Manual Arts High School

Manual Arts High School
Manual Arts High School
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4131 South Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Type Public
Established 1910
School district Los Angeles Unified School District
Principal Robert D. Whitman Jr.
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 4,000
Color(s) Purple and Gray
Athletics conference Coliseum League
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Manual Arts High School is a secondary school in Los Angeles, California. When founded, Manual Arts was a vocational high school, but later[when?] converted to a traditional curriculum.



Manual Arts High School was established in 1910 in the middle of bean fields, one-half mile from the nearest bus stop. It was the third school in Los Angeles, California after Los Angeles High School and L.A. Polytechnic High School, and is the oldest high school still on its original site in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

After three semesters in an abandoned grammar school building, Manual Arts High School was opened on Vermont Avenue. After the 1933 earthquake, the entire campus was rebuilt, constituting the present Manual Arts High School campus. In 1995, "The Arts" became a Pacific Bell Education First Demonstration Site joining thirteen other demonstration sites in California, and in 1996 the school was named a California Distinguished School. In 1998, Manual Arts was officially granted Digital High School status.

The 2005–2006 school year opened with small learning communities (SLCs), three on each track totaling nine SLCs. Manual Arts was relieved by the opening of Santee Education Complex in 2005.[1] The school was relieved in 2007 when West Adams Preparatory High School opened. During the same year, a section of the Manual Arts attendance zone was transferred to Belmont High School.[2]

In July 2008, the school became part of MLA Partner Schools through LAUSD's newly created iDesign Schools Division.[3] MLA Partner Schools, in collaboration with West Ed, will operate Manual Arts on a 5-year performance contract approved by the LAUSD School Board.

The school will be relieved by Central Region High School 16 when that school opens in 2011,[4] and by South Los Angeles High School 3 when that school opens in 2012.[5]

In the 2011–2012 school year, Manual Arts will return to a traditional school calendar schedule [6]. As a result, several of the school’s small learning communities will be restructured and the number of security on campus will be reduced [7]. There are 6 janitors that clean the school daily.

Student body

The racial make-up of the school is mostly Latinos and African-Americans and the neighborhood surrounding the school reflects the same make-up.

During the 2004–2005 school year, MAHS had 3,766 students,[8] including:

As of 2010, the dropout rate at Manual Arts was 68%.[9]

With more than 90% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch provided by the Los Angeles Unified School district [10] some students have noted that sometimes meals are not heated properly.

The school also maintains a store where students may purchase snacks.

Notable alumni


External links

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