Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

News

Garfield High's Auditorium to Be Named in Escalante's Honor

LAist relies on your reader support.
Your tax-deductible gift today powers our reporters and keeps us independent. We rely on you, our reader, not paywalls to stay funded because we believe important news and information should be freely accessible to all.

In 2007, a freshman at Garfield High set fire to the campus' 82-year-old auditorium. The blaze gutted the building, leaving nothing salvageable except for one of the ornate chandeliers.

The school has been working to rebuild the facility, and yesterday the LAUSD announced they would be naming the new auditorium in honor of Garfield's most well-known teacher, Jaime Escalante. The inspiring educator died on Tuesday, following a battle with cancer. The new auditorium, with state-of-the-art theater and dance facilities, is expected to be finished in 2012.

A mural depicting Escalante and the actor who portrayed him Stand and Deliver can be seen in MacArthur Park.