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Iron Lake High School

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A high school.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A.  In the small town of Iron Lake, New York.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 3, of Season 9, "Smoke Signals".

    The school first shows up when Dexter speaks with the school principal and learns that his son, Harrison, did exceptionally well on a test. But the school  thinks that he probably cheated.

    Dexter thinks retaking the test will prove that he didn't cheat, but that idea angers Harrison, who thinks his long-lost father should be sticking up for him.

    It turns out later that he didn't cheat, and when he retakes the test to prove it, he does even better than before

    In another scene at the high school, Harrison befriends a nerdy loner named Ethan, and defends him when a group of boys attempt to bully him in the hallway.

In the fourth episode, there is an emergency situation at the high school involving Harrison. At first it seems that Ethan had planned an attack on the school as revenge for being mistreated, and that Harrison stopped him, and was injured in the process.

As a result, Harrison is hailed as a hero.

But Dexter is suspicious, and confirms that the blood spatter from the incident doesn't match Harrison's story. The evidence leads Dexter to conclude that Harrison was the aggressor, and then, after injuring Ethan, inflicted the wound on himself to make it look like he was the victim.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. An actual high school, just not in New York.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. In the real world, this is Nashoba Regional High School, at 12 Green Road, in Bolton, Massachusetts.

( Photos courtesy of Ron B. )

    This is one of the few key Iron Lake locations that Isn't located in Shelburne falls, where you'll find most of the main Iron Lake spots, such as the Iron Lake Tavern, the Iron Lake Police Department, and Fred's Fish & Game.

    In the fourth episode, it is implied that the high school is on the west side of the river (along with the Tavern and the Police Department), when we see people hurrying west across the iron bridge following an emergency alert at the high school

    But "Iron Lake" (Nashoba) High School, is actually  some 60 miles east of Shelburne Falls and the rest of those Iron Lake locations.

    But it is near some other Dexter New Blood locations. It's less than two miles south of the spot where Angela pulled Dexter over to the side of the road in the first episode, and about four miles east of Edward Olsen's mansion.

    You can find the school's website here.

    They filmed at this school for about two weeks in July 2021, a longer time than just about any other one location (with the possible exceptions of Shelburne Falls and Camp Collier).

    Because it was summer when they shot there, it required a lot of fake snow for the outdoor scenes. They put down so much snow that I assumed they would be shooting mainly outdoors.  But surpringly, they seem to have filmed mainly indoors, including In the hallways, the gymnasium, the cafeteria, and the school theater.

      Here is a Google StreetView of the school:

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. The first time I identified this high school as a filming spot for Dexter was after they released photo of the interior of a theater where they said they were filming a scene. Given the size of the auditorium, I assumed it was probably located at a high school or college. But it still wasn't easy to find . I spent a long time tracking down a matching image of that interior, and finally determined that it was the theater at Nashoba Regional High School.

    But at the time, I didn't know they were filming anything else there, other than that theatre scene.

    However, a few days later, DexterDaily ran a story about them filming at a high school, with fake snow, and included the name and address of the school (which I found a bit irritating, since I had just spent a long time tracking it down myself).

    After that, there were a number of local news stories about Dexter filming at Nashoba.

    Later, Ron B. drove out the campus and shot the photos you see above. ( Thanks, Ron ! )

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