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Construction Begins on Long-Awaited Compton High School

LOS ANGELES, CA — Construction is officially underway at the new Compton High School in California. DLR Group's designers recently joined dignitaries, school district leaders, staff, students, and community members to celebrate the milestone.

"A cornerstone of our district's turnaround and elevation has been our investment in facilities improvements, thanks to the support of our Board," said Darin Brawley, Ed.D., Compton Unified School District Superintendent. "I am excited that this day has come and am looking forward to seeing students enjoy the new facility when its construction is complete."

DLR Group's design will transform the district’s oldest high school campus into a dynamic learning environment that elevates education for Compton students and educators. The design solution centers around learning suites that support project-based learning, student exploration, and general instruction. These educational spaces are designed as separate suites that can be linked together with moveable walls that open and close, allowing teachers and students to customize their spaces to support a variety of learning activities.

"This school represents yet another significant step forward in Compton Unified’s efforts to elevate student success and ensure that our schools are providing relevant, future-oriented classes and activities," said Micah Ali, Compton Board of Trustees President. "I am thankful for our construction partners who are bringing the absolute best in facility design and construction for our Compton scholars."

Located within the civic core of Compton, the campus is organized around a grand diagonal pedestrian boulevard that expands the existing civic core. Dubbed the Academic Boulevard, this axis reaches toward the community’s civic center to the northeast of campus, and to a public park and regional bikeway to the southwest. Each end of the “boulevard” is anchored by civically-oriented programs such as a new performing arts complex on the southwest corner that is being designed with, and partially funded by Compton-native and producer Andre “Dr. Dre” Young. On the opposite end, there are new fitness and athletic venues that provide competitive athletic facilities for football, baseball, soccer, swimming, tennis, and more.

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"DLR Group’s design provides various applied learning environments to engage students in real-world experiences," said Alenoush Aghajanians, Assoc. AIA, DLR Group Senior Design Leader. "Learning will be on full display. ... Instructional spaces that open to commons areas, gallery spaces, and to the Academic Boulevard will spark interest and curiosity about what’s happening at the new Compton High School."

The high school is expected to open in 2025.

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