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

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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.