Filming Location,  Movies

John Adams Middle School from “Heathers”


The middle school steps featured in the end of cult classic film “Heathers”.


John Adams Middle School
2425 16th Street
Santa Monica, CA


“Heathers”, the dark comedy precursor to classics like “Clueless” and “Mean Girls”, starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Spoiler alert: at the end of the film, Veronica (Ryder) watches J.D. (Slater) blow himself up with a homemade bomb while the rest of their classmates are inside at a pep rally.

The epic and smoky climax of the film took place on the steps of John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica, which stood in for Westerberg High (named after Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg).

Go ahead and visit the steps yourself!

Just don’t, you know, blow yourself up or anything.


Written by Christina LeBlanc
Location photos by Christina LeBlanc and Alex Poulin

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