Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Collegiate gothic in Los Feliz

When I was a kid, I loved the '60s television show Mr. Novak, starring James Franciscus as a young, sensitive high school English teacher.

A year ago, while exploring Los Feliz, I came across the building (at 3939 Tracy St.) that served as the exterior establishing shots for the series: John Marshall High School.

John Marshall High School, 1931

The collegiate gothic structure was closed from 1975 till 1981 for retrofitting, following the earthquake of 1971.

Establishing shot from Mr. Novak, 1963

The original ornate tympanum over the front doors, as well as the doors themselves, have been replaced by a more modern security entrance, but otherwise the building looks remarkably similar.

A very young Walter Koenig, later Chekov in the original Star Trek series, played a Russian immigrant youth in this episode of Mr. Novak. Still gripping after all these years.


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  4. Not sure what all the other comments are about they make no sense for this subject. This is a very famous school I was born and raised here on the east side of Hollywood this is where we got sent. I graduated from here being the youngest of 8 who also all graduated from here this school. It was the setting for so many movies and TV shows. You must not be from LA if you ''stumbled'' upon the school and never knew about it. Here are some of the movies and TV shows...
    GREASE (best movie ever) A Nightmare on Elm Street, Pretty in Pink, The Wonder Years, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Mr. Novak, Bachelor Party, Boy Meets World, , Zapped!, Smart Guy, Kenan & Kel, Sister Sister, Grosse Pointe Blank, Can't Hardly Wait, Supernatural, Boston Public, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Cory in the House, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (film), Hannah Montana,Good Burger, Like Father Like Son, Room 222, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Lucas Tanner, Amityville 4, Charlie Bartlett, Slaughterhouse Rock, Cirque du Freak, School of Rock, Home Room, iCarly, Who's the Boss?, True Crime,and Space Jam. OH AND Van Halen's HOT FOR TEACHER video LOL! and many more