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HISTORY

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MICHAEL ANTONOVICH

The vision of a public, tuition-free high school dedicated to training young artists within Los Angeles County was born in November of 1984 when L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich and arts philanthropist Caroline Leonetti Ahmanson collaborated with L.A. County Office of Education Superintendent Stuart Gothold to found the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Foundation.

CAROLINE

AHMANSON

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STUART

GOTHOLD

1984

In November of 1984, Michael Antonovich and Caroline Ahamanson create the LACHSA Foundation with the aim of supporting a new public high school for the arts.  LACOE Superintendent Stuart Gothold is named Board president.

1985

Gothold offers to run the school through LACOE's Division of Alternative Education while CSU Chancellor Ann Reynolds offers the school a home at CSULA. In April of 1985, the Educational Foundation of America provides a generous grant to help fund the Foundation's efforts to establish the school.

NOVEMBER

APRIL

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CSU

LOS ANGELES

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TERESA

HUGHES

With Gothold serving as Board President of the Foundation, a unique partnership was forged between LACOE and Cal State LA in which LACHSA would be administered by LACOE through their Division of Alternative Education while the school would conduct classes in King Hall on the campus of CSULA.

Additional funding was secured from a generous grant by the Educational Foundation of America which proved instrumental in the Foundation's efforts to realize the school. With the passage of Bill AB851 by former assemblywoman Teresa Hughes, LACHSA was established as a specialized secondary school on the campus of CSULA and opened its doors to students in September of 1985.

1985

Bill AB851 is passed by former assemblywoman Teresa Hughes establishing LACHSA as a secondary school on the campus of CSULA and the school opens in September of 1985 using classrooms in King Hall and the Fine Arts Building on the CSULA campus.

On February 23rd, 2011, ground is broken at CSULA for a new building to house LACHSA. This state of the complex would hold 21 multi-purpose classrooms, a film studio, editing bay and music technology studio along with a 300 seat black box theatre and an 800 seat outdoor amphitheater. The finished complex opens in March of 2013 ushering in a new era at LACHSA.

SEPTEMBER

2013

MARCH

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On February 23rd, 2011, ground was broken at CSULA for a new building to house LACHSA. This state of the complex would hold 21 multi-purpose classrooms, a film studio, editing bay and music technology studio along with a 300 seat black box theatre and an 800 seat outdoor amphitheater. The finished complex opened in March of 2013 ushering in a new era at LACHSA.

LOS ANGELES COUNTY

HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS

LACHSA (Building 20)

5151 State University Drive Los Angeles CA 90032

323-343-2550 (p)  |  323-343-2574 (f)

lachsa_info@lacoe.edu

Los Angeles County

Office of Education

LACHSA  |  born to create