Did You Know That Netflix’s Heartbreak High Was Filmed In Maroubra Bay High School?

Maroubra Bay High School
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Did you know that many of the key scenes in Netflix’s Heartbreak High were filmed in Maroubra Bay High School? Get to know some interesting details about the former school, which has been chosen as the location of the hit reboot of the famous ‘90s show.


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Some viewers are wondering if the school in the series, Hartley High, is a real school. Although it does not exist in real life, the grounds of Maroubra Bay High School where it was filmed, was once a real school.

Maroubra Bay High School
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The school operated from 1955 to 1990, initially as a junior boys school and later as a boys’ high school. It was formerly called South Sydney Boys High and Junior Technical High School.

Maroubra Bay High School
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The former school was used to film the first five episodes whilst the next two were filmed in Warriewood, which was the fictional Hartley Heights.

The now-closed school was used for a short period only for the Netflix series. Reports indicate that filming for the series started in late 2021 and was completed in February 2022.

Maroubra Bay High School
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Sadly, the former school site, adjacent to Maroubra Bay Public School along Duncan Street, has now been redeveloped into town houses. 

Heartbreak High in Sydney

Maroubra Bay High School
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Besides the former school in Maroubra, the production team also assembled in Tempe, Sydney, at Harry’s Café de Wheels and Maroubra Beach.


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The eight-episode series was released in September 2022. After quicky becoming a global phenomenon, with over 42 million views within three weeks of its first season, Heartbreak High has been confirmed for a second season.

It’s not yet announced where Netflix will shoot Heartbreak High Season 2, given that the former school site was recently developed.