High school is a universe of seemingly endless drama — with nuggets of comedy, too — as these 30 classic movies and TV shows set in the classroom perfectly illustrate. From the working-class students of 1967’s “To Sir, With Love” to the enthusiastic songbirds of modern-day “Glee,” high school characters have made us laugh, cry and beat a hasty path to our local mall — to scoop up the plaid skirts and knee socks of “Clueless,” the legwarmers of “Fame,” the hooded Bajas of “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Who can forget Ferris Bueller’s white wingtips and Tracy Flick’s prim sweater vests and Jordan Catalano’s leather choker? And the hair — “Don’t touch the hair,” insisted Vinnie Barbarino of “Welcome Back, Kotter.” As millions of teenagers head back to school, here’s a look back at their most entertaining fictional counterparts.
TV and the Movies Go Back to School
These 30 film and television classics that take place in the classroom capture the fashion trends and mind-set of teenagers for almost 50 years.
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