List of places on Degrassi

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This is a list of notable places seen and featured in the Degrassi universe. As the series occurs in Toronto, these places—some fictional, some not—are located in the aforementioned city.

Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High[edit]

  • Degrassi Junior High - The high school students attend, which burns down at the end of the third season.
  • Degrassi High - The high school the cast attends for the final two seasons of the series.
  • Lucy's house - The location of many parties throughout the series. It was here where Spike and Shane had sex, and Spike got pregnant with Emma as a result.
  • Shoppers Drug Mart - The drugstore where Arthur and Stephanie Kaye's mother works and both Wheels and Joey visited to purchase condoms, and where Erica purchased her home pregnancy test. Joey also worked there in "School's Out".

School's Out[edit]

  • Bronco's cottage[1] - The location where much of School's Out takes place.

Degrassi: The Next Generation[edit]

  • Above the Dot - An all-ages substance-free music venue above The Dot Grill that Peter opened in season 9.
  • Banting University - The university that Paige attends before dropping out. Liberty and Damien plan on attending Banting. Located in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Bardell High School - A high school in the Toronto area that competed with Degrassi students in various episodes at sports events. One notable student is Dean, the boy who raped Paige.
  • The Break Room - A pool hall introduced in the seventh season.
  • CQJH - A TV Studio where Caitlin works in seasons 3 and 4.
  • Degrassi Community School - The centric school.
  • The Dot, formerly The Dot Grill - A café that is a hangout spot for many Degrassi students, the establishment serves food, drinks, and snacks. It suffers a severe fire at the end of season 9, but is renovated before season 10. Spinner is the manager, past employees include Paige, and Holly J., and Peter.
  • Lakehurst High School - A high school that burned down during semester break between season 6 and 7, resulting in its students being transferred to Degrassi.
  • Little Miss Steaks - Introduced in season 10, is a country and western themed restaurant, Holly J. was a waitress there. Marisol is a waitress there in season 11, and KC is a busboy.
  • The ravine - A place to smoke, drink beer, and "hook up". (Since season 4)
  • Smithdale University - The university Manny, Emma, and Liberty attend. Degrassi Goes Hollywood takes place in part at Smithdale.
  • University of Toronto - A real university, it is the university Ellie and Johnny attends. Some outside scenes are shot at the University of Toronto.
  • TVM - A parody of MTV, is a music channel with headquarters in New York City. First seen in Degrassi Takes Manhattan, its studios were filmed at the MuchMusic studios at 299 Queen Street West, Toronto.
  • Vanderbilt Prep - A New York private school where Bobby Breckinridge, Declan Coyne, and for a short time, Fiona Coyne, attend twelfth grade in season 10
  • Zanzibar - A strip club where Alex works in "Don't You Want Me?". Unlike most of the locations mentioned in the Degrassi series, Zanzibar is a real strip club located on Yonge Street in Toronto.

Degrassi Community School[edit]

Degrassi Community School
Address
240 De Grassi Street[2]
Toronto, Ontario, M4A 1Q3[2], Canada
Coordinates 43°43′11″N 79°19′1″W / 43.71972°N 79.31694°W / 43.71972; -79.31694 (Degrassi Community School)[3]
Information
Motto Pro Disciplina Colligo[4]
(For teaching, assemble)
Opened 1986[4]
Status open
School board Toronto District School Board
Principal Dan Raditch (up to season 4)
Daphne Hatzilakos (seasons 5-7, 9)
Mr. Sheppard (season 8-9)
Archie "Snake" Simpson (seasons 10-present)
Faculty see Faculty
Grades 7-8 (up to season 1)
7-12 (seasons 2-4)
9-12 (seasons 5-present)
Language English
School colour(s) Gold & blue         
Slogan The perfect human being is all human beings put together, it is a collective, it is all of us together that make perfection.[5]
— Socrates
Sports Basketball, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, power squad, wrestling
Mascot Panther
Nickname Degrassi
Team name Panthers
Rival Bardell High School, Lakehurst High School, (until it burned)
Publication The Grapevine, The Anti-Grapevine, The Degrassi Daily

Degrassi Community School is a fictional junior high/high school in the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation and the titular academy primarily associated with it. It consists of students from grade 7 through grade 12 and the student body is made up of the cultures and backgrounds, paralleling and reflecting the multiculturalism associated with Toronto. The school originally was split up into two, one for grades 7-8, and another for 9-12. In season two, the school decided to merge (mainly so that the characters could all attend the same school) and house grades 7-12. However, this is not a real school; the set is a warehouse sized studio made to look like one at Epitome's studios. After season 4, there have been no characters on the show, minor or major, in grades 7 or 8. In season 10 a school uniform is instituted, the shirts are colour-coded by grade.

