What is your favorite room at CB? What factors contribute towards your answer? The natural light, proximity to the bathroom, proximity to the staircase, or the seats of the room itself? 10. 602 The primary reason why this room is at the bottom is because “it’s an English classroom in the math hallway”, Cali Rapolla […]
What is your favorite room at CB? What factors contribute towards your answer? The natural light, proximity to the bathroom, proximity to the staircase, or the seats of the room itself?
The primary reason why this room is at the bottom is because “it’s an English classroom in the math hallway”, Cali Rapolla (‘23) shared. The classroom itself sits in the corner and people tend block to the entire section. It’s not 602’s fault it’s situated where it is. 602 doesn’t only have problems outside, but inside too. “The back desk was touching the back of my chair,” Hailey Flores (‘23) said. The orientation of the desks made the room feel crowded. Room 602 has tables decorated against the wall much like 601, but it doesn’t have computers. “We never use [the tables],” Hailey comments. The only upside is being near the bathrooms, but even that has its own downsides.
The light from the windows is great; the view is not. Because the AC is broken, a fan sits in the front of the room. But the little fan doesn’t have much power and doesn’t spin, only blowing air in one direction. “The room feels stuffy…it’s moist in the air, kind of like plain oatmeal, no sugar, no berries, nothing, but you still eat it” Lyka Pedersen (‘23) says. Another point down for 407 because of how close it is to the staircase. The busy staircase on that side is too close to the freshmen lockers and is a pain to go down as the sophomores tend to crowd their lockers.
The same argument for 407 applies to 401 as well. The window view is so boring. “It’s literally the other building,” Jenna Yates (‘23) comments. “The floors are blue,” Hailey observes. The staircase is also just as bad and takes longer to get to the cafeteria rather than heading down the opposite end. Not to mention the crowding at 401 into the language wing in the 700s is also awful.
Moving up the list, Mr. Bernie Eckel’s room places somewhere in the middle. The 500s also face the teacher parking lot, which is fun to see. The stray cats make an occasional appearance every once in a while, which is partly why 508 ranks here. “The cats always come into the room” Nolan Fernandez (‘23) testifies. The cats are special because they break the monotony of the day to day of school. “[There are] lab tables and fun things to be distracted with,” Jenna adds. Another reason the 500s rank higher than the 400s, despite being the science wing, is because of the mysterious three door secret hallway.
Hidden behind the theater are rooms not all CB students know exists. These rooms are kind of forgotten if you don’t take choir or are taking band. Because Room 802 is spacious, its acoustics cause a natural reverb that echo and bounce around the room. There’s also “a hallway connected to the theater and the band room,” Jonas Nguyen (‘23) shares. While the hallway is one factor, the AC also plays a toll in these rooms’ ranking. “The AC has the same cold factor as the STEM hallway,” Lyka observes.
All the rooms in the 600s have something to offer. Every math room “feels like a Costco freezer…sometimes you feel like a frozen grape,” as Hailey puts. The KBFT room has two exiting doors, and like 601 and 607, it has the spinning chairs. The variety of seating in the 600s also contributes to its ranking. Because the chairs and desk are connected in rooms like 610, “you can put your feet on that bar without the chair and the desk moving…no other classroom has that feature,“ says Malia Scullary (‘23). But sometimes it’s not about what is inside the room itself. Room 610, housed by, Mrs. Kelly Safford, not only has nice lighting and great seats, but she makes the room her own. “Her room is definitely my favorite because she’s one of my favorite teachers on campus,” Gabbie Dizon (‘24) shares.
While they are the closest classrooms to the cafeteria and you get to beat the lunch line, the 100s are pretty average classrooms. The window faces the 400s and the view is boring. The only classroom that sticks out from the 100s is the Learning Commons. The “flexible seating, bright windows, and cool seats,” all play a role in the 100s ranking, as Hailey explains. “It’s very unconventional but in the best way possible,” Nicole Staggs (‘23) adds. The array of seating from couches to stools and desks to tables as well as the ability to print and the countless outlets adorning every wall factor to its ranking. “The learning commons is universal,” Cali states.
The 300s are also just kind of okay — nothing really stands out. The hallway is miserable. But there’s “a little hidden gem” in the 300s as Nicole puts. Room 303 where Dr. Bill Iliff ’76 resides. The room takes second place because of how he keeps his room. “There’s a desk and there’s also tables,” Nicole says. “He keeps the lights off,” Hailey adds. “If we take a picture in his classroom… he [puts] it up on his wall.” A lot of the reason why people like the rooms they like is not so much the placement of the room but because of the way that teacher arranges the room.
“It’s huge and I like how it’s at the end,” Cali shares. “Bro, it’s so cold in that room,” Joaquin Hernandez (‘23) says. Other factors contribute to its high ranking. “[Mr. Tomas Capogreco ’86] has so many pictures all over his wall…and there’s a beautiful view to the outside into the front of the school,” Nolan adds. Within the room, “there’s lots of pictures, lots of posters,” Grace Valverde (‘23) says. Cap’s room is the most well loved classroom at CB because it, “feels really homey,” as Sophia Garcia (‘23) says.