Movies centered around school – especially high school – have always been popular. Everyone can relate to the trials and tribulations of being a teenager. (And you can reminisce about being a teen as you watch — and be glad that you’re not that age any longer!) And most of us have a tug of nostalgia about going to school (even if not for school itself but for the memories that were made there).
Even if most of the action takes place indoors, any movie about high school inevitably needs to have an actual school appear onscreen. Some of these exteriors are an integral part of the story.
Remember seeing everyone get dropped off at that rather cold-looking mid-century school entrance at the beginning of The Breakfast Club? That scene just wouldn’t be the same with a classic 1920s building.
Have you ever wondered about the real high schools used in your favorite classic teen movies?
We did a little research, starting in our yearbook archive. From Grease to Napoleon Dynamite, here are a group of very famous fictitious schools – and their real-life counterparts.