Spotted on Campus: High School Films

Film SlateOur years in high school are a time filled with confusion, change, uncertainty and excitement. That’s why we can always connect with main characters going through the rigors of high school in films.

For this edition of Spotted on Campus, we are sharing some popular high school movies and the campuses where they were filmed.

Ferris Bueller’s Day OffFerris Bueller’s Day Off is a high-school classic that focuses on a high school senior’s last hoorah before graduation. Ferris is really only on campus at one point in the film – though much of the movie takes place at his high school. The exterior school scenes were filmed at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Illinois, and many of the students at the school served as extras. Most of the school’s interior shots, though, were filmed at Maine North High School – which also served as the location for another John Hughes’s film: The Breakfast Club.

Pretty in PinkPretty in Pink - also by John Hughes – was filmed at Burroughs Junior High in Hancock Park. The film, which stars Molly Ringwald, Jon Cryer and James Spader also included some filming at Marshall High School – one of the schools where Grease was filmed in 1978.

CluelessClueless was one of the most popular high school movies of the 1990s. The film – about a well-meaning, superficial teen, played by Alicia Silverstone – had many scenes depicting the high school experience. The tennis courts, the outdoor cafeteria, the quad and various classroom shots were filmed at Occidental College in Los Angeles.

Mean GirlsBack when Lindsay Lohan’s star was rising, she starred with Rachel McAdams in this hit high school comedy, written by Tina Fey. Mean Girls - as the title suggests – portrays high school cliques in an extreme, though slightly realistic, manner. Most of the interior school scenes were shot at Montclair High School in New Jersey. The more recognizable exterior shots were filmed at Etobicoke Collegiate Institute in Toronto.

Varsity Blues. This drama about the pressures of being on a high school football team in Texas starred Dawson Creek’s James Van Der Beek and was actually shot on location in the Lone Star State. Nighttime filming for the exciting football sequences were shot in a high school stadium in Elgin, Texas, as well as at an 8,500 seat stadium in Georgetown, Texas.

The characters in these films showed what many of us already know: high school can be busy and stressful. Learn how to properly manage your time, as you plan for college

What is your favorite high school film? Were these – or any other – movies filmed in your hometown, high school or college campus? 

39 responses to “Spotted on Campus: High School Films

  1. Grease was filmed at Venice High School in Los Angeles, California. Also, there never was a Hancock Park High School in Los Angeles.

    • The inside shots of Rydell High were shot in Huntington Park High School In Huntington Park, CA. :)

    • You’re right. Mixed that up. The interior scenes were shot in Hancock Park, but at Burroughs Junior High. We’ll fix that.

      However, Grease was filmed in multiple locations. The carnival scenes at the conclusion of the film were filmed at John Marshall High School.

  2. Flubber was filmed at Mercy High School in Burlingame, CA… my Alma mater!

  3. Sooooo Grease was filmed in Huntington Park High School in Los Angeles, Ca.
    AKA my high school.

  4. Sugar and Spice was filmed at Armstrong High School, Minnesota. My brothers were the twins that the girl had at the end. :]

  5. The gym scenes in “Bring it On” were filmed at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace in San Diego, CA.

  6. The part of San Dimas high school in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure was played by Coronado High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Every scene in the San Dimas mall, including the ice rink, were all filmed on location at the MetroCenter Mall in Phoenix, and “Waterloo” was actually Golfland/Sunsplash park in Mesa. While the high School and Mall are now unrecognizable, Golfland is still there and virtually unchanged.

  7. Rushmore was based on St. John’s in Houston, Tx

  8. Rebecca Erickson

    High School Musical 3 was filmed at Murray High in Murray UT, which my mother in law went to. A lot of touched by an Angel and a few other movies were filmed at Granite High School in South Sale Lake UT, which was my high school. I remember them moving classes around a lot so that they could film. The school is well over 100 years old.

  9. Three o’clock High was filmed at Ogden High School in Ogden, UT in 1987.

  10. Did you mean John Burroughs Middle School? If so, Never Been Kissed was also filmed there. I went there and it was filmed during our spring break!

  11. The movie Blue Chips was filmed partly in Frankfort Sr. High in Frankfort Indiana, they used the Gymnasium and the corridors outside the gymnasium because it is one of the few high schools with a dome gymnasium.

  12. Fast Times at Ridgemont High was filmed at Van Nuys High in Van Nuys, CA. Parts of Grease were also filmed there as well.

  13. Son-in-Law opening shot of the graduation ceremony and after grad pictures was filmed at Sierra Vista High School in Baldwin Park…

  14. Does anybody remember the Movie Crybaby starring Johnny Depp? Love that movie :) what high school was it filmed at?

  15. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was filmed at the former Niles East High School in Skokie, IL. There were shots inside and outside of the school. When Ferris came to the school in the movie, the main middle door was locked. It was always locked, even for the students!

  16. Parts of SLC Punk were filmed at West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  17. The original Beverly Hills 90210, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, and She’s All That were filmed at my school, Torrance High in CA.

  18. way not as popular, but Swimfan and Assasination of a High School President, and Strangers with Candy were filmed at Bayonne High School in Bayonne, NJ.

  19. The movie “Election” with Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick was filmed at Papillion-LaVista High School in Papillion, Nebraska

  20. The movie 10 Things I Hate About You was filmed at Stadium High School in Tacoma, Washington. My older brother and cousin were extras in the movie.

  21. Escanaba in d Moonlight (Jeff Daniels) was filmed in Escanaba… the high school football field was used in the movie, but I don’t think they went inside the school.

  22. Brick was flimed at San Clemente High School in CA

  23. That movie the new guy with Aliza dushku was filmed at Akins high school on Austin Texas! I was an extra in that movie!

  24. That movie with Sean William Scott and Billy Bob Thorton was filled at my old High School in Austin, Texas. I went to McNeil.

  25. Lucas was filmed ar Arlington Heights High School in Arlington Heights IL…I know because i was an extra in the film….

  26. Lucas was filmed at:

    The school scenes, including the football field, were shot at Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and Arlington High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois,

  27. The next karate kid with Hillary Swank and Pat Morita was filmed at Brookline High in Brookline, MA.

  28. “Full of It” with Ryan Pinkston was filmed in and out of Ecole River Heights School in Winnipeg, Canada.

  29. The film “10 Things I Hate About You” was filmed at Stadium High School in Tacoma, Washington. The first film that Heath Ledger made in the US.

  30. One of my cousins got picked to be an extra in the 1992 movie School Ties which was filmed at least partially at a high school in Massachussetts north of Boston

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  32. Cooley High, about a real high school in Chicago was actually filmed at another well know high school with it’s own movie release – Providence St. Mel. I was a student at PSM during the filming.

  33. Mi just a love this page,remembering ma’ old good high school days. . . . . .”Mean Girls”

  34. Does anyone know what high school “Uncle Buck” was filmed at? It kinda looks like New Trier High School West Campus in Northfield, IL? Also, I do know that “Sixteen Candles” was filmed at the New Trier East campus in Winnetka.

  35. 10 Things I Hate About You was filmed at Stadium High in Tacoma, WA :D BOOM

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