At the start of the 2012-2013 school year at Greendale, Neil enrolled in the popular "History of Ice Cream" class. Sporting a new look, a hipster pair of glasses, Neil informed the study group that the course was overbooked. Alongside other students who were unable to take the course, Neil participated in an event called "The Hunger Deans" to earn a seat in the history class. In one of the many different contests he lost a king of the hill battle and a Pugil stick duel to Jeff. He also comes up short in a tango contest with his dance partner and girlfriend Vicki. Several months after the competition, Neil signed up for Physical Education Education class which is taught by Coach Jason Chapman. Alongside Troy and Shirley he learned the ropes of being a gym teacher. Neil was later seen attending Jeff's graduation ceremony in the study room. He and a Vicki were seated on the "Bride"'s side along with Garrett, Magnitude, Leonard and Quendra.