History[edit]

Founded in 1986[4] as Degrassi Junior High School, the facility is believed to be the same facility used in Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High. In 1989, it combined with a high school, and became Degrassi High. The school was remodeled and renamed to "Degrassi Community School" for the school year starting in September 2001, and played host to the 1991 Ten Year High School Reunion shortly thereafter.

The school's first nighttime dance was held in 2001, named "Starlight, Starbright".[6]

At the start of season 7, Degrassi Community School merged with rival school, Lakehurst Highschool, causing much friction between both schools, much of which had to do with the recent death of Degrassi student J.T. Yorke. The rivalry resulted in many fights and hatred between the students.

Academics[edit]

Media Immersion Program[edit]

One of the most distinctive programs featured in the Degrassi Community School, is its Media Immersion Program (taught by Mr. Simpson up to season 9, and held in the computer lab). The program features high speed computers with internet access (via ADSL as of 2001)[7] and other educational programs. It also features the most up to date media software programs, all part of the new renovation planned by Mr. Raditch, "proudly bringing Degrassi to the 21st Century".[8]

The computer lab uses a network, notably using a system called "D-Mail", where students may instant message each other, and send e-mails.

Eighteen new computers were provided by the television program NaK, News About Kids, in exchange for showing their morning broadcasts. Though biased and a source for propaganda which also promotes certain commercial products, the NaK broadcasts were consented to be shown by a vote of parents of the Degrassi students.[9]

Faculty[edit]

  • Principal Daniel Raditch, (Former) Principal and literature teacher in the Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High series'
  • Principal Daphne Hatzilakos, (Former) Principal, science teacher and gym/school coach
  • Principal Sheppard, (Former) Principal and football coach
  • Principal Archie Simpson, Current Principal, and (former) media immersion teacher
  • Mr. Armstrong, Gym/school coach and math teacher
  • Mrs. Bollinger, (Former) media immersion assistant
  • Ms. Dawes, Art, drama, English teacher
  • Mr. Ellis, Chemistry and science teacher
  • Mrs. Kwan, English and drama teacher
  • Ms. Oh., Current media immersion teacher
  • Ms. Chantel Sauve, School guidance counselor
  • Sheila, (Former) lunch lady
  • Mrs. Smith, Secretary[10]
  • Mr. Odie, History teacher
  • Mrs. Jasmia Toomer, (Former) web mastering

Layout[edit]

Completely renovated and changed by 2001, the Degrassi Community School features untraditional design schemes using new materials. Named a Community School, Degrassi does not follow the typical public school layout but closer to being identified as an alternative school. By 2002, the school had yet again been completely changed and reinvented as it underwent a merge to become both a Junior High School and High School.

There are multiple unique aspects of the Degrassi school. In the spacious front lobby, a mural outlooks the front steps, one later redrawn by Jimmy Brooks. Written primarily at the top of the walls above the locker/hallway areas, there are a number of inspirational quotes employed. The main foyer is host to Degrassi's own motto, written larger and bolder than the other quotes.

After J.T. dies in season six, a memorial garden at the school is built in his name.

