- De Grassi St.
got its name from Captain Filippo De Grassi a soldier who became a member of the infamous Family Compact an elite group that
ran the Canadian government.
- Degrassi Junior High won an
International Emmy for the controversial "Spike gets pregnant" storyline.
- In honour of the Emmy, Spike's
baby was named Emma.
- The concept of Degrassi started
in 1979 when a teacher at Earl Haig Senior Public School in Toronto had her students videotape themselvestelling stories.
- Before Linda Schuyler created
Degrassi with her partner Kit Hood, she was a Jr. High School teacher.
- Alannah Myles played Cookie's
mom on The Kids of Degrassi Street long before the single that launched her singing career "Black Velvet" was released.
- Nina Annis, who played Lois
in Degrassi Junior High, actually lived on the real Degrassi St
which is located in Toronto.
- Neve Campbell's brother, Christian Campbell, played Todd in classic Degrassi.
- While filming Degrassi Junior
High, Stacie Mistysyn had a crush on Stefan Brogren.
- The first kid to audition
for the role of Joey Jeremiah in Degrassi Junior High was Pat Mastroianni, who continues to play that rile in The Next Generation.
- While taping Degrassi Junior
High, Stacie Mistysyn was known as "Sock Head" because she wore cut-up socks as headbands.
- In the classic episodes of
Degrassi, the cast wore mostly their own clothes and did their own makeup.
- In School's Out, Stefan Brogren's
character Snake was the first person to say the "F" word on Canadian television. The second, Stacie Mistysyn, a few moments
- Eight of the classic Degrassi
cast members are now teachers, including the twins Angela and Maureen Deiseach who played Erica and Heather Farrell.
- The "students" of Degrassi:
The Next Generation weren't even born when the original Degrassi series first aired.
- Pat Mastroianni was only supposed
to guest star on one episode of Degrassi: The Next Generation.
- Degrassi has been broadcast
in more than 100 countries.
- Kevin Smith had a teenage
crush on Caitlin Ryan (Stacie Mistysyn).
- Siluck Saysanasy who played
Yick Yu on Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High, worked as an assistant director on Degrassi: The Next Generation.
- Over the different series,
there were primarily 2 bands. Zit Remedy in the Classic shows and Downtown Sasquatch for Degrassi: The Next Generation. The
big difference - The Zit Remedy played only one song,"everybody wants something", over and over, and over again.
- Daniel Clark and Ryan Cooley
starred together in the Sixth Grade Alien before landing their roles in Degrassi: The Next Generation.
- Many of the adults who guest
starred on the classic Degrassi shows and Degrassi: The Next Generation are not actors, but members of the crew.
- Sue Johanson's Sex with Sue,
inspired "Dr. Sally" in a few Degrassi Junior High episodes. Years later, on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Johanson gave
sex education classes to the kids.
- On Degrassi Junior High it
was Shane McKay, played by Bill Parrott, who fathered Spike's baby Emma. Billy decided not to return as Shane for The Next
Generation, so Jonathan Torrens from Jonovision was cast in his stead.
- Other famous guest stars over
the past 25 years include Elwy Yost, Don McKellar, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jayne Eastwood, Alanis Morissette, Kevin Smith and Jason