“He was one of those kids that didn’t pay a lot of attention. He got a B in the [ninth grade] class, but he didn’t work very hard. And he was just a normal student. But as a senior, he was one of those kids that just wore grubby clothes all the time, wore his hat backwards all the time…He was going to do the very least amount of work possible. That’s basically what he did. He tried to talk me one time into letting him not have to come to class–just show up on the days of the tests. And I said, "No. You have a choice. You can come to class and stay awake, or you can drop the class.” But he barely passed the first semester AP calculus. I’m not sure he would’ve passed second semester. He was borderline. 'Cause he just didn’t work hard–he was a slacker. The kids had nothing to do with him, but when kids act and behave like that, the other kids that are in AP calculus, the really good kids, don’t want anything to do with him.“
–Dylan’s calculus teacher, Mr. Joe Higgins, discussing Dylan Klebold from a 2004 interview, from Understanding Columbine, by Ralph Larkin, p. 81. Admittedly it doesn’t explicitly state that it’s the calculus teacher, just "one of his teachers,” but it’s pretty obvious from the context. Dylan’s AP Calculus roster is on page JC-001-010453.
Remarks from Dylan’s progress report from his diversion file about the aforesaid AP Calculus class:
September 17, 1998: Period 3 calculus - 69.7% - D. Sleeps during class, didn’t retake 1st test. Higgins.
Comment from counselor Robert Kriegshauser: Turned in a progress report which was below average. He is receiving a D in math and composition. The report mentioned that he was sleeping in math class. Dylan explained that he was sleeping because he was up the night before doing an essay assignment which he had put off to the last minute. We talked about time mgmt. and the fact that these grades are unacceptable. Told him that if the next report does not show vastly improved grades he will be required to bring in a weekly homework log sheet and show up here daily to complete homework.
October 13, 1998: AP Calculus - Dylan Klebold, you have received 74.43% of the available points, and your grade is a C.
November 3, 1998: AP Calculus – Dylan Klebold, you have received 74.29% of the available points, and your grade is a C.
December 1, 1998: Period 3 calculus - 67.9% - D. Use of class time needs to improve! Higgins.
Kriegshauser: I also confronted him on his math grade since comments from the teacher state that he could use his class time more appropriately. Dylan explained that he was reading a book during class time. I told him that his effort needs to improve or he will face consequences here including possible termination. I also confronted him on his minimizing and excuse giving. I told him to listen to himself and think about what he is saying. It all sounds like he feels like the victim although he denies this.
January 19, 1999: Kriegshauser: Progress report shows solid progress with only D in calculus.
I wonder how he got into the University of Arizona with this kind of “I don’t give a fuck” attitude…I guess his grades must have been better earlier in his high school career. Unfortunately, we have Eric’s grades and school transcript in the released documents, but not Dylan’s!
According to Jeff Kass’s book Columbine Dylan had a 2.74 GPA and was 229th of 463 in his class in the middle of his senior year. His SAT scores were 560 verbal, 650 math, and 1210 combined. (p.162). Which is good – it put him in roughly the 75th percentile.
According to the University of Arizona 1998-1999 catalog, admission to the College of Engineering and Mines (for computer science) required the following: “Applicants must be ranked in the upper 25 percent of the high school graduating class; or have achieved a grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; or a composite score of 23 (24 for out-of-state applicants) on the ACT; or a minimum combined score of 1050 on the SAT.” So that’s how he got in!
Dylan’s final words on the subject (JC-001-026486):
It’s interesting, when I’m in my human form, knowing I’m going to die. Everything has a touch of triviality to it, like how none of this calculus shit matters, the way it shouldn’t, the truth. In 26.4 hours I’ll be dead & in happiness.
26.4 hours = roughly 9:30-9:40 AM on April 19, 1999, when Dylan was in 3rd period calculus class (9:25-10:15 AM) per the day planner schedule (JC-001-026244).