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Top Ten Degrassi Junior High T.O. Hangouts

Teen pregnancy, teased-out hair, and Joey Jeremiah’s fedoras: Degrassi Junior High had it all. Long before the likes of Drake and other airbrushed teens reclaimed the famous fictional school for the noughties, the first season of DJH changed not only after-school programming but Canadian television. Critically acclaimed for its frank take on social issues (now somewhat diluted by the dated, outrageous fashion) DJH resonated beyond the 49th parallel, running on PBS and the BBC—anyone who has hosted a visiting DJH fan to the city has had to break the news that there is no “real” Degrassi Junior High. But there’s no shortage of memorable moments that were filmed around the city. Some of the locations have changed over time, but as the kids on Degrassi learned, that’s just part of growing up.

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  • http://twitter.com/Peter_Lynn Peter Lynn

    Nice to see a Torontoist map that finally includes something on the east side, though you could hardly have avoided it in this case.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    Maybe if anything ever happened east of the Don…

  • http://twitter.com/tapesonthefloor tapesonthefloor

    #11 would have to be the Donut Factory on Pape where Michelle gets her first job. The interior hasn't changed a single bit for those nerdy enough to make the trek.

    Exterior (on left)

    Interior

    And #9, the Shoppers, had remained exactly as it appeared in Degrassi—inside and out—until just last year when it was renovated completely. I think I have a photo somewhere…

  • http://twitter.com/johnsemley3000 John Semley

    East of the Don rules, baby. EOTD 4 LIFE

  • jojuki

    Mock on, tyrannosaurus. We have History on our side.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    A history of sucking, that is!

    ;)

  • jojuki

    Wow, go far in school?

  • http://www.puppetvision.info Andrew

    Although there isn't a “real” Degrassi Jr. High, the school that stood in – now Centennial College's Centre for Creative Communications – is very much still there. It was extensively renovated in the early-to-mid `90s and some of the areas featured in the series like the gym (now a film/TV studio) and auditorium (now space used by Boreal College) are gone, many of the distinctive architectural features seen in the show are still there.

  • jojuki

    Mock on, tyrannosaurus. We have History on our side.

  • tyrannosaurus_rek

    A history of sucking, that is!

    ;)

  • jojuki

    Wow, go far in school?

  • http://www.puppetvision.info Andrew

    Although there isn't a “real” Degrassi Jr. High, the school that stood in – now Centennial College's Centre for Creative Communications – is very much still there. It was extensively renovated in the early-to-mid `90s and some of the areas featured in the series like the gym (now a film/TV studio) and auditorium (now space used by Boreal College) are gone, but many of the distinctive architectural features seen in the show are still there.

  • BD

    #10 was shot in the west end, in the green space just east of the Boulevard Club. Check the background for the Gardiner and Lakeshore.