Vancouver’s Templeton Secondary School was founded back in 1927 and has gone on to be well-known for its theatre and film programs. So it’s only natural that a number of Hollywood North productions have used the interior and exterior to replicate other schools.
Here are 8 times Templeton Secondary School played another school on-screen.
Popular young adult super-hero fiction series Smallville followed a teenage Clark Kent and his journey to becoming Superman. The first half of the series is set in high school and used Vancouver Technical Secondary as the main exterior of Smallville High. Templeton Secondary was used for the interior of the school and for some additional exterior shots.
Smallville used a number of locations around Metro Vancouver including a studio in Burnaby, farm in Aldergrove and parts of Merritt and Cloverdale as the town. The show ran for 10 seasons originally airing on The WB and then on The CW which was a merger of The WB and UPN.
MTV award winner and zombie fan favourite iZombie has brought ‘the walking dead’ to Vancouver. Season 2 Episode 10 “Method Head” of iZombie used Templeton Secondary as James Zane High School.
The Vampire Diaries
While the 8 seasons of The Vampire Diaries shot in Covington, Georgia, the pilot episode of the teen supernatural drama was filmed in Vancouver. Templeton Secondary doubled as Mystic Falls High School in the fictional town of Mystic Falls, Virginia where the show is set. Bulgarian-Canadian actress Nina Dobrev starred alongside Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder.
The Secret Circle
The Vancouver-filmed supernatural teen drama The Secret Circle was meant to complement The Vampire Diaries on The CW but only lasted 1 season. Templeton Secondary played Chance Harbor High School set in a Washington town. The diverse international cast included Canadians Jessica Parker Kennedy and Natasha Henstridge.
ABC Family’s sci-fi teen drama Kyle XY was set in Seattle but naturally filmed in Vancouver.Templeton Secondary doubled as Beachwood High School in the show that ran for 3 seasons from 2006-09.
Con artist dark comedy Imposters used used Templeton Secondary as St. Agnes Academy in Season 1 Episode 4 “Cohen, Lenny Cohen”.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
The Diary of A Wimpy Kid comedy film series is based on the book series of the same name. Toronto’s Devon Bostick plays older brother Rodrick. The first three movies have used Templeton Secondary as the interior of Westmore Middle School:
- (2010) Diary of a Wimpy Kid
- (2011) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
- (2012) Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
They also used Shaugnessy Elementary School and Vancouver Technical Secondary.
Templeton Secondary School has also been used in other Vancouver-filmed shows like Supernatural, Bionic Woman and The Man in the High Castle.
Templeton Secondary was used as the front exterior of one of the most famous fictional schools in pop culture: Angel Grove High School in Power Rangers. The 2017 is the third overall in the franchise and served as a reboot to the film series after the 1995 and 1997 releases.
Screen shot photos sourced: moviemaps.org
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