Back when I was in school, we still had "lunch ladies" who cooked, so we had something passed for actual food. I remember, in high school, when the very first pop machine was installed outside the gym. It was a marvel!
However the state of modern school lunches played a role in why my husband and I decided 9 years ago that our late life surprise would be homeschooled. He eats at home, and so he eats primal.