Andre "Dr. Dre" Young and Jimmy Iovine have partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District to open a high school for young entrepreneurs in marginalized communities. Set in south Los Angeles, the school will combine elements of business, technology and design to help mold the next generation of innovators and changemakers.
“This new partnership with Jimmy, Dr. Dre and the USC Iovine and Young Academy will help open the doors of opportunity for students, in particular Black and Latino children, from communities which have been historically underserved,” Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner said.
“Much like the work of the Academy, this effort will help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators.”
Young and Iovine's latest endeavor will build upon the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy that opened in 2014. Enrolling 25 students per year, the academy helps train young college students about the ins and outs of business building, technology and much more. Graduates of the academy have gone on to work for companies like Facebook, Google, Apple, Sony or even start their own businesses. The two business moguls hope to bring the same level of success to their new high school.
“We want to give the next generation of students access to a proven, revolutionary learning experience that will not only prepare them for the jobs of today, but equip them to reimagine and shape the jobs, technologies and creative enterprises of the future,” Iovine explained.
“We’ve already succeeded in higher ed, now we’re bringing it to high school.”
Set in south Los Angeles, the school will be known as Regional High School #1 until an official name has been revealed. The first official class will be located at Audobon Middle School with approximately 124 students. Eventually, the program will expand to accommodate up to 250 students. As of now, Young and Iovine are looking to open the school in the fall of 2022.