10 legendary film high schools

If high school is the best time for some people, it's also the worst for many others. Anyway, in the movies, high schools are very popular.

High schools in the movies

From Grease to Back to the Future via Footloose, discover these high schools where you dreamed of being able to study.

1. Hill Valley High School – Back to the Future, Rydell High School – Grease and Rydell High Exterior

This real high school lent its façade and campus to embody that of Hill Valley. Founded in 1900, the school’s alumni include Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, and John Lasseter, the founder of Pixar Animation Studios. Another president is featured in the film, Ronald Reagan. The lines about the incumbent president had to be approved by the White House to verify that they did not contain anything offensive. On the contrary, Ronald Reagan loved the feature film, even going so far as to quote the very last line, “Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” during the State of the Union Speech in 1986.

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2. Shermer High School – Breakfast Club

A whole Saturday in detention for these five totally different students. It may have been something that happened to you during your school years, but no one has been able to experience this exceptional Breakfast Club adventure.

Entirely filmed at Maine North High School in Des Plaines, Illinois, this high school unfortunately no longer exists. Inaugurated in 1970, its low attendance led the building to close its doors in 1981. Fortunately, the building was not destroyed and is now used by the Illinois State Police and the state’s Office of Environmental Protection.

Address: 9511 Harrison St, Des Plaines, IL 60016, USA

3. Ridgemont High School – Things are heating up at Ridgemont High School

Van Nuys High School by Cbl62 (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Van Nuys High School by Cbl62 (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The high school mainly used to embody Ridgemont High School is Van Nuys High School. Founded in 1914, it also has a community school for adults. Canoga Park High School, 6850 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Canoga Park, and Torrance High, 2200 West Carson Street, Torrance, were also used for the film.

Address: 6535 Cedros Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91411, USA

4. Glenbrook North High School – Ferris Bueller’s Day Out

We don’t see him much in the movie, but Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick)’s high school is in Northbrook, Illinois. It was founded in 1953. John Hughes, the director, is a former student. So it’s only natural to want to pay tribute to his former school, by reserving him a special place in his film.

Address: 2300 Shermer Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062, USA

5. East High School – High School Musical

Very teenage, High School Musical is nevertheless a very successful musical. 225 million people around the world have seen the Walt Disney film starring Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. With eight awards including two Emmy Awards, High School Musical is a monument. The real East High School, founded in 1913, was used for the shooting of this film. The current façade was built in 1997.

Address: 840 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102, USA

6. Payson High School – Footloose

Dance and music were banned by Reverend Shaw Moore (John Litgow) following the death of his son. But a group of high school students, led by Ren McCormick (Kevin Bacon), intend to break this law. The scenario of this film is inspired by a real story, that of Elmore City in Oklahoma. For 90 years, dance was banned there, until a group of high school students intervened. In the film, Payson High School is the setting for the adventures of these artists. A little newcomer in the world of show business makes her appearance in this film, Sarah Jessica Parker aka future Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City.

Address: 1050 S Main St, Payson, UT 84651, USA

7. Great Falls High School – American Pie

The Milliken Mills High School in Markham, Ontario by Jason Zhang (CC0)
The Milliken Mills High School in Markham, Ontario by Jason Zhang (CC0)

American Pie is an internationally successful cult film about the sexuality of high school seniors who want to lose their virginity before college. Several sequels and spin-offs came out on the theme of high school or student love affairs and the sexuality of these young adults. On the location side, Millikan High School serves as the exterior façade of Great Falls High School, while Long Beach Polytechnic High School, 1600 Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach, is used for the interior.

Address: 2800 Snowden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90815, USA

8. Lycée Henri IV – La Boum

Vic (Sophie Marceau) studies in this high school where she gets noticed from the very first day she arrives in a truck, driven by her father François (Claude Brasseur). A total of 2,700 students study in this school, making it the second largest in the capital. The film was one of the greatest successes of the cinema, even surpassing at the French box office The Empire Strikes Back, with 4,300,000 admissions! Originally, Vic was to be played by Sheila O’Connor. But Sophie Marceau’s performance during the casting changed the game. The director then decided to give her the title role while the actress previously chosen became Penelope.

Address : 23 Rue Clovis, 75005 Paris

9. New York City High School for the Performing Arts – Fame

Church of St. Paul Mary the Virgin (Manhattan) by Chris06 (CC0)
Church of St. Paul Mary the Virgin (Manhattan) by Chris06 (CC0)

The High School of Performing Arts was located at 120 West and 46th Street and moved to Lincoln Center in 1984. Judging the scenario too daring, its officials refused to allow her to appear in the film. To replace it, the production used the building across the street: St Mary the Virgin Church. It is from the left wing of the church that the students come out to dance in the street by blocking the traffic. This choreographed sequence required three days of filming, 150 extras, and 50 professional dancers.

Address: 145 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036, USA

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By Damien Duarte

Sunday, December 15, 2019

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