Mission High school, my alma mater, is featured several times in this film about the Mission District of San Francisco. Benjamin Bratt turns in a top notch performance as Che the 14 Mission Muni Bus Driver. He is raising a son who attends Mission High as a single dad so lots of complex scenes about this take place. Che still lives in the house he grew up in the lower Mission and he is a low rider on the side. Lots of great scenes of the Mission, Castro and Potrero Hill fill the screen. Lots of attention to what the neighborhood really looks like.
I can't get over the amount of attention Mission High gets in the film - hallways, outside along 18th Street, the gym and even a Mission High graduation take place - in one scene Che's son Jesse - Jeremy Ray Valdez wears a Mission High Sweat shirt. . Mission hasn't got this much attention since Bobby Freeman the singer from the late 50's attended Mission. He had a hit single "Do You Want to Dance" on the charts when he was a student there in 1958. Since Carlos Santana graduated from Mission I expected to hear some Santana music in the film even some Malo, but no luck. Lots of soul music and some latin riffs here and there. Santana music would have really been perfect, but.... In any event Mission High students and alumnus should feel some pride considering the attention Mission received in the making of this film.
Go see "LA MISSION" and go Mission BEARS... My mother graduated from Mission in 1937. I graduated from Mission in January 1959. Ten years later taught beginning English in the evening program in 1968 and 1969 and was Social Studies department head for the the Summer Session of 1968.
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