Fasten up your tie, pack your lunchbox and grab your backpack. Schools back in session, which makes it official, summer is over. We don’t know about you but our time at school was pretty dull. There was never a crazy, dopey headmaster, we never sat next to a bunch of super teens, metahumans or a vampire in science, nobody ever broke out into a choreographed dance routine during prom and our high school was never stalked by a crazed serial killer (luckily).
Your formative years are tough, from piles of homework to school yard bullies and having to plan out the rest of your life before you’re old enough to have your own library card. While we may not want to relive our school years we cannot help ourselves when it comes to a TV show or movie set in a school.
School is back in session, so what better way to start the new academic year then with the list of the best and worst schools in TV and movie history. A list of schools that we would definitely want to attend and those where we would’ve had more sick days than days attended...
The Best TV and Movie Schools
Rydell High - Grease
Why? Because they go together like rama lamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dong. Sorry we couldn’t help ourselves. It was a school where the kids looked older than the teachers, everyone broke out into song at every and any opportunity and they had a pretty kick ass carnival on the last day of school.
Bayside High School - Saved by the Bell
Why? It showcases the best of the late 80s and early 90s. We all wanted to attend Bayside and hang out with Zack, Screech and co. Anyone who says otherwise is lying. The stereotypes were brilliant from the Nerds surnames (Poindexter, Nerdstorm and Geekman) to Zack's time out freeze frames. Oh the nostalgia!
William McKinley High School - Freaks and Geeks
Why? When we say McKinley High we aren’t talking about the disgustingly sweet Glee, the Wonder Years or the death is coming for you Final Destination 3. We’re talking Freaks and Geeks, one of the most underrated shows of all time. We may have only been offered 18 visits to William McKinley over the years but with friends like James Franco, Seth Rogan and Jason Segal it was a pretty memorable experience.
Angel Grove High School - Power Rangers
Why? A school protected by the world’s greatest team of super teens. Now we know that more often than not we would be attacked by a plasticine baddie or a puttie henchman but I’d rather be sat knowing that Jason, Kimberly, Billy and co were about when trouble struck then any other 90s teen.
X-Mansion - X-Men
Why? It’s pretty simple. To be accepted into the X-Mansion you need to have some kind of mutant ability or power. Right now a mutant power wouldn’t go amiss, skills we would like include the ability to find a pair of matching socks, the ability to make a decent brew and the remove the traffic from the road at 5pm ability… That one is our favourite.
The Worst TV and Movie Schools
Sunnydale High School - Buffy
Why? Sunnydale just like Angel Grove has a superhuman teen running the joint, Buffy is a 90s and early 00s icon. She wasn’t popular but along with her Scooby Gang she always got the job done. The issue with Sunnydale was that most of the students were taken over by demons and witches every other week. Some of the class were werewolves and the school blew up thanks to a mayor who was also a giant snake like creature.
Shermer High School - Breakfast Club
Why? A school that offers detention on a Saturday? What kind of a fresh hell is that?
Westerburg High School - Heathers
Why? Another school where death is ripe among classmates. The queen bee may get her comeuppance in this 80s dark comedy but it starts a fake suicide spree culminating with the almost blowing up of the entire school. As retro and nostalgic as we are feeling towards the fashions in this movie we’re going to have to pass on our attendance.
Bates High - Carrie
Why? The rather sinister sounding Bates High, known for the torment of the shy, frumpy Carrie White. Almost every member of the school and faculty die in a fire caused by Carrie as revenge for her prom humiliation. Good for her but we may ask for a transfer before the end of school dance.
Springfield Elementary - The Simpsons
Why? We don’t know about you but it feels as though one school year at Springfield elementary lasts about 25 years and it doesn’t feel as though it will ever end. The P.E teacher loves a game of Bombardment, the headmaster is too much of a mummy’s boy and we have no idea who El Barto is but he keeps damaging the school grounds...
Go go Angel Grove High School!
For fans of the first Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers TV series, here's a way to show it in a subtle way! This t shirt not only features a worn, vintage-look white print of a the school's logo but it is also our £8 tee of the week. Show off your love for the high school attended by the first series' Rangers: Jason, Billy, Zack, Trini, Tommy, Kimberly, Rocky, Aisha, Adam and Kat (did you remember all of them?)