Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Where the F is Doug? #7

by Doug Schultz
Let's get back to the basics.

I have no doubt that every single one of you will be able to ID this famous location in a split second. I'm just happy I was able to see it in real life (despite a giant security fence limiting closer access, which would have given me a better shot for this column). Now, let's talk about the movie!


As always, please post your guesses in the comments below. If you can find a matching movie still or video that features this location, great! Share that as well. If you're stuck, I'll post clues throughout the day.

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Good luck!


  1. I wanna say Hill Valley High School, but I don't remember the entrance being chamfered like that, I remember it having a 90-degree angle. However, the fenestration pattern and centered second story window looks right. Hill Valley High is my final answer.

    1. Oh! We got F This Architecture ovah here!

  2. High school high?

  3. Nuke 'Em High. I can tell by the spray paint. Close the thread.

  4. Totally Hill Valley High school (and definetely not Beverly Hills/Sunnydale High; that's the real-life Torrance and is very Spanish Californian.)

  5. Great photo, Ivan. You (and Joseph and Brian and El Gaith) are right! This is Whittier High School on Philadelphia Street in Whittier, CA, A.K.A. Hill Valley High School from BACK TO THE FUTURE.

    What a great movie.

    I felt like a creep trying to get this photo. It's a functioning high school surrounded by a wrought-iron fence. I was circling the perimeter for about 15 minutes looking for the right angle (I failed). Some kids gave me weird looks. WHATEVER.