Schoolbus Hijack – Golden Gate Heights

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School’s out and some kids are about to take a detour with Scorpio.

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The bus rounds a hillside corner at 01:22:45...

The bus rounds a hillside corner at 01:22:45...

...pulls up next to some concrete steps...

...pulls up next to some concrete steps and some kids get off (01:23:07)

Scorpio comes up the steps and into the bus (01:23:09)...

Scorpio comes up the steps, climbs into the bus and says (01:23:09)...

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In 2009, this location, like the cross at Mt Davidson,  still looks the same as it did in the movie.

The steps are located by 15th Ave & Noriega near Grand View Park, north west of Forest Hill.

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Spring 2009, 15th St & Noriega at Grand View Heights

Spring 2009, 15th Ave & Noriega near Grand View Park

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The steps can be seen beneath Grand View Park (below):

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The view north on Noriega is identical to the shot in the movie where the bus rounds the corner. In 2009, you can still see the streetlight, and fire hydrant next to it, that driver Marcella Platt (Ruth Kobart) drove past in 1971.

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The bus rounds a hillside corner at 01:22:45...

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The fire hydrant and steetlight are still there

2009 - The fire hydrant and steetlight are still there

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2009 - up close and personal with the hydrant seen at 01:22:45

2009 - up close and personal with the hydrant seen at 01:22:45

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Marcella drives the bus uphill to the south as the kids start singing “old MacDonald”…

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Driving off to south on Noriega

Driving off to south on Noriega

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In 2009, some of the houses in frame 01:24:01 are still the same colour, and the streetlight on the left is still there too:

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2009 - the school bus drove away to the south

2009 - the school bus drove away to the south

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While not in the movie, only 50 metres north on 15th Ave is the Moraga Steps. The steps are an extension of Moraga St and feature some beautiful mosaic murals created by the local community:

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Moraga St steps - looking up toward Noriega and Grand View Park

Moraga St steps - looking up toward Noriega and Grand View Park

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3 Responses to Schoolbus Hijack – Golden Gate Heights

  1. Arouttpoeptef says:

    Awesome story, I did not thought this would be so interesting when I looked at the link!

  2. Neil says:

    Phat blogpost, great looking blog, added it to my favorites.

  3. Roscoe says:

    Here in 2016 and still watching the movie on AMC. And looks great in blu ray.

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