Chad Danforth is one of the main characters. He is the best friend, co-captain and fellow basketball teammate of Troy Bolton. He is portrayed by Corbin Bleu.


He is a basketball star and is best friends with Troy Bolton.

High School Musical

At first, he's against Troy's "singing thing," and with the help of Taylor McKessie, he plots to stop Troy and Gabriella Montez from singing.

Sports and basketball mean everything to him. As you can tell, he's rarely seen without a basketball under his arm.

During competitions, he always yells, "What team?" and his teammates say, "Wildcats."

He chose to go to University of Albuquerque.

High School Musical 2

In the 2nd film, Chad and his friends spend summer vacation working at the Lava Springs Country Club, which is owned by Sharpay & Ryan's parents.

What they don't know is that it is Sharpay's scheme to make Troy be a part of her show in the traditional Star Dazzle Show which is performed every year in her country club. Troy becomes so obsessed by new opportunities that he begins to forget what's truly important to him and Gabriella ends up leaving and he has a big quarrel with Chad.

When Chad is offered to be a part of the performance, he is in at first, but decided to back out after Troy became blinded by fame. In the end, he was persuaded by Ryan to do the show. However, Sharpay makes an announcement to forbid all the staff members from being part of the show. When Troy realizes that he has lost sight of himself, he decides to do what's right and worked out his friendship with Chad.

In the end, Chad and the others took part of the performance. Then the rest of the summer was all about hanging out and having fun with everyone.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

In the 3rd and final installment, Chad is forced to participate in the spring musical. Though he was resistant to the idea at first, he eventually gives in and uses most of his time to practice. He receives a scholarship in the University of Albuquerque, which he intends on attending when he graduates high school.

Chad is so excited about entering University of Albuquerque, something he and Troy had been talking about for a long time, that he does not see his best friend's troubles about choosing either sports or theater.

He takes part in the musical, which turns out to be a success.

After the spring musical, Troy runs into the school gym and plays with Chad one last time. After Troy decided to play basketball and study theater at University of California, Berkeley, he realizes it's time to go separate ways, but is happy to know that they will meet again when the season comes, when they play against each other.

On graduation day, Chad and his friends perform one final last dance as celebration for the end of their high school days that they will never forget about.


Other Singer(s) Song Place
High School Musical
Troy & the Wildcats Get'cha Head in the Game East High Gym
HSM Cast Stick to the Status Quo East High Cafeteria
HSM Cast We're All In This Together East High Gym
High School Musical 2
HSM 2 Cast What Time Is It? East High
Troy, Gabriella, Taylor, Kelsi, Zeke, Jason & Martha Work This Out Lava Springs Kitchen
Ryan I Don't Dance Baseball Field
HSM 2 Cast Everyday Lava Springs Stage
HSM 2 Cast All For One Lava Springs Pool
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Troy & Gabriella Now Or Never East High Gym
HSM 3 Cast A Night To Remember East High Auditorium
Troy The Boys Are Back Junkyard
Zeke, Jason, the Wildcats & the cheerleaders Now Or Never (Reprise) East High Auditorium
HSM3 Cast We're All In This Together (Graduation Version) East High Auditorium
HSM3 Cast High School Musical East High Football Field



Chad wears his white and red or yellow shirt in all three High School Musical movies.


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High School Musical Logo
Films: High School MusicalHigh School Musical 2High School Musical 3: Senior YearSharpay's Fabulous AdventureHigh School Musical 4

TV Series: High School Musical: Get in the Picture
Video games:Work This Out!Sing It!Sing It! 3Senior Year DanceSing ItDisney Sing It: Pop HitsDisney Sing It: Party HitsDisney Sing It: Family Hits
Music: High School Musical (Soundtrack)High School Musical 2 (soundtrack)High School Musical 3: Senior Year (soundtrack)Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure (soundtrack)High School Musical Hits RemixedHigh School Musical 2: Non-Stop Dance Party

HSM: Troy BoltonGabriella MontezSharpay EvansRyan EvansChad DanforthTaylor McKessieKelsi NielsenZeke BaylorJason CrossMartha CoxMs. DarbusJack BoltonMrs. Montez

HSM2: Thomas FultonLucille BoltonVance EvansDarby EvansBoiThe Sharpettes
HSM3: Tiara GoldJimmy ZaraDonnie DionCharlie DanforthMrs. DanforthPrincipal Matsui
SFA: Peyton LeverettRoger EllistonTiffani DestinAmber Lee AdamsGill SammsNeal RobertsBerry TaylorMr. GonzalesMrs. Gonzalez

East High SchoolBolton HouseholdMountain Ski ResortLava SpringsStanford University
HSM: Start of Something NewGet'cha Head in the GameWhat I've Been Looking For + (Reprise) • Stick to the Status QuoWhen There Was Me and YouBop to the TopBreaking FreeWe're All in This Together

HSM2: What Time Is It?FabulousWork This OutYou Are The Music in Me + (Reprise) • Humuhumunukunukuapua'aI Don't DanceGotta Go My Own WayBet On ItEverydayAll for One
HSM3: Now or NeverRight Here, Right NowI Want It AllCan I Have This DanceA Night to RememberJust Wanna Be with YouThe Boys are BackWalk AwayScreamSenior Year Spring MusicalHigh School MusicalJust Getting Started
SFA: Gonna ShineMy Boi and MeMy Girl and MeNew York's Best Kept SecretThe Rest of My Life