Director/choreographer Kenny Ortega was insistent that the song be called "High School Musical," which made Nevil and Gerrard squirm. Nevil explained in a Songfacts interview
: "It's just not one of those titles that make you go, 'Oh, I know, that's a hook line.'"
He continued: "But I feel like we sat down with that one and ended up writing a really wonderful song that incorporated that title. I'm not going to say it was my favorite, but I just remember that one feeling like one of the biggest challenges just based upon the title. Kenny really wanted that title to wrap it up, and looking back I totally see why. It sounds like it's supposed to be the title there."