Dr. Dre Donate $10 Million For Compton High School’s New Performing Arts Center

Rap pioneer Dr. Dre is in a incredibly generous mood.

The Compton native has committed $10 million dollars to the construction of a performing arts center for one of his hometown’s high schools.

The center which will boast state of the art creative resources and a 1,200-seat theater.

This will be a part of the new look Compton High School, with students expected to enjoy the luxury center in 2020.

Dr. Dre Donate $10 Million For Compton High School's New Performing Arts Center
Compton Unified School District

“My goal is to provide kids with the kind of tools and learning they deserve,” Dre said in a statement.

“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.”

In addition to his personal contribution, Dre will be involved in raising the additional funds to complete the project.

Dre did not attend Compton High, though his collaborator and N.W.A band mate Eazy-E did.

Dr. Dre Donate $10 Million For Compton High School's New Performing Arts Center
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The Compton High School project is Dre’s  – real name Andre Young – second major funding effort in the Southern California education system.

He and business partner Jimmy Iovine jointly contributed $70 million to the University of Southern California.

The USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, was set up in 2013. 

Per Micah Ali, vice chairman of the Compton Unified School District’s Board of Education said in a statement: “The Compton Unified School District is building what will be the most modern high school complex ever provided to public school students.”

Dr. Dre Donate $10 Million For Compton High School's New Performing Arts Center
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“This extraordinarily ambitious project will be a beacon for transformational change in Compton – giving our community an unparalleled access to opportunity and achievement. Dr. Dre has stepped up and partnered with the school district to make this vision a reality.:

“A true act of giving back to the community in a way that will directly impact the ever-resilient efforts of our students to rise-up and succeed. A true act of leading the way and standing as an example to others of how never to forget where you came from.” 

Once built, the new Compton High is expected to serve approximately 2,500 students. 

Written by Christine Haveford

Christine loves all things cinema, and she's been that way ever since she was a little girl. In fact, she is so passionate about cinema that she decided to pursue cinematography as a full-time career, and is now pursuing film studies at the New York Film School. Originally from Florida, she is still exploring the new city, people, places, and the culture, loves the new weather, going ice skating during winters, and spending time with her fellow classmates and friends from college.

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