Bridey Heing
Updated Apr 22, 2015 @ 8:01 am

A Chicago area high school was recently packing up to move to a new location when they found something totally unexpected among the filing cabinets: An original script of the ULTIMATE 1980s film The Breakfast Club. The script, which features a few changes from what eventually turned into the movie we all know and love, was stashed along with other paperwork from the film’s 1984 production. Why did this school have so much awesome memorabilia? As it turns out, that’s where the film was shot!

Maine North High School, in Park Ridge near Chicago, served as the set for the iconic coming-of-age story, written and directed by Chicago native John Hughes. Hughes kept his Chicago ties after becoming the teen voice of the 1980s, including shooting Ferris Bueller’s Day Off there.

As Don Kenney, chief financial officer for the district, told the Chicago Tribune, Maine North was the perfect place for Hughes to shoot the film. “We had a closed high school, it was empty and there was a lot of space,” he said. “Hughes lived in the north suburbs and that’s where he produced most of his flicks. I thought, ‘Well, gee, it’s a nice use of a great building and maybe we can make a buck and pay the heating bill.'”

The copy of the script they found was signed off on by the school’s then-superintendent, John Murphy. It also features a smudge of pizza grease in a corner, although who left it there will forever be a mystery. Should we pretend it was Molly Ringwald? Let’s pretend it was Molly Ringwald.

Although the script is very, very close to what was eventually shot, a few notes from it and other documents show a few key changes. One is that Molly Ringwald’s character was almost called Cathy Douglas, rather than Claire Standish. Another is that The Breakfast Club was almost Saturday Breakfast Club. There may be even more differences from the final script if a TBC scholar read through it with a monocle (obvs). If only we could get our paws on that script!

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