There isn't a lot of Shakespeare in '10 Things I Hate About You,' the 1999 teen movie riff on 'The Taming of the Shrew,' but the setting of "Padua High" couldn't be more fitting: a romantic, turreted brick edifice resembling a castle, perched atop a beautiful bay. It's the perfect backdrop as Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) pursues headstrong Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles).
Yes, it's a real high school: Stadium High in Tacoma, Washington, just a short drive from Seattle, where the rest of the film is set. (The park where we first meet Kat is in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood. And the prom is held at the Paramount Theater in downtown Seattle.)
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