Manhattan High was one of the oldest surviving buildings in the area, done in Collegiate Gothic, a majestic, soaring architecture that its occupants associated with cavemen. There was nothing shiny, oblique or curved about it. The three-story brick edifice had a stone facade cast with shields, eagles, arrows and other symbols of higher learning, and a central bell tower that had remained locked ever since Dr. Terwilliker, the old music teacher, had castrated dozens of pupils up there, using the pealing bell to mask their girlish screams, in hopes of creating an unstoppable five-hundred-boy soprano army, his plans becoming vague from there. Either that or the tower was locked because the administration didn’t want kids messing with the bell.
From Go, Mutants, p. 40