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James Buchanan High School Reunion, 2008, as seen in Chuck Versus the Cougars

James Buchanan High School is a fictitious school located in San Diego, California, from which several characters from the Chuck universe graduated, including Jenny Burton, aka Sarah Walker. It features in the Season Two episode, Chuck Versus the Cougars.



Main Article: Chuck Versus the Cougars

The high school is the location of Sarah Walker's class reunion, and where Mark Ratner agrees to hold a deal - monitored by Chuck, Sarah, and Casey - with the Russian mob to trade US super bomber plans.


  • Whilst there is no such school in San Diego in real life, James Buchanan High was the name of the school in the sitcom, Welcome Back, Kotter located in Brooklyn.
  • Given the love of comic books on the part of the creators, there may also be a Marvel Comics Bucky Barnes reference here.
  • Heather Chandler name is a reference to the cult film, Heathers.
  • Mark Rattner's name is a reference to the film, Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
  • Dick Duffy is a reference to the DC Comic Catwoman as Jo Duffy and Dick Giordano were writers/artists for it.