ARVADA, CO (KUSA) You won’t find many high schoolers who care about a janitor the way students at Colorado’s Arvada High School care about the man they call “Wild Bill”.
William Manning, otherwise dubbed Wild Bill, has been Arvada High’s janitor for 14 years.
His positivity, enthusiasm and genuine love for students sets him apart, according to Principal Gina Rivas.
“He comes to all the games. The football games, basketball games, he comes to the wrestling matches. Even while he’s working, he sneaks in there to see the score then goes back out to work,” Rivas said. “I have never seen it before in my 26 years of education.”
There is no doubt Wild Bill has formed a unique bond with many of the students at Arvada High over the years.
That became clear about two weeks ago, when Bill’s car was stolen from the parking lot of his apartment complex.
“I dropped to my knees and cried,” Bill said, “It’s my pride and joy. I worked really hard for it.”
It was evident Bill was torn up by the theft, according to senior Ian Fonseca.
“He had told me that his car had gotten stolen and he started tearing up in the locker room and it just kind of made me feel bad,” Fonseca said.
He was compelled to start fundraising for Wild Bill.
In two days, they raised more than $4,100.
“Everyone wants to support Bill because they know how much he would do for you or has done for you,” Fonseca says.