Springfield boasts an opera house , an outdoor amphitheater , an arboretum , and a vibrant jazz scene, and was previously regarded as the entertainment capital of its state. Springfield Preparatory School was a private school in Springfield. The very first known appearance is the episode " Life on the Fast Lane " where Homer forgets Marge's birthday and after rushing out to purchase a gift, he ends up buying a bowling ball. Additionally, in another episode the students are forced to car pool when the school bus is wrecked after Otto falls asleep at the wheel and the bus crashes into the auto wrecking yard. Several tearful children watched. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. Portland Public Schools N.