagine when I described myself as a "Theater Kid," so popularity could be better described as the popularity amongst your clique.
High school is too complicated.