Compton, Calif. native and hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre has committed $10 million dollars to the construction of a performing arts center for one of his hometown’s high schools, the Compton Unified School District announced today. The center, which will boast creative resources and a 1,200-seat theater, will be a part of the new Compton High School, and is expected to break ground in 2020.
“My goal is to provide kids with the kind of tools and learning they deserve,” Dre said in a statement. “The performing arts center will be a place for young people to be creative in a way that will help further their education and positively define their future.”
In addition to his personal contribution, Dre will be involved in raising the additional funds to complete the project. (Though born and raised in Compton, Dre did not attend Compton High, though his collaborators Eazy-E and the Game did.)
The Compton High School project will be Dre’s second major philanthropy effort in Southern California education. He and business partner Jimmy Iovine jointly contributed $70 million to the University of Southern California, creating the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation in 2013.
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