The actual set for where the school scenes are shot in is a warehouse sized studio at Epitome Pictures. Outfitted to look like an actual school, the set features perhaps the most intricate and detailed designs, including numerous fliers, bulletins, and posters pertaining to the fictional Degrassi Community School. The studio is also used for filming the other sets, such as character's bedrooms, in the series.[11]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Basketball
Mr. Armstrong (season 1-present, coach), Jimmy Brooks (seasons 1-7, captain; seasons 6-7, assistant coach), Spinner Mason (seasons 1, 3, team manager), Sean Cameron, Derek Haig, K.C. Guthrie, Dave Turner, Connor Deslauriers (water-boy)
Called the Degrassi Panthers, the basketball team is one of the proudest school teams, defeating various rival schools and even having a chance for the regionals. In the beginning of 2001, 15 hopefuls tried out for the team but there were only 12 spots. As Armstrong judged who made the team based on their game performance against Earl Grey, Jimmy and Spinner were cut from the team (the former would be reinstated at the end of the semester).
Cheerleading (a.k.a. Spirit Squad (seasons 1-7), Power Squad (seasons 8-present)
Paige Michalchuk (seasons 1-5, captain), Hazel Aden (seasons 1-5, co-captain), Manny Santos (seasons 1-5, 7, choreographer), Darcy Edwards (seasons 4-7, captain), Peter Stone (season 6), Chantay Black (seasons 4-10, captain), Mia Jones (seasons 7-8; captain), Holly J. Sinclair (seasons 7-8, captain), Anya MacPherson (seasons 7-10), Jenna Middleton (seasons 9-10), Marisol Lewis (seasons 10-11), Tori Santamaria (season 11)
The Grapevine
Liberty Van Zandt (seasons 1-7), Ellie Nash (season 2-5), Anya MacPherson (season 7)
The Anti-Grapevine
Chantay Black (season 8-10), Anya MacPherson (season 8-10)
The Degrassi Daily
Katie Matlin (season 11-present), Marisol Lewis (season 11-present), Clare Edwards (season 11-present)
Football
Derek Haig, Bruce the Moose, Jane Vaughn, Danny Van Zandt, Riley Stavros, Sav Bhandari, Drew Torres, K.C. Guthrie, Zane Park, Owen Milligan, Connor Deslauriers, Mo Mashkour
Gymnastics
Manny Santos, Emma Nelson, Hazel Aden, Kendra Mason
Lacrosse
Terri McGreggor, Kendra Mason, Alex Nuñez, Meredith Miller, Serena
Mascot
J.T. Yorke (seasons 1-7), Danny Van Zandt (seasons 8-9), Zig Novak (season 11)
Soccer
Spinner Mason, Jimmy Brooks
Video Announcements
Liberty Van Zandt, Emma Nelson, Heather Sinclair, Ashley Kerwin, Holly J. Sinclair, Sav Bhandari, Katie Matlin
Wrestling
Sean Cameron, Toby Isaacs

Student council[edit]

  • President: Ashley Kerwin
    • Secretary: Liberty Van Zandt
    • Beginning of Presidency: Family Polictics (103)
    • End of Presidency: Jagged Little Pill (115)
  • President: Marco Del Rossi
    • Vice-President: Alex Nunez
    • Beginning of Presidency: King of Pain (403)
    • End of Presidency: Death of a Disco Dancer (503)
  • President: Liberty Van Zandt
    • Vice-President: Toby Isaacs
    • Beginning of Presidency: Death of a Disco Dancer (503)
    • End of Presidency: We Built This City (724)
  • President: Holly J. Sinclair
    • Secretary Danny Van Zandt
    • Beginning of Presidency: Didn't We Almost Have It All (804)
    • End of Presidency: The Rest of My Life, Part 1 (920)
  • President: Sav Bhandari
    • Vice-President: Holly J. Sinclair
    • Beginning of Presidency: Breakaway, Part 1 (1003)
    • End of Presidency: Take a Bow, Part 2 (1127)
  • President: Katie Matlin
    • Vice-President: Marisol Lewis
    • Beginning of Presidency: Dead & Gone, Part 1 (1128)
    • End of Presidency: Hollaback Girl, Part 2 (1143)
  • Acting President: Marisol Lewis
    • Social Coordinator: Fiona Coyne
    • Beginning of Interim-ship: Hollaback Girl, Part 2 (1143)
    • End of Presidency: It's the End of the World as We Know It, Part 2 (1240)
  • President: Drew Torres
    • Vice-President: Clare Edwards
    • Beginning of Presidency: Summertime (1301)

Alumni[edit]

