Tour Wes Anderson's High School, a.k.a. the Set of 'Rushmore'

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When Wes Anderson scouted locations for the all-boys prep school in his second film, Rushmore, he looked as far as the U.K. in search of the perfect location. "It wasn’t until he saw some photos of St. John’s," his own high school, "that he realized the places he had been imagining were the ones he knew from going to school there," A.V. Club's Kyle Ryan writes. The school ended up providing inspiration, the location, and a host of student extras for the film, as showcased in the film's "yearbook montage" sequence, cataloging Max Fisher's extracurricular activities at the fictional Rushmore Academy. Pop Pilgrims, a travel series about culture from The Onion's A.V. Club, travels to Houston, Texas, Anderson's hometown, to check out the school and other locations in the film. 

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
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