Dr. Dre commits millions to Compton High arts center
“My goal is to provide kids with the kind of tools and learning they deserve "
Dr. Dre, center, stands with members of the Compton Unified School District as they review a model of the new Compton High School. Photo: Compton Unified School District
Music mogul Dr. Dre makes good on promise; will donate $10 million for performing arts center in his native Compton
COMPTON — Compton native and rap music mogul Dr. Dre dug deep into his pocket Friday, committing $10 million to Compton High School, his alma mater, for the development of a performing arts center, the Compton Herald has learned.
The center will include a 1,200-seat theater and will be part of a new Compton High School campus expected to break ground in 2020. Dre said the 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.
“My goal is to provide kids with the kind of tools and learning they deserve. 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,” said Dr. Dre, aka Andre Young, who rose to fame as a member of N.W.A. The group’s 1988 debut studio album was titled Straight Outta Compton.
The 2015 movie chronicling the success of the group earned $201.6 million in it’s first year of worldwide box office receipts.
After N. W. A., Dr. Dre found success as a solo artist, producer, and businessman. His most lucrative move was launching the headphone brand Beats by Dre in 2008 — which was acquired by Apple in 2014 for $3 billion. Forbes recently estimated his net worth at $740 million.
He first made the commitment to building a Compton performing arts facility in 2015, saying he would donate all artist royalties from his new Compton album to pay for the project.
“The support that Dre has shown to Compton over the years is unwavering and we are so excited that we will now be home to one of the greatest performing arts centers in the country,” said Satra Zurita, president of the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees.
CUSD Superintendent Darin Brawley was no less enthusiastic.
“The Compton Unified School District is pleased to partner with Dr. Dre to provide a state of the art performing arts complex for students and members of the community,” he said. “We are looking forward to blending both his vision and that of the District to provide opportunities for individuals to both explore and apply their creativity in the arts.”