This is where I graduated from High School—Waterloo Columbus High–in May of 1980.
WIKI:Columbus High School was named after Christopher Columbus, and the use of his name was meant to evoke a sense of adventure and the faith required to embark of a voyage into the unknown that has no certain end. The school mascot is the sailor, also after Columbus. School colors are kelly green and white, although, today other versions of green are accepted such as forest or hunter, while, black, and yellow are strictly prohibited as secondary colors.
You hear a lot of weird things at your high school reunion…one of them were stories about Sister Janella, who taught in the science department, and if I’m not mistaken, also monitored a home room or two, and when Tom Lind, our Sophomore English teacher left to become a Representative in the Iowa State House, Sister Janella stepped in as a substitute until Dennis Wellen was hired to take his place permanently. When the school opened in August of 1959, My sister Terry was a Sophomore, that transferred from the old Sacred Heart High School, which closed (Along with 5-6 other local parish high schools) when Columbus opened, and Sister Janella was already “Old as dirt” , as so many of my classmates remembered her.
Anyway, Sister Janella, according to one of the stories told at the reunion, comes waddling into the classroom, and gets out a movie projector, and gets it all threaded and such, and then goes up to the chalkboard, and pulls down the screen. And while she pulls down the screen, she turns, looking away from the screen, so she doesn’t see the current Playboy bunny that somebody had stuffed up inside the period before…
…Oh it gets worse….
She the waddles like she’s the old man that Tim Conway portrayed on the Carol Burnett Show…And taking her time to get back to the projector….In the mean time, the kids are all laughing like crazy, but she ignores them, and proceeds to the movie projector….
…turns on the movie projector….
IT was only THEN that she turns around, and sees the naked woman on the screen….
So, she waddles up to the front of the classroom….
…And stands in front of the class, and bitches at them for putting the naked woman—the whole time with the damned movie projected on her face!!
Well, that was one of the “Sister Janella Stories” The other one is a lot shorter, but just as funny….
…About once a month, we had a dress up day and it usually was on a Friday…And since Columbus was a Catholic high school, they tied in an all school mass with a pep rally afterwards. Well, back in 1980, I thought that I went to school with all these perfect little angels….
At our ten year reunion, I learned a few things about those um….”Angels”!!!
As I said before, Sister Janella worked primarily in the Science Department, and for awhile taught Biology. There was a biology lab that had tons of rats and another one that was full of plants, and one of those plants was a Cannabis plant. But Sister Janella didn’t have a clue that the Cannabis plant was the source of marijuana!
Well, on the night before one of those “All School Mass/Pep Rally” Fridays, four or five my “angelic” classmates broke into Sister Janella’s Biology labs and stole all of her Cannabis plants!
And you are probably already one step ahead of me in this story…Yes, you guessed it…the next day, those four or five skipped the all school mass, and sat in Lenny Wilson’s car and smoked pot…complements of Sister Janella!