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Preston, Idaho: Napoleon Dynamite's Tetherball Court

The film Napoleon Dynamite, chronicling a few weeks in the life of a high school geek, was released on June 11, 2004 and rapidly became a cult classic. It was shot almost entirely in and around the town of Preston. You can see the outsides of Napoleon and Pedro's houses, but the most iconic shot in the film was its last one, with Napoleon and Deb playing tetherball.

525 S. 4th E., Preston, ID
The court is on the south side of town, on the south side of Oakwood Elementary School. From US Hwy 91 turn north onto S. 4th E. (Sinclair gas station). Drive north one block. You'll see a school bus lot on the right, and a parking lot just beyond it. Park in that lot. Walk around the south side of the school building, and you'll see the court behind it, hidden from the street. For more thrills: Napoleon's house is northeast of town at 1447 E. 800 N., and Pedro's house (where Napoleon practiced his sweet jumps) is downtown at 59 S. 2nd E. These locations are all private property; please be respectful.
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Napoleon Dynamite's Tetherball Court

I did not see Napoleon Dynamite's tether ball court. Considering the background of the shot and where the high school is located, I'm not sure this is the spot. But for other shots, this is definitely the school used in the movie.

[Shaun Bell, 05/16/2015]

The tether ball court is at the elementary school, not the high school.

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