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Which Los Angeles High Schools Have Been Used In Film?

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(Photo by Joe Klamar//Getty Images)

(Photo by Joe Klamar//Getty Images)

By Jordy Altman 

Did anybody else flunk Introduction to Hollywood High School Film Locations? Mr. DeVille is was a touch teacher.

In a city known that thrives on the industry, it’s no wonder that even our high schools aren’t safe from film crews.

Productions piled high with directors and gaffers slipping into our gymnasiums and cafeterias to get that perfectly lit MOS martini shot. Hey, we’re not complaining – when the crew came in, the homework went out!

Do you know which high schools in Los Angeles were used in your favorite films?

After binge watching many Hollywood classics, these are the high schools we’ve found that have been featured as Hollywood’s greatest high schools.


Venice High School
13000 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA

You might recognize Venice High School as Rydell High, the campus where sweet and innocent Sandy falls in love with greaser Danny in the summer-lovin’ romp “Grease.”


Ulysses S. Grant High School
13000 Oxnard Street
Valley Glen, CA

Big, brilliant, and beautiful, Grant High School is most recognizable for ‘Lancer Lane,’ the long strip of road that is iconic in movies like “Clueless.”


John Marshall High School
3939 Tracy Street
Los Angeles, CA

Not only is John Marshall High Leonardo DiCaprio’s alma mater, it’s also the creepy, surreal location for “Nightmare on Elm Street.” Don’t drive by there alone at night.


Santa Monica High School
601 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA

A gorgeous campus right on the shore line, Santa Monica HS is better known as ‘Dawson High,’ the new school for the angst teen Jim Stark (played by James Dean) in “Rebel Without A Cause.”


Van Nuys High School
6535 Cedros Avenue
Van Nuys, CA

Jeff Spicoli made his mark at Van Nuys High School, dude! Did you know that the mascot in the movie – a wolf – is the same mascot the school adopted and is used today?


South Pasadena High School
1401 Fremont Ave
South Pasadena, CA

John Carpenter’s original stalk-and-slash movie “Halloween” scared young and old horror fans at South Pasadena High School. Hopefully that eerily theme music wasn’t adapted as the school’s fight song…


Loyola High School
1901 Venice Boulevard
Venice, CA

“Donnie Darko” may take place in Middlesex, Virginia, but through some creative movie magic, the film was shot on the sprawling campus of Loyola High School in Venice.


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