(the gallery will be restored soon)
Rushmore was shot on
location at Anderson's alma mater, St. John's School in Houston,
But finding the perfect location for the school was another of the
filmmakers' challenges. A full scale search began as the first
draft of the screenplay was being written. Director Anderson says,
"We always planned to film in New England, during autumn,
with the leaves falling. I was waiting for the one school campus
where I would say, `Here it is'-there was one in England, but then
we decided not to shoot in England. Then my mother sent pictures
of my own school and I realized that's what I was trying to find
Anderson talks about the design of the movie. "We wanted it
to feel kind of like a fable, I guess; a little unreal. And we
wanted to show the way Max sees Rushmore, which is a place that he
loves all out of proportion with anything. And I kept thinking of
period movies. Powell and Pressburger's `The Life And Death Of
Colonel Blimp,' and also `The Age Of Innocence'
and this Truffaut film `Two English Girls.' Of course, `Rushmore'
isn't a period movie. But it seemed like the right idea. So my
cameraman Bob Yeoman, production designer David Wasco, and I
watched those movies together. And we looked at some pictures by
photographer Jacques-Henri Lartigue, who reminds me of Max, and
that became a part of it. And then, when Max gets kicked out of
Rushmore and he gets sent to this huge place called Grover
Cleveland High School, we made it like a prison. Cold and
desolate. Because that's the way he sees it."
The Grover Cleveland sequences were shot at Lamar High School,
which is located directly across the street from St. John's the
same way that Grover Cleveland is right across the street from
Rushmore in the script -- though Max comments wistfully to Miss
Cross when he visits Rushmore that he "misses the seasons.
And watching the leaves change."
Credit: Rushmore press kit
While Rushmore is a "fairy tale" without a specific time or
setting, the movie was filmed in Wes Anderson's hometown of
Houston, Texas. In fact, the Rushmore Academy is Wes' alma
mater, St. John's School. We're very excited to present
you this page and hope that you have the opportunity to visit
the locations yourself.
The Rushmore Academy is forever indebted to Abrahán Garza and his
chapel partner Daniel ("take care, pal") for the
pictures presented on this page.
Much of the school is "played by" St. John's School
and St. John the Divine Church, Wes Anderson's alma mater (St.
Mark's School, from where Owen Wilson was expelled, is featured in
2401 Claremont Lane
Westheimer Street @ Buffalo Speedway/Claremont Lane, inside Loop
Cleveland High School
When Max is expelled from Rushmore, he is forced to attend ::
shudder :: public school. Grover Cleveland High School is Lamar
High School, also in Houston.
3325 Westheimer Street
Bert's shop is Doug and Don's Barber Shop on East Eleventh
Street in Houston.
219 East Eleventh Street
The Appleby House
The cemetery where Eloise Fischer rests in peace is the
3506 East Main Street at I-45
Max and Dirk fly a kite as Max encounters Margaret Yang at the
Delmar Stadium parking lot.
220 Magnum Road
The hotel where Mr. Blume stays after being sued for divorce
is the Warwick Hotel.
5701 Main Street