What high school did you go to???
Where did you go to High School is a common St Louis question. I now live in Georgia and use this question as an ice breaker often. Most people respond with, “huh?”. Everyone in St Louis area can relate and normally ask this themselves. The answer to this question is a great identifier. This will sometimes let people know what part of town you grew up in and how uppity you might or might not be, among other things. I know this is known as profiling to the rest of the world but acceptable to St Louisians. There have been books and articles wrote about residents of St Louis who ask this specific question. This really is a thing.
Just to give you an idea of how many schools we are talking about……St Louis has 30 public high schools and 48 private high schools. And of the 48 private high schools, 28 of them are Catholic. I went to 3 different Catholic High Schools in St Louis. Freshman year I followed in my older sister’s footsteps and went to St Elizabeth Academy. It was located in South St Louis. I was thrilled! It was everything I imagined it would be. This is an all girl school and I felt so grown up. This was nowhere near my neighborhood so my dad had to drive me to school every morning. I had to catch two city buses to get home. It probably took me about an hour. I met all new friends and had such a good time. In fact, I had so much fun that the nuns asked me not to come back.
Sophomore year I went to St Anthony of Padua High School. Even further from my home. Instead of two city buses, it now took three to get home. This was a very small school. Everyone was very tight-knit and the place had a totally different vibe there. I made sure to focus more on my studies and get involved with school activities. But lo and behold, the Archdiocese of St Louis decided to close down St Anthony’s for good. Just my luck. So I attended there on their last year open ever.
Junior year I went to Bishop DuBourg High School. I knew several people who went there but it was very over whelming for me. This was the 3rd largest Catholic High School in the state. I kept up with my grades there but somehow someway managed to get in trouble there. I liked this school the least amount of any of them. It was too big and was kind of lost in the hustle and bustle of things. But have no fear, I changed High Schools again.
At the beginning of my Senior year, my parents retired and moved to Georgia. So I started fresh in a brand new school and state. I never flunked out of school and I always tried to make the best of things. I am the exception to the rule when it comes to asking the day old St Louis question, “What high school did you go to?” Because no one would ever know the neighborhood I came from or what kind of person I was.