I know My So-Called Life has been off the air for over 8 years now, but I am still slightly obsessed with it. When one of my co-workers told me that MSCL was filmed at his high school, University High School in West LA, I set out to have a My So-Called Weekend!
University High School, aka Uni High, is located at 11800 Texas Avenue. Although the front of the high school is quite impressive, it was the back staircase that was actually used as Lincoln High in MSCL. Uni High has a pretty impressive filming history – it was also used in Seventh Heaven, Drillbit Taylor, and Lizzie McGuire – just to name a few.
As soon as I came to the bottom of Uni’s back staircase, I immediately recognized it as Angela Chase’s alma mater. You might remember the staircase from the Halloween episode, when Rayanne spent a great deal of time waiting for Angela at the flagpole located at the top of the stairs.
Now it was time to find the Chase Home. I had a hunch the house was located in South Pasadena, as the producers of MSCL were also the producers of thirtysomething – which was filmed primarily in South Pas. I knew that the address number of the MSCL house was 1110, thanks to the website www.mscl.com – which had several pictures of the real home used in the filming. So – armed with a pretty big hunch that the house would be in the same vicinity as the thirtysomething houses – my boyfriend and I drove up and down South Pasadena streets looking at every single home with a 1110 address until we located the house.
Success came pretty quickly when we found the home at 1110 Glendon Way. The home has been painted since MSCL aired and looks a lot different, but it was still exciting to be there, standing in Angela Chase’s footsteps. And I just had to take a picture mimicking that famous screen shot from the end of the pilot episode when Angela is standing in the middle of the street with her new red hair. 🙂
Stalk It: I would recommend visiting Uni High on a weekend because soccer games are held on the campus on weekends, and one is allowed to walk around without being bothered. Uni High is located at 11800 Texas Avenue in West Los Angeles.
The Chase Home is located in South Pasadena at 1110 Glendon Way, just off Fair Oaks Avenue. While you are in the neighborhood, stop by the Fair Oaks Pharmacy at 1526 Misson St. for an ice cream Sundae. The Fair Oaks Pharmacy opened in 1915 and is an old time pharmacy with a real soda fountain – and it just happened to be used as a filming location in the movie Mr. Deeds.