Some schools have pictures of their mascot, but Westbrook High School lets their unofficial pet wander the halls.
According to WMTW, Simba, a 15-year-old tabby cat, has been welcoming students every morning at the Maine high school for more than a decade. The cool kitty even stops by class to hang out. “He’ll show up in class and sit on people’s textbooks and just intrude,” said senior Kim Larley.
So how did a cat end up going to school? Turns out 13 years ago, when teacher Tina Soucy was just starting at Westbrook, she opened the door. “I was moving into my classroom downstairs, and he was sitting outside, and I let him,” said Tina.
Ever since, Superintendent Marc Gousse said he’s been showing up at 7 a.m. “I think he probably knows he’s liked and loved, and it’s mutual,” said Gousse. It’s certainly true love on the side of the students who are honoring the tabby with an art show on April 4.
The school’s art director, Carol Connor said, “I just see such an emotional connection and real care about this creature. He has such a calming effect on all of us — it’s just (sigh) — that’s Simba.”