Beverly Hills 90210: 10 Rules For Coolness At West Beverly High
Fox’s hit series Beverly Hills 90210 revolved around a group of teenagers at arguably America’s most posh secondary school, West Beverly High School. It was overflowing with pretty, rich kids with attitude bursting out of their acid-wash seams. There was a suitably dramatic mix of personalities, from troubled loner, to fish out of water, to nerd, to innocent girl, to bad girl. But every high school has its unwritten rules for coolness, and our friends at West Beverly were no exception. Here are the top 10:
10. Don’t Play School Sports
In most high schools, the athletes rule the roost. But not so much at West Beverly. Who was the captain of the football team? Anyone? School sports were often springboards for other issues on Beverly Hills 90210. In season two, we were introduced to Kyle Conners, a school track and football star. But he only seemed to exist to come out of the closet so we could see how our cool kids dealt with that revelation. He also brought up the issue of steroid use on the school track team. As for our favourite West Beverly alums? Brandon was briefly seen on the track team with Kyle. He tried out for the basketball team, but only to expose the subject of ringers. We also see Brandon capably playing hockey once in the high school years, while Dylan and Steve look profoundly awkward in their hockey gear. Steve seems to excel at a little beach volleyball action in the summer. Dylan surfs. But our heroes are not exactly Friday Night Lights material.
9. Have an Exposed Forehead
Here we’re talking mainly about the guys. Kelly and Brenda had fabulous bangs covering their foreheads during the high school years. On the dude side of things, Dylan led the way with his James Dean rebel look, bangs moussed or gelled straight up, pointing toward the heavens, like the wind from a high-speed motorcycle trip was perpetually blowing his bangs back. Steve’s curly blonde locks rarely strayed below his hairline. Brandon at times had a bit of a wave up front, but it rarely dipped below his hairline. David’s hair was usually especially product-laden, with bangs slicked or swept back. Finally, the guy who proves that bangs make you uncool at West Beverly: Scott. Remember him? David’s best friend in the early episodes was known for wearing a Lakers hat, and later a cowboy hat, with bangs draped over his forehead. And what happened to him? Not only did he have trouble fitting in, but he went and shot himself dead.