(the gallery will be restored soon)

Rushmore was shot on location at Anderson's alma mater, St. John's School in Houston, Texas. 

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 all along." 

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. 

Rushmore Academy
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 Bottle Rocket). 

2401 Claremont Lane
Westheimer Street @ Buffalo Speedway/Claremont Lane, inside Loop 610 West
Houston, Texas

Grover 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
Houston, Texas

Bert's Barber Shop
Bert's shop is Doug and Don's Barber Shop on East Eleventh Street in Houston.

219 East Eleventh Street
Houston, Texas

The Fischer House

Emerald Street
Houston, Texas

The Appleby House

North Boulevard
Houston, Texas

The Cemetery
The cemetery where Eloise Fischer rests in peace is the Hollywood Cemetery.

3506 East Main Street at I-45
Houston, Texas

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Kite Flying Society
Max and Dirk fly a kite as Max encounters Margaret Yang at the Delmar Stadium parking lot.

220 Magnum Road
Houston, Texas

The Hotel
The hotel where Mr. Blume stays after being sued for divorce is the Warwick Hotel.

5701 Main Street
Houston, Texas

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