J.P. Wynne High School

TV show Breaking Bad (2008)
Also appears in TV show Better Call Saul (2015)
Talented chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) works at J.P. Wynne High School. Breaking Bad crews having shot all the high school scenes at Rio Ranch High School, north of Albuquerque. Only the name has been changed. The location also appears briefly in the final season of Better Call Saul.

“Jesse, you asked me if I was in the meth business or the money business. Neither. I’m in the empire business.”

Walter White (Bryan Cranston)

Rounding out the ends of the month

Satisfied by his profession, an exalted chemistry teacher and appreciated by his students, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) must nevertheless compensate for his low income by also working in a car wash. When he learns that he has a serious illness, he decides to use his skills to manufacture methamphetamine to keep his family out of trouble.

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Walter White, teacher at J.P. Wynne High School

When the time came to choose the high school where to shoot the scenes in which Walter White was teaching, the producers managed to get the agreement of the direction of Rio Rancho High School, a school in the north of Albuquerque. Only the name is changed. On screen, the school is called J.P. Wynne High School.

As is often the case, the filmmakers also film inside the high school on several occasions. Rio Rancho High School is also featured in the final season of Better Call Saul, when Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) visits Walter White.


Walter White is 50 at the beginning of the series and 52 at the end.

Walter White High School
Walter White High School. All rights reserved: AMC.
J.P. Wynne High School
J.P. Wynne High School. All rights reserved: AMC.

Rio Rancho High School

Located in the municipality of Rio Rancho, near Albuquerque, this high school has been used on several occasions as a filming location for films and series.

Inaugurated in 1997, this school welcomes many students from Albuquerque. In 2008, its overcrowding encouraged the construction of a new high school named V. Sue Cleveland. Rio Rancho is known for having hosted a Barack Obama conference on May 14, 2009. The film Fright Night was filmed there in 2011. However, it is mainly thanks to Breaking Bad that the place has acquired worldwide notoriety.

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By Gilles Rolland

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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