location: Dexter's High School Reunion.
Q. Where can I find it in real life?
A. This is actually Woodrow Wilson High School, at 4400 E 10th Street, in Long Beach, CA.
The view of the school's exterior seen in Dexter's flashback (when he remembers Janet) was shot at the southeast corner of 10th St. & Ximeno Ave, with the camera looking southeast, the same view seen in my photo below.
They filmed here at night, after the students were gone home for the weekend.
They not only used the
school's exterior, but also its hallways, classrooms, and the football
field (for those flag football scenes). They used the same field
for the scene of Bob entering Dexter's kill-room under the
bleachers. (To be specific, it was the east end of the north
Despite all the "Panthers" banners in
these scenes (and the Panther mascot head worn by Dexter during the
kill scene), the actual team at Wilson High is called the Bruins.
You'll find the school's website here.
I shot the photos below in 2011:
Here is an aerial
photo of the school. Here is a Google StreetView.
Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. In previous seasons, I've
usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes,
using clues from the various scenes. By the 6th season, though,
I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an
eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know
in advance when something was about to film there.
This tip came from Rick,
who let me know they'd be shooting there. So, I drove past on several
occasions, expecting to find the crew there. But no luck.
(Later, Susan later emailed me a photo of a no-parking sign outside of the school, but that turned out to be a false alarm.)
Eventually, they sneaked
in for a night time shoot, over the weekend of June 4th - so I missed
them. But I found their leftover no-parking signs afterward,
indicating they had been there from 6 PM Friday to 2 AM Saturday.
Later, of course, when the episode aired, it was a simple matter of
recognizing the school.
I did want to make sure,
though, that the kill-room scene was shot at the same school. So
I checked the bleachers area via Bing's aerial photos, and found a perfect match on the east end of the north bleachers.
(After the episode aired, Julie also emailed me to let me know she recognized the school.)
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