Where Was 'Sweet Valley High' Filmed?

From the 1990s Saban TV show "Sweet Valley High"

Like, if you were a teenage girl in the 1980s and 1990s, there is, like, a good chance you might have devoured a copy or two of "Sweet Valley High", Francine Pascal's 181 books or so about diametrically opposed twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield.

Pascal set the make-believe suburb of Sweet Valley in California. The characters eventually doubled the believability factor in 1994 with a TV adaptation, produced by Saban and starring real-life twins Brittany and Cynthia Daniel. The series fizzled out in 1997, and by the turn of the millennium, the books themselves. Pascal went on to pen another popular YA series, "Fearless."

But Sweet Valley is forever.

You can still visit the school that channeled the Wakefields' famous alma mater. Sweet Valley High on TV is actually Alexander Hamilton High School in Castle Heights, Los Angeles, a popular filming location. 

Cover art for Book #118 of the Sweet Valley High series and the fa├žade of Alexander Hamilton High School in the Los Angeles Westside. Photo via Jorobeq

The story of how "Sweet Valley High" came about had something to do with another US city entirely—or a TV show about it. As Pascal relates to EW, she had been inspired to write a "'Dallas' for young people."

Booker T. Washington High School in Dallas, Texas. Via Nadia Eimandoust

Nothing is finite in Hollywood, and in 2011, the "Sweet Valley High" series got its much-awaited sequel, "Sweet Valley Confidential." And it's only a matter of time before we see double again on our screens. A movie adaptation is in the works at Paramount, with a revolving door of scribes from "Juno's" Diablo Cody to "Rick and Morty's" Jessica Gao.


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