The successful team of legendary hip-hop music producer Andre Young, also known as Dr. Dre, and former Interscope Records’ honcho Jimmy Iovine, are on the next episode of doing big things and recently launched an innovative arts and technology school.
The “Beats By Dre” duo, who have successfully launched an innovative arts and technology school, The USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy, and now will be adding an additional educational high school to help students advance in life.
The Los Angeles Unified School District is collaborating with music producer and entrepreneur Iovine and artist, producer, and entrepreneur “Dr. Dre” to launch a new high school in South L.A. focused on developing young leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs.
“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,” said Austin Beutner, L.A. Unified’s superintendent in a written statement. “Much like the work of the academy, this effort will help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators.”
The school, which is tentatively known as Regional High School No. 1, will be co-located on the Audubon Middle School campus. It is scheduled to open in fall 2022 and will house about 125 ninth- and 10th-graders and then expand to 250 students over time.
“We want to influence education and help people from underserved communities,” Iovine said. “We are going for what could be the most difficult path, but it could also have the most impact.”
“We’re here for the kids, strictly for the kids,” Dr. Dre said.
The new high school will be similar to USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy’s unique educational model. It is nationally recognized for its exceptional student outcomes. The school’s curriculum focuses on multidisciplinary, hands-on learning, with a strong emphasis on real-world projects with top companies and nonprofits.