Graduated at Degrassi
Future graduates
Honorary graduates
Left before graduation
  • Terri McGreggor – (transferred to private school before season 4)
  • Jay Hogart – (expelled in season 4)
  • Craig Manning – (dropped out in season 5 to pursue career in music)
  • Sean Cameron – (expelled in season 6, returns in season 7, only to leave to join the army)
  • Ashley Kerwin – (dropped out in season 7 to pursue career in music)
  • Darcy Edwards – (left to do charity work in Kenya in season 8, it is unclear when she returned)
  • Derek Haig – (left before season 9, it is unclear what happened to him)
  • Mia Jones – (left in season 9 to become a model in Paris)
  • Bruce the Moose – (shy credits in season 9, it is unclear what happened to him)
  • Blue Chessex – (left before season 10, it is unclear what happened to him)
  • Declan Coyne – (transferred to a private school in season 10)
  • Leia Chang - (left before the second-half of season 10, it is unclear what happened to her)
  • Wesley Betenkamp - (left before season 12, it is unclear what happened to him)
  • K.C. Guthrie - (moved to avoid his abusive father in season 12)
  • Tori Santamaria - (moved before season 13)
Died while attending Degrassi
  • Claude Tanner - committed suicide in the boys bathroom after Caitlin refused to go out with him in Degrassi High season 2. His dead body was discovered by Snake.
  • Rick Murray - shot fellow student Jimmy Brooks, Sean Cameron then accidentally killed him by wrestling the gun away in season 4
  • J.T. Yorke - was stabbed by Lakehurst student Drake Lempkey in season 6.
  • Campbell Saunders - committed suicide in season 12.
  • Adam Torres - died after texting while driving accident in season 13.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Websites[edit]

  • MyRoomPage - Blogs, similar to MySpace (season 6)
  • FaceRange - Similar to Facebook (season 8-present)
  • ChatSoFast - Similar to Chatroulette (season 10)
  • Hastygram - Similar to Instagram (season 13)
  • Oomphchat - similar to snapchat (season 14)

References[edit]

  1. ^ School's Out at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ a b "Parents' Day". Degrassi: The Next Generation. Episode 105. 18 November 2001.
  3. ^ Note: The above coordinates are for the building used for filming at Epitome Studios. 240 De Grassi Street is approximately 7 km away at 43°39′56″N 79°20′54″W / 43.66556°N 79.34833°W / 43.66556; -79.34833 (De Grassi Street).
  4. ^ a b c "The Rest of My Life, Part 1". Degrassi. Episode 920. 16 July 2010. 2:22 minutes in. MuchMusic. http://www.muchmusic.com/tv/degrassi/episodes/movie.aspx.
  5. ^ "Mother and Child Reunion, Part 2". Degrassi: The Next Generation. Episode 102. 14 October 2001.
  6. ^ "Eye of the Beholder". Degrassi: The Next Generation. Episode 104. 11 November 2001.
  7. ^ Mr. Raditch: "and the jewel of the Degrassi crown, the Media Immersion Lab. Every computer here is connected to the internet via high speed telephone access" "Mother and Child Reunion, Part 1". Degrassi: The Next Generation. Episode 101. 14 October 2001.
  8. ^ Terri: "The Media Immersion Program is very unique [sic] to our school. We have over fifty high speed computers with internet access and other educational programs" .../Terri: "this is all part of the new renovations planned by Mr. Raditch" "Mother and Child Reunion, Part 2". Degrassi: The Next Generation. Episode 102. 14 October 2001.
  9. ^ Emma: "NaK is totally bias." .../Mr. Raditch: "Have you seen the new computers in the Media Immersion Lab? Eighteen new computers thanks to NaK. In exchange, we show their morning broadcast. .../Mr. Raditch: "the parents voted for it" "Parents' Day". Degrassi: The Next Generation. Episode 105. 18 November 2001.
  10. ^ "Basketball Diaries". Degrassi: The Next Generation. Episode 107. 2 December 2001.
  11. ^ Epitome Virtual Reality Inc., "Degrassi Fan Pages FAQ", Degrassi.tv. Subheading: Where/ how is Degrassi filmed?, "The show is mainly filmed in the Epitome Pictures studios, a former warehouse that has been converted to look like a real school. The studio also houses the interiors of some of the characters' homes, and a mall food-court area. As a result, the majority of Degrassi is filmed inside one large studio. However, we do occasionally take the production "on location" to various places around Toronto that are impossible to re-create in a studio."
  12. ^ Daphne Hatzilakos: "and now without further ado, I'd like to welcome to the stage, Degrassi's graduating class of 2006..." "High Fidelity (Part 2)". Degrassi: The Next Generation. Episode 519. 20 March 2006.