WSU English recommends: Fictional schools

English departments across the country are talking about the Netflix series, The Chair! The show stars Sandra Oh as Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, who recently became the first female chair in a struggling English department at fictional Pembroke University.

Characters in the Breakfast Club trapped behind a security gate
The Breakfast Club, 1985

Here's a crowdsourced list of favorite schools from film, TV, and literature recommended by Wayne State students and faculty for great ideas for your next binge-watch or read! Schools with more than one recommendation are noted with an asterisk.

  • Barden University from Pitch Perfect
  • College on the Hill from White Noise*
  • East High from High School Musical
  • Glenbrook North High School from Ferris Bueller's Day Off
  • Greendale Community College from Community
  • Hogwarts from Harry Potter*
  • North Shore High School from Mean Girls
  • Ridgemont High School from Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Salvatore Boarding School from Legacies
  • Shermer High School from The Breakfast Club
  • Sunnydale High School from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • The U from Galatea 2.2
  • Tree Hill High from One Tree Hill*
  • Welton Academy from Dead Poets Society
  • Vince Lombardi High School from Rock 'n' Roll High School
  • Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters from X-Men
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