Dr. Dre is one of the most influential rappers in the industry today. The rapper has a long illustrious career behind his back and he does not shy away from sharing some of that success with people. It appears that Dr. Dre just donated a massive amount to a high school to help them build a new campus.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the legendary artist has donated $10 million to Compton High School to help break ground on a $200 million campus. In response, the school is naming its new performing arts center the “Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ Young Performing Arts Center.”
Dr. Dre said at Saturday’s groundbreaking ceremony, “I was an artistic kid in school with no outlet for it,” He further said, “I knew I had something special to offer to the world, but with nothing to support my gift, schools left me feeling unseen.”
The new campus will include an academic building that can serve up to 1,800 students, a new gym, an aquatics center, a football stadium, and a track. The rest of the project is funded through the district’s bond measure passed in 2015. The school’s principal, Rigoberto Roman said at the ceremony,
“This new campus that will be erected, it will be erected upon deep roots and outstanding accomplishments that have been established over decades, “Let us embrace this change for the sake of our future and our children’s future. This is a type of change to celebrate.”
Dre attended Centennial High as well as Fremont High, but eventually dropped out. During his speech, he reflected on how things would’ve been different for him had he had access to better resources. He said during his speech, “I’ve always wondered how much further ahead I might have been had the resources I needed in school were available,”
“If I had learned more about the business industry, I would have saved myself [an] extreme amount of time, money and most importantly, [made] a lot of friendships.”
The new campus is expected to open in 2025. In addition to donating to the high school, Dre also recently partnered with Jimmy Iovine to open a magnet public school in South L.A. and also donate $70 million to USC to create a new academy. Stay tuned to Thirsty.
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