“From the Halls of Montezuma” (the Marine’s Hymn) inspired plenty of “destroy the school” songs.
Some that Kay Shapero herself remembered from California in the 1950s:
From the halls of 54th St.
To the shores of Malibu
We will fight our teacher battle
And break the golden rule
We will fight for right and freedom
And to keep our desks a mess
We are proud to claim the title
Of the Teacher’s Little Pests.
“From the halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli
We will knock out all the teachers
And throw them in the sea.
We will shoot down all the principals
And throw them in a lake.
Tomorrow we will bring to school
A great big rattlesnake!”
Bronner collected this one from the 70s:
From the halls of Montezuma
to the shores of bubble gum bay
we will fight our teacher’s battles
with spitballs mud and clay
We will fight for lunch and recess
and to keep our desks a mess
we are proud to claim the title
of “teacher’s number-one pest”
The same one was collected by Sherman in the 90s. Other versions generally seem to be a mashup of lines from these three. Possibly because it was an American army song, no version of this seems to be in any of Peter and Iona Opie’s books from the UK. Did it ever make it over there?
It’s tempting to guess that this song started out as a parody sung in the army that filtered down to schools, but since it’s so school-oriented, I’d say it’s more likely by a kid.