16 Signs You Went to Catholic High School in St. Louis

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What high school did you go to?

That question isn't just about your alma mater. In St. Louis, an extremely Catholic city where public schools are unaccredited and struggling, the high school question is really asking you to reveal your religion, socioeconomic status, intelligence and personality all at once.

(Not from St. Louis? Take our quiz to see which high school you'd have gone to.)

So for all of our comrades who survived fourteen years of ruler-rapping, Christmas pageants and plaid uniforms, Daily RFT put together a list of our fifteen tell-tale signs you went to Catholic school in St. Louis:

1. You own multiple black North Face fleeces.

2. You have, without irony, worn a cape.

3. You genuinely didn't know where public high schools were even located in St. Louis until you graduated.

4. You've been side-tackled by a nun.

5. After years of uniforms, your college wardrobe was mostly gym clothes and business-casual attire -- nothing in between.

6. You don't need new friends because you made yours in kindergarten.

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Oh, we don't need any more friends. We're set for life, thanks.
7. You've seen an altar boy pass out during Mass.

8. You know why second grade and seventh grade are the most important.

9. You wrote an essay on the importance of being pro-life long before you could even get pregnant.

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10. Your parents went to your prom.

11. You went to college at Mizzou, Saint Louis University or in Dayton, Ohio. Maybe Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

12. You got to choose a new name during seventh grade.

13. You know how to clean up holy water.

14. You're unfazed by the thought of eternal damnation, but you still constantly feel guilty about something.

15. You don't know how to watch sports without beer.

16. If someone's answer to "What high school did you go to?" isn't a St. Louis private school, you only pretend to care.

What are we missing? Add your own in the comments.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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24 comments
NewsDog
NewsDog

I was born in Clayton but have lived in Dallas most of my life. Of all the SMU girls I used to party with I can't recall that many from St. Louis.

Chip Ulm
Chip Ulm

I'll have to check with my parents, they both went through STL catholic schools and colleges.

elsicomoro
elsicomoro

6, 12, 14 and 15 were pretty spot-on for me (graduated HS in '94)...the rest are a mashup across generations.

Darrell Ford
Darrell Ford

I wore a cape when I was an Usher at Leow's Mid City in the late 60's and I attended Public high school.

maycon987
maycon987

How does knowing about communion or confirmation show you went to a Catholic high school, when both events normally take place prior to high school? I don't think this list and its title were well thought out. 

Ryan Masters
Ryan Masters

ABSOLUTELY NONE OF THIS IS TRUE LOL IS IT FUCKING 1976

Deb45
Deb45

I love Number 6 - SO TRUE!

Meg Mertz
Meg Mertz

I guess I may be out of the loop, then again I only went to a Catholic school up till 9th grade bc I moved where it was a trek to go to a catholic hs (i coulda went to festus or the county but both options woulda ment someone had to drive me) and I don't think I could cross many of these off my list.

Meg Mertz
Meg Mertz

I've liver her all my life and i doubt I've been asked more than perhaps 2 or 3 times where i went to HS. I don't think it's as bad as some people portray it to be.

Kathy Schrenk
Kathy Schrenk

A woman I knew from California moved to STL for a job and moved back to CA after two years. The isolating nature of The Question was one of the reasons she cited for not liking it here.

Stacey Barbeau
Stacey Barbeau

i had a nun that would tape my mouth shut for talking too much lol

Jolene Jarnagin
Jolene Jarnagin

Not to mention knew nothing about other religions until college...!

Steve Van Booven
Steve Van Booven

Worn a cape? I think about 5 or 6 of these apply the rest are kind of out there

Rick Kohn
Rick Kohn

You genuflect every time you hear a clicker!

maycon987
maycon987

I think a lot of Catholic dioceses alternate between 7th and 8th, so both are true. For example, the Illinois Springfield Diocese, which borders St. Louis's Archdiocese holds confirmations at some of its schools in 7th, and the rest in 8th, presumably because it's difficult for the Bishop to be in so many places at the same time. 

poohsplus3
poohsplus3

I had confirmation in the 7th grade and 1st communion in the 2nd grade. They are both correct for this Catholic girl. :o)

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