structural difficulties

8 Feb

My high school was awesome. You just wouldn’t know it by looking at the ceiling.

See, the school was built in the 50s as a middle school and high school. Then, in the 70s, they decided to link the two and make it a high school. Not the most effective architectural method, and it was pretty obvious. For example, it took me 6 minutes to get from one end to the other. We had a 7-minute passing period. Need to go to your locker? Sucks to be you.

Many of the walking paths were outdoors, with a long skinny roof to cover an outdoor “hallway” that would be awesome if we lived in California. There were holes in “roof” of those “hallways” that were patched by cardboard for the entire four years I attended.

Broken ceiling tiles in at least 50 percent of the classrooms? Check.
Long, dark, skinny tunnels our newspaper claimed as an appropriate metaphor for high school? Check.
About a tenth of the classrooms located in portables? Check.
Cement coated with 40 years worth of gum? Check.
Track made of dirt, or should I say mud? Check.

Also, the lunchroom of a school with 1800 students could only hold about 200 of them at a time. At least it meant we got to avoid all those high-school-lunchroom cliches while eating our lunches in the Seattle rain.

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