What is it supposed to be on the show?
Where is it supposed to be on the show?
When did we see it on the show?
A. In Episode
6 (of Season 4), "Dirty Harry".
short scene is part of a montage of shots
showing the Trinity Killer's
public persona, while Dexter's voice-over tells us about how serial killer
Arthur Mitchell passes as a family man, a teacher, and a church deacon.
What is it actually in real life?
Where can I find it in real life?
A. The school
seen in the screencaps above is Horace Mann Elementary School,
at 257 Coronado Avenue, in
Long Beach, CA.
In the shot,
we are looking east/southeast, at the west side of the school.
on Coronado Ave, between 3rd Street & E. Vista Street.
a three blocks north of Dexter & Rita's
And it's about half a mile southwest of the gas station
where Dexter is accosted by the rogue female cop.
Parking Only" signs you see posted along the street (when Arthur is
at his car), and which read "William Mosely High School",
( Horace Mann,
by the way, was a 19th century education reformer, generally considered
"the father of American public education", and there are several
schools in the L.A. area named after him. William Mosely, on the other
hand, was the first governor of Florida.)
shot the photos below in November 2009.
Here is an aerial
photo of the school. And here is a map
Trinity's school reappears in the 8th episode, in a scene where Dexter
meets Arthur Mitchell at the school, and cons him into taking him along
on Arthur's out-of-town van trip (where Dexter plans to kill him).
Since they began that scene with the exact same establishing shot of
Horace Mann School, I assumed the scene, like the previous school scene
(in episode 6), had also been shot at Mann, so I didn't pay much
attention to the details.
However, it turns out that they pulled a switch on us, and shot that
Episode 8 scene at different school (after faking us out with that
In December 2014, I got an email from a fan, Daniel Chao, who told me he was sure it had been shot at Charles Evan Hughes Middle School, at 3846 California Ave, in Long Beach.
in the Bixby Knolls area of Long Beach, about six miles northwest of
the original Horace Mann School, but only a mile east of Trinity's House.
At first, since I assumed Daniel was talking about that original
Episode 6 scene, I thought he was wrong. But once I realized he
was referring to the second scene, in Episode 8, I checked the episode, and sure enough, he's right.
That van scene was shot on a road inside Charles Evan Hughes school, between the school's gym and the auditorium.
When they leave in the van, they are headed south, towards
the school's playground: (the palm tree appears to be a prop)
As Arthur first gets into his van, you can see, in the background,
an iron fence and a gray home near a red chimney:
Both details match perfectly match perfectly to the Google StreetView, as the
camera looks north (from within the school grounds) towards Roosevelt Road.
[ Here is an aerial
photo of Hughes Middle School. And here is a map
How the heck did you figure out where it was?
A. I did
this the hard way: by looking at every single school in Long Beach (plus
a few in Hollywood & San Pedro), via Google StreetView, until
I found it - at Horace Mann.
At first, I
thought I had lucked into finding it, when I noticed that a school next
to the gas station looked almost exactly
like Arthur's school. But when I made a close comparison, I could see that
it wasn't the same school. (It's amazing how many of Long Beach's schools
But that made
me pay closer attention to the schools in that general area, which is where
I finally found, just north of Dexter's house.
And then, some five years later, Daniel Chao let me know that the second scene was shot at Hughes middle school.
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