Why is it that TV shows and movies always make high school look so cool? Don’t you wish yours came complete with a swimming pool, a coffee cart or an end-of-the-year carnival? Or that you could break out into song and dance in the middle of the hallway and no one would blink an eye? We’ll just say this: if all high schools were more like these fictional ones, we’re pretty sure we would have been a lot more excited to wake up and go to class every day. Check out our all-time favorite TV and movie high schools, and let us know which one you wish you could go to in the comments.
Beverly Hills High School
This is another gorgeous school to look at, but what really made us jealous was that all of the students seemed to just lounge around on the grass outside all day, doing whatever they wanted. Plus, it's Beverly Hills and those people seriously know how to dress. 'Nuff said.
Padua Stadium High School
Movie: 10 Things I Hate About You
This is probably one of the best-looking schools we've ever seen. How much more would you appreciate your high school if it was this pretty and big? And not to mention we wouldn't mind having a hottie serenade us on the bleachers...
Rosewood High School
TV Show: Pretty Little Liars
We guess the whole murder mystery thing surrounding the school kind of brings down its coolness factor, but there are two reasons we still wish we went there: Ezra Fitz and the coffee carts. We would have loved to be able to walk outside and order our favorite latte. And if we ever had a teacher as hot as Mr. Fitz, we might just have to pull an Aria.
John Adams High
TV Show: Boy Meets World
John Adams High seems the most realistic. But never mind the fact that it's not as pretty as some of these other ones: we just wish we went there so we could have called Mr. Feeney our teacher. Seriously, can we just give him the award for coolest and most inspirational teacher on TV ever?
Rancho Carne High School
Movie: Bring It On
Okay, yes, this movie is about some totally superficial cheerleaders, but we still wish we went to Rancho Carne. Think about it: this is one school where a gURLs' team (the cheerleaders) rules over the lame football team that can't seem to win a game. The gURLs are the star athletes here, not the guys, and we're pretty down with that.
Ojai High School
Ojai High from Easy A reminded us more of a college than anything else. Getting to go outside in the gorgeous California weather every time you need to go to your locker sounds pretty good to us. Plus, there's wacky teachers and, of course, Woodchuck Todd as your mascot. We're in.
William McKinley High School
TV Show: Freaks and Geeks
We kind of only want to go to the original William McKinley (no relation to Glee...) so we could hang out with the cast -- Seth Rogen, James Franco, and Bijou Phillips.
William McKinley High School
TV Show: Glee
But we'd love just as much to go to the New Directions WMHS, too. Between getting slushies thrown at you, dealing with total haters and some seriously mean jocks, and having Sue Sylvester around, this is one high school that definitely seems a little scary. But in the end, our love for Mr. Schue and New Directions has won us over.
TV Show: Gossip Girl
Take away the mean gURLs and the elite cliques, and Constance Billard actually seems pretty cool. The "uniforms" are really flexible, there's always a huge dance to attend, and the building is pretty freakin' beautiful. Also, we wouldn't mind starting our school day by sitting on the front steps of the most famous museum in NYC.
You had us at spontaneous singing and dancing. Who didn't want to be a part of that huge bleacher song? And we definitely wish we could have attended that dance competition party. But the end of the year carnival takes the cake: a ferris wheel, games and tons of rides just for finishing the year up. We wish our administration would take some pointers.
East Side High
Movie: High School Musical
Spontaneous singing and dancing wins once again. We loved all the energy Troy, Gabriella and the rest of the Wildcats had, especially when it came to the arts.
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Movie: The Harry Potter series
Hogwarts is without a doubt the coolest school on our list. It's technically not a high school, but it definitely could not be left out. We'll take classes about magic and learning spells over Math and English any day. And every other cafeteria just looks lame when compared to the Great Hall, with it's amazing changing ceiling and disappearing food. And don't even get us started on the Great Lake, the Forbidden Forest, and Hagrid's hut.
North Shore High School
Movie: Mean Girls
Despite the Burn Book and Regina George, wasn't there something about this high school that just made you want to go there? We loved the fact that they had a Christmas talent show. Once again, we have total teacher envy: why couldn't Tina Fey be teaching usAlgebra every day?
Shermer High School
Movie: The Breakfast Club
Yes, we pretty much only see the library of Shermer, but this high school still tops our list. This school's got the most diverse bunch of 'em all, and we even kind of wouldn't mind dealing with that grouchy old principal.
TV Show: The O.C.
We rarely saw the inside of this high school since the cast was too busy getting into trouble elsewhere. But when we did, it just seemed so cool. Let's not forget about the freakin' awesome student lounge -- video games, a pool table, and a coffee shop. Best. Study hall. Ever.
Forks High School
Movie: The Twilight series
One main reason we would love to go here: we'd be able to eat in the caf beside Edward Cullen (even if he doesn't actually eat). We're pretty sure that's all the explanation needed.