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(1988)

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Spike Lee was kicked off the campuses of Morehouse, Spelman, and Clark Atlanta University during filming because the colleges' Boards of Directors had concerns on how black colleges were being portrayed in the film. Lee had to finish filming at the neighboring Morris Brown College.
Spike Lee had the actors stay in separate hotels during filming. The actors playing the "wannabes" had better accommodation than the ones playing the "jigaboos", which contributed to the on-camera animosity between the two camps.
'Vanessa Williams' was originally considered for the role of Jane Toussaint. However, Spike Lee was impressed by 'Tisha Campbell''s singing performance in Little Shop of Horrors (1986) that she got the part.
'Tisha Campbell' stated that she had no idea what a "jiggabo" was prior to joining the project.
The fight scene at the end of the fraternity step show was not scripted.
Alton Brown, host of Food Network's "Good Eats", was the steadicam operator for School Daze, as well as the director of photography for REM's "The One I Love" video.
Branford Marsalis, who plays Jordam, performed many of the saxophone solos in the film's score.
Laurence Fishburne (known as Larry Fishburne during the movie) had his teeth capped for his role in School Daze. His signature gap is noticeably missing.
The matching kneepads that Kyme and 'Tisha Campbell' are wearing in the Straight and Nappy scene were not part of the wardrobe. Tisha Campbell had a knee injury throughout the shoot and the stylist gave Kyme a kneepad to match.
To the degree that the film is considered a musical, it is the first studio-funded musical to be directed by an African-American.
Despite mixed reviews, the film cost $6.5 million to make and grossed $15 million making it one of Columbia Studio's most profitable films of 1988.
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"Straight and Nappy" was written by Spike Lee's father Bill Lee. His sister, Joie Lee, who would play a more prominent role in "Do the Right Thing" also got a small part in this film as well.
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Spike Lee and Darryl Bell are members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
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Thanks to Columbia Pictures exec David Pickler, Spike Lee got final cut rights for the film which was pretty rare for any director at the time.
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Jasmine Guy, Darryl Bell, and Kareem Harrison who were in the film was stars of the college based show A Different World. Tisha Campbell Martin was a guest star on the show as well
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According to the commentary of School Daze the DVD Tisha Campbell-Martin she had the cut the blonde dye out of her hair do to damage
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