I'm a pretty good typist. In high school, I was just trying to fill up my class schedule in 9th grade, but I had a good teacher, and the skill has stuck with me. Good old IBM Selectrics...you hardly ever even SEE a typewriter anymore.
Looking back at my school years, I can say it's one of the more valuable classes I took. I even worked as a typist in a work study job for the VA after I got out of the military.
There are a couple of short words I can type rather quickly since they're so common, such as "the." Today I just realized that "com" has become another one of those words for me due to typing in web addresses so often.
To help make me feel old, I found out from my nephews that typing class is now known as "keyboarding."