At the time, it was the most watched original movie for the channel with 7.7 million viewers.
That record was trumped by its sequel, "High School Musical 2," with 17.2 million viewers.
The success was so uncommon for a Disney channel original movie, that the story of basketball star Troy Bolton (Efron) and his classmates became a trilogy ending with a theatrical release.
ZAC EFRON MISSES "HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL" 10 YEAR REUNION SPECIAL Disney's hottest hunk during the early 2000's grew up to be a Hollywood stud.
They met as students at NYU and have been dating since 2013.
Yes, they may have started dating well-into Cole’s hottie transformation, but she was around before he became the social-media fantasy he is today.
It was also named as the official theme song for the 2007 Little League World Series, the Discovery Kids drama series Flight 29 Down, and the Disney Channel Original Movie Jump In! His first lead role was in the film Catch That Kid (2004).
Class has been out of session for ten years for the Wildcats of East High.
Disney's "High School Musical" aired a decade ago Wednesday, on Jan. The song and dance flick, which catapulted leading star Zac Efron into stardom, was a goldmine for Disney.
High School Musical star told People about the lavish affair.
Naturally, their first dance wasn’t just your standard minute-and-a-half of swaying side by side.