The Compton native – who has donated $10 million to the project – joined city and school leaders for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the first stage of the set-up and the functioning of the center.
The facility will include a 1,200-seat theater and will be a place for young people to be creative in a way that will help them pursue their education and positively define their future.
“When I was approached to fund a performing arts center that would provide arts and technology education to students and be accessible to the community at large, I was all for it,” said Dr. Dr. “I wanted to give the young people of Compton something that I never had.”
Dr Dre – born Andre Young – grew up in Compton and rose to fame as a member of NWA, whose debut album was called ‘Straight Outta Compton’.
He went on to find success as a solo artist, producer and businessman.
The performing arts center will be the first new high school to be built in nearly a decade in the greater Los Angeles area.
Compton High School is over 100 years old.
“This is very historic for Compton,” Compton Unified School District Board Chairman Micah Ali said.
The full groundbreaking ceremony was posted on CUSD’s YouTube page.
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