''Rock 'n' Roll High School'' is a 1979 musical comedy film produced by Creator/RogerCorman, directed by AllanArkush, and featuring Music/TheRamones.
Vince Lombardi High School greets its latest principal, Miss Togar (Creator/MaryWoronov), replacing yet another principal who went mad trying to keep the kids in line. Togar sets her evil sights on Riff Randall (P.J. Soles), who's popular, sexy, uncontrollable... and is the school's biggest fan of the Ramones. When the Ramones are scheduled to tour through the city, Riff tries out various schemes to ensure she gets to see the concert and even meet the band to give them a song she's written... but Togar wants Riff punished with detention for eternity if it means getting rid of rock and roll from the school.
A sequel followed in 1991 called ''Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever'', which featured a few returning characters in addition to many new ones.
!!This film contains examples of:
* AdultsAreUseless: The parents do absolutely nothing when Music/TheRamones show up, prompting the question "Do your parents KNOW you're Ramones?"
* AnimalMotifs: White Mice. They're frequently [[RunningGag blown up upon exposure to Ramones songs]], [[spoiler: And two human-sized, anthropomorphized mice show up.]]
* AnythingButThat: The lunch ladies' reactions to [[spoiler:being pelted with the "[[MysteryMeat Tuesday Surprise]]"]].
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Quoth Mr. [=McGree=], "You know, people say your music is loud and destructive and lethal to mice, but I think you're the Beethovens of our time."
* AscendedFanboy: Riff gets to hang out with the Ramones, have them record the song she wrote for them, and [[spoiler: they help her blow up the school!]]
* [[AsHimself As Themselves]]: The Ramones, natch. Vince Lombardi only appears in photos.
* BerserkButton: [[spoiler:As soon as Miss Togar sets her students' records on fire, the students RIOT, put out the bonfire as quickly as possible, and then take over the school with help from their favorite band, Music/TheRamones, whose concert they (and Mr. [=McGree=]) had attended the night before.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Music/TheRamones appear right when Miss Togar tries to burn her student's records -- and just as the students are putting out the fire.
* BookDumb: Riff gives barely a thought to her studies, yet has amassed quite an impressive songwriting portfolio.
* CaptainObvious: "Do your parents KNOW you're Ramones?"
** [[spoiler:Can count as an InJoke as none of the band were actually related; the name was taken from an early alias of Music/PaulMcCartney. The stage names, and the gimmick of the boys pretending to be brothers, were both Dee Dee's idea.]]
* ChainsawGood: At the end, [[spoiler:Riff takes a chainsaw to the permanent records.]]
* CoolCar: The customized Chevy Van that Eaglebauer provides for Tom for his big date, and the '59 Cadillac convertible used by the Ramones.
* CoolTeacher: Mr. [=McGree=] who by the end, becomes the only teacher who supports [[spoiler:the students' revolt, and dances with Riff.]]
* CuteBookworm: Kate.
* DancePartyEnding: To "[[TitleDrop Rock 'n' Roll High School]]".
* DeanBitterman: Miss Togar.
* DreamSequence: Riff fantasizes about the Ramones in her bedroom.
* FakeOutMakeOut: Features a solo Fake-out Make-out in which one of the protagonists turns towards a corner, wraps his arms around himself and mimics the sounds of a couple making out, successfully fooling his pursuers.
* FatAndSkinny / ThoseTwoGuys: The Hall Monitors.
* FreudianSlip: Miss Togar is constantly asking one of her henchmen to read back notes, which constantly turn into his BDSM fantasies of her.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Frequently, an example of which is when Riff [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext puts a slice of pizza in a folder as a memento]] and Dee Dee looks at her like she's crazy.
* GambitRoulette: There's no way Riff and her friend planned on getting their tickets back because they didn't plan that method -- the RADIO STATION did. What's more, the station itself didn't hear of Riff's latest confrontation with Miss Togar, making this a mix of this and SpannerInTheWorks.
* GenreThrowback: Producer Creator/RogerCorman's intent was to recreate the teen movies he started out making.
* GirlNextDoor: Kate (Dey Young), the HollywoodHomely best friend to Riff, who has a crush on star athlete Tom Roberts.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:The music teacher Mr. [=McGree=]]].
* HighSchoolHustler: Eaglebauer. He works in a [[BiggerOnTheInside office room installed in one of the boys' bathrooms]], complete with secretary managing his deals.
* HongKongDub: The lip-synching is off in parts, but gets really noticeable during the end performance of "Rock 'n' Roll High School".
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler:All Miss Togar can say in the end is "Detention."]]
* NextSundayAD: Released in 1979, set in 1980.
* OutGambitted: Possibly the only film where a gambit falls victim to another gambit, which falls victim to a cross between a GambitRoulette and a SpannerInTheWorks.
* ParentalAbandonment: When Riff tries to excuse herself from school in order to wait in line for Ramones tickets: she sends letters claiming her father, her mother, and her goldfish die. Miss Togar proves she lied when her school guards find the goldfish alive and well.
-->'''Togar''': We can assume the parents are still alive... somewhere.
* ThePowerOfRock: The Ramones using rock and roll to help take over a high school? It doesn't get much cooler than that.
* PrecisionFStrike: "Screw you, Miss Togar, we made it to the concert anyway!" Worth mentioning because it was spoken over the radio.
* RedOniBlueOni: Riff and Kate, respectively. And they're often [[ColorCodedCharacters color-coded]] as well.
* RunningGag: The Ramones' music is apparently lethal to mice to the point where they blow up.
* ShoutOut: The film was named after a song from the Ramones' album ''Music/EndOfTheCentury''. Also, a poster of the album cover for ''Music/RoadToRuin'' is briefly visible on one of the doors in the school itself.
* StuffBlowingUp: White mice, [[spoiler:and the school itself.]]
* StuffedIntoALocker: Happens to a hapless and anonymous freshman in a throwaway gag.
* SurrealHumor: Constantly, an example being the scenes with Mr. [=McGree=] at the concert, [[spoiler:flanked by a giant anthropomorphic mouse and a Native American in traditional garb who offers him a pipe.]]
* TrashTheSet: Mount Carmel High School, where the film was shot, had closed a few years earlier, so they were free to [[spoiler:have a giant party and blow the whole place up at the end.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler: Miss Togar]] winds up in a straitjacket.
!!The sequel contains examples of:
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Inverted when Principal Vadar lists the punishable offenses under her new regime. Singing and dancing are at the top, while smoking is considered among the least offensive to her.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Principal Vadar just ''loves'' this trope. Scarily enough, she's more lenient toward ''smoking'' (ItMakesSenseInContext).
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Principal Vadar. Unlike Miss Togar from the first film, she actually turns her school into a concentration camp.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Since [=McGree=] started running things, Rock N Roll High School Day has become an annual tradition at the school (which had relocated due to the destruction of the previous location in the first film). This contributes to the school landing on probation for consecutive years, which gives rise to the regime of Principal Vadar...
* ThePowerOfRock: Weaponized here again.
* RealityEnsues: The school finds itself on probation for consecutive years due to the events of the first film. Averted ([[CrossesTheLineTwice for all the wrong reasons]]) when Principal Vadar takes over.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: How does [=McGree=] react to [[spoiler:his school being destroyed a second time]]? He simply shrugs it off as déjà vu and another opportunity to relocate.