By Gabrielle Becker, Editorial Staff (‘25)

When most kids were younger, they had a preconceived opinion of what high school would be like based on stereotypical movies and tv series. Even so, the real world isn’t a movie, and here is the true reality of high school based on Indian Hills culture.

First up is a high school classic. In January 2006, the popular Disney film High School Musical was released, following the lives and adventures of students at East High School. Gabriella and Troy actively discuss the future and their struggles with college options throughout the film, which is a topic that is frequently discussed at Indian Hills. Coach Bolton, on the other hand, informs the basketball team during halftime of one of their games that this is their moment to shine giving a traditional end-of-season pep talk, where the seniors become emotional and treasure the last time they play with their team. This is comparable to the influence many coaches have on athletes building connections throughout the course of their four years at IHHS. High School Musical also highlights memorable events from senior year, such as promposals, relationships, big championship games, and high school plays. Many of these senior traditions can be seen as mirrored at Indian Hills, with seniors especially relishing the school performance of Chicago, prom, and senior decision day. Since there is a comparable social life and variety of classes, the ambiance of Indian Hills is extremely similar to that of High School Musical. Although some may think High School Musical is the ‘dream’ compared to Indian Hills, it’s more similar than one may realize.

Next is the popular high school romantic teen comedy movie, Clueless. Cher was the mean popular girl who governed the school’s social life with an iron fist. This is in complete contradiction to Indian Hills culture, where friends tend to get along and embrace others for their distinct personalities and characteristics. Clueless also features Cher trying to play matchmaker for friends to help them find love and happiness. This is comparable to Hills culture since there are roses, candy grams, and matchmaking questionnaires on Valentine’s Day. The school itself is rather unorganized with minimal structure, where kids show up to class practically whenever they choose to. This is in complete contrast to Indian Hills, which has a structured environment in which students are expected to consistently arrive at school eager to learn. Finally, the show Gilmore Girls portrays the distinguished schooling of the elite class. Rory is a student at Chilton Academy, a prominent private school that guarantees admission to prestigious colleges. Chilton maintains a different standard than Indian Hills, since students only seek acceptance to Ivy League schools, whereas Hills has a greater variance among colleges. Regardless, Rory also has a complicated love life which many high school students can relate to. Her mother Lorelai is her biggest supporter throughout all their arguments, which relates to mother-daughter relationships for high school teens today. Gilmore Girls also shows the struggle of juggling a job and doing well in school because many people from Rory’s old school lived in a similar area as Indian Hills. All in all, this is a fairly relatable show which truly shows the stresses high school can bring to students, even though their school is far more prestigious.