Hip Hop and business icon, Dr. Dre said he only spent two weeks in a college program and believed that many young people didn’t want to go to school because it was boring.
“You keep going back and forth over and over again, year after year, with the same curriculum, the same teachers,” said Dre, real name Andre Young.
The star, who is said to have a net worth of over $ 1 billion, has revealed that he and music mogul Jimmy Iovine are founding “America’s coolest high school.”
“I want to reach the downtown kid, the youngest me,” Dre told the Los Angeles Times. “Here’s a place you can go where there’s something you can learn that really interests you. “
The concept was endorsed by the Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest school system in the country.
the Time reported that over 80% of students are Latino and Black, and that about the same number come from low-income families. According to TimeDr and Iovine’s school will be located at Audubon Middle School in Leimert Park, a long-standing black cultural center, but in a larger community where many black and Latino students have had low grades.
The newspaper reported that the new school would be a “magnet,” meaning students can apply across the sprawling district.
Transportation will be provided for people outside the local area.
The school will benefit from high-tech equipment and projects with private industry.
“A task can have something to do with music or incorporate an element of music,” the newspaper reported. But like Iovine said, it’s not a music school or a hip hop high school.
“It’s for kids who want to go out and start their own business or go to work somewhere like Marvel or Apple or companies like that,” Iovine said. “Working successfully in these fields means breaking down silos between different jobs and skills and disrupting familiar patterns with creativity and purpose.
“It’s far from being a music school.”
Los Angeles Superintendent of Schools Austin Beutner said the district needs to find new, better and more engaging programs.
He said the new venture could create “America’s coolest high school.”
“We can better link what a student learns in high school today with a job opportunity in the future,” Beutner said.