One of my friends is a retired high school teacher here.
Yes, in the 1980s, long before the Axe effect, students fresh out of Phys Ed and headed to class used cologne in place of a shower. But their weapon of choice was overwhelmingly Kouros... because students thought that Kouros was the strongest stuff you could buy to cover up PE B.O. at the time. Since almost all Basenoters know what Kouros smells like and how it varies widely with body chemistry, the teacher told me that the Kouros-in place of a shower students smelled anywhere from "lousy" to "OMFG".
The females were just as guilty of similar tactics, and they used power scents as well: Giorgio, Poison, and Obsession were the most common.
Any similar stories?