I don't recall high school drama in 00 (or Seed, but I guess if one defines teenagers actually having emotions as high school drama, than it counts), save Saji and Louise, but they were clearly meant to show civilians' view on the events going on.
Honestly, if I have any major beef with a Gundam series, it's Wing. It wasn't bad, but the lack of deaths was annoying, and most of the cast was rather unrelatable until way into the series. The story was definitely strong though, and Zechs and Treize are among my favorite Gundam antagonists. Also, I never cared for the Relena hate, since she's one of the few characters in the beginning I have any reason to care about.