The High School From Heck

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School ChairsI love it when politicians say that education is very important. The keyword is “say” because from their actions, you would never guess it.

When Tom Bradley, the mayor of LA at the time, came visiting, we had a huge ceremony with bands playing, parades, etc. The football team was marched on stage and each of the players got to shake hands with the mayor. “Hello, football players, meet the mayor. Shake his hand. Oh, before you leave the stage, here’s your tall, gold-plated school appreciation trophy. Thank you.”

Of course, at the end of the academic year, the nerds had their day during the award ceremonies. “Hello, nerds, here’s your flimsy paper certificates. You can see that we just got a new laser toner cartridge. Uh, good work. Well done. Did I mention that education is very important? And, oh yeah, the recycle bin is on the left as you leave the stage.”

Actually I felt worse about the women’s tennis team. They had to pay for their own uniforms and for the bus fare to the tennis competitions. I guess the school ran out of money after putting up the new electronic score board on the football field.

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The Principal From Heck

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principalcathyIn High School, I rarely saw the principal, Mr. Ed Moras. So it came as a surprise when one day, he appeared at a Math & Science Club meeting to say, “This is my favorite club.”

Unfortunately, a few days later, Mr. Moras showed up at the Youth Community Service Club to say, “This is my favorite club.” Weeks later, he appeared at the E Club meeting to say, you guess it, “This is my favorite club.” And the same at the Youth Government Club and Mock Trial Club. Ugh.

Okay! So I belonged to a lot of clubs. Let’s just say that I rarely ate lunch and thus was a skinny-looking kid in school. Then I went to college, graduated, and started working… but that’s another story.

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