The San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, commonly known as "SFIT", is an illustrious university located in San Fransokyo, California.
Over 100 years before the current timeline, the university was built to be attended by students who excel in the field of of science and technology. In order to attend the school, the applicant can register in the school's annual convention at its Exposition Hall, where up-and-coming geniuses showcase new creations to receive acceptance into the university.
By 1916, the SFIT and the San Fransokyo Art Institute became rival schools due to their different points of view. The SFIT students pranked SFAI by stealing their Lenore Shimamoto statue, while SFAI students painted the SFIT's cafeteria. This became known as "Rivalry Week" and turned into a yearly tradition even in modern times.
Many decades later, Professor Granville taught robotics to students such as Wendy Wower and Trevor Trengrove. Trengrove stole Wower's thesis on artificial intelligence and claimed as his own. This turned him famous and an inspiration for many of the future students.
Professor Robert Callaghan, also a genius of robotics, began teaching in the institute and inspired young people since he invented his own Laws of Robotics as well as the Callaghan-Catmull spline.
Another famous man, Alistair Krei, had also been a student of the SFIT, but he took many shortcuts and did things the easy way to achieve his goals, something that Professor Callaghan disapproved of.
Years later, Tadashi Hamada attended the school and earned his own laboratory through hard work, then began the project Baymax inspired by Trengrove's stolen artificial intelligence thesis, also creating a chip containing a large database on healthcare; after many failures, Tadashi kept the finished robot saved in the laboratory for some time, though he showed it to his friends and aunt.
One night, Tadashi takes his younger brother Hiro to the school before going to a bot fight. Hiro meets Tadashi's friends, Baymax, and Callaghan, and the boy is awestruck by the school, then decides that he wants to attend it. To achieve this, he presents his invention, Microbots, at the annual showcase. The presentation impresses Callaghan and grants Hiro acceptance into the school. Following the conclusion of the convention, a fire is started in the Exposition Hall forcing everyone to evacuate. In reality, it was Callaghan who started the fire to seize Hiro's Microbots for himself and fake his own death. He is able to protect himself from the fire with the bots' help, and at that moment, Tadashi rushes inside to save Callaghan, but the building explodes and kills Tadashi.
Callaghan turns into a supervillain as everyone believes he died too, but is eventually discovered and arrested for his crime by Hiro and his former students. Having avenged his brother's death, Hiro officially becomes a student and begins to attend the school with Go Go, Honey, Wasabi and Fred. A building dedicated to Tadashi is erected at the campus, in which Hiro accepts the honor for his late brother.
Professor Granville replaces Callaghan, becoming the new dean and keeping an eye on Hiro whilst being his thermodynamics teacher, but for some reason she is announced as a new teacher despite having worked in the institution for 20 years. Granville also introduces Hiro to bio-tech student Karmi, who used to be the youngest student prior to Hiro's enrollment. Though at first Karmi pretends to be friendly with Hiro, both end up becoming rivals.
Ito Ishioka Robotics LabEdit
The center for the university's robotics program, this building was named after Professor Ito Ishioka. The building is divided into three floors entirely covered with glass to let in natural light, and is powered by solar panel. It was formerly headed by Robert Callaghan until Granville replaced him, and is currently attended by Hiro, Go Go, Wasabi and Honey. Tadashi's lab is also found in it.
This hall is where the annual showcase for applicants take place. Some companies and alumni also attend this showcase as an opportunity to hire young prodigies or even provide them a scholarship.
Periodic Table CaFeEdit
It is the name given to the school's cafeteria/dining hall, which is another separate building. Its name is stylized as CaFe to represent the elements Calcium (Ca) and Iron (Fe).
Tadashi Hamada HallEdit
The building was built by Krei Tech Industries in memory of the late Tadashi Hamada who perished in the fire that consumed the Exposition Hall.
- The university was heavily inspired by the Presidio in San Francisco, a park and former military base with a college-like atmosphere.
- There is some inconsistency with the university's mascot; Fred's mascot costume is a dragon/kaiju-esque creature, yet supplemental materials and items from the university have a ninja as the mascot.
- A cat with rocket boosters on its feet is briefly seen in the lab. This was based on a scrapped idea for Mochi in the film's early drafts.
- The SFIT's comic book counterpart might be the Southport High School, which is a school that Big Hero 6 attended while undercover during a mission in New York.