Dr. Dre gives $10 mil­lion

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR - — Gerrick Kennedy

Dr. Dre has com­mit­ted $10 mil­lion to help fund the build­ing of a new per­form­ing arts com­plex, Compton Uni­fied School Dis­trict told The Times on Thurs­day.

The per­form­ing arts cen­ter will be a part of the new Compton High School.

“My goal is to pro­vide kids with the kind of tools and learn­ing they de­serve,” Dre said in a state­ment to The Times. “The per­form­ing arts cen­ter will be a place for young peo­ple to be cre­ative in a way that will help fur­ther their ed­u­ca­tion and pos­i­tively de­fine their fu­ture.”

The com­plex will pro­vide stu­dents state-of-the-art equip­ment and tech­nol­ogy needed to ad­vance their cre­ative pur­suits, in­clud­ing dig­i­tal me­dia pro­duc­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties and a 1,200-seat the­ater. It will also be a re­source for the com­mu­nity at large, of­fi­cials say.

The hip-hop mogul and Compton na­tive will be di­rectly in­volved in rais­ing the re­main­ing funds needed to com­plete the cen­ter, ex­pected to break ground by 2020.

“The sup­port that Dre has shown to Compton over the years is un­wa­ver­ing and we are so ex­cited that we will now be home to one of the great­est per­form­ing arts cen­ters in the coun­try,” said Sa­tra Zu­rita, pres­i­dent of the Compton Uni­fied’s Gov­ern­ing Board of Trus­tees.

Micah Ali, vice chair­man of the dis­trict’s Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, said the new high school will be the most mod­ern com­plex ever pro­vided to pub­lic school stu­dents.

“We are look­ing for­ward to blend­ing both [Dre’s] vi­sion and that of the dis­trict to pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­di­vid­u­als to both ex­plore and ap­ply their cre­ativ­ity in the arts,” said Darin Braw­ley, Compton Uni­fied su­per­in­ten­dent.

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