Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts

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Grand Arts High School
450 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California
United States
Coordinates 34°03′35″N 118°14′39″W / 34.0595965°N 118.2443026°W / 34.0595965; -118.2443026Coordinates: 34°03′35″N 118°14′39″W / 34.0595965°N 118.2443026°W / 34.0595965; -118.2443026
Type Public
Established September 9, 2009
School district Los Angeles Unified School District
Principal Kim Bruno
Grades 9-12
Campus Urban
Nickname VAPA, CLAHS,, Central L.A. High School #9

Grand Arts High School (School for Visual and Performing Arts) is a $232 million[1] high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District. It is located on the site of the old Fort Moore at the corner of Grand Avenue and Cesar E. Chavez Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to Chinatown.[2][3]

The school opened on September 9, 2009, with Suzanne Blake as its first principal. She came from Vista Middle School in Panorama City.[4] The school has experienced administrative turnover, and as of August 2013, Kim Bruno (former principal of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York) is principal of Grand Arts.


Ramon C Cortines School opened on September 9, 2009.

The school has been featured in several commercials, films, and photo shoots. For the first two years, the school was known as Central Los Angeles High School #9, then to Ramon C Cortines School for Visual and Performing Arts. As of 2014, it has been unofficially called Grand Arts School.


Norman Isaacs, the school's former principal, resigned in protest over what he termed inadequate funding for the school.[5]


The 238,000 square foot (22,110 m2), $171.9 million facility was designed by the project team of Architect-of-Record HMC Architects and Designer-of-Record Austrian firm Coop Himmelbau. The campus has seven buildings.

Theatre/Concert Hall[edit]

A 950-seat performing arts theater used for assemblies, plays, and concerts. This is the building that is shaped in the form of the number 9 for the school's old name CLAHS#9.


A gymnasium that features dance rooms, locker rooms, an air-conditioned indoor basketball court, weight room,lockers, and a parking garage.


A uniquely cone-shaped building that functions as a library.


Location of the kitchen and eating area for the students.

Main buildings[edit]

4 buildings for each academy outside on the balcony. The Theater and Visual Arts academies share a building, while Music and Dance have their own. The fourth building is the gymnasium.


  1. ^ "LA unveils $578M school, costliest in the nation". Associated Press. Aug 22, 2010. Retrieved Aug 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ "LAUSD Breaks Ground on Central Los Angeles Area New High School #9". Los Angeles Unified School District. September 8, 2006. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Central L.A. Area New H.S. #9" (PDF). Los Angeles Unified School District. March 2006. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ Vaillancourt, Ryan (May 8, 2009). "LAUSD Finally Hires Arts School Principal". Los Angeles Downtown News. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ Blume, Howard (July 14, 2013). "L.A.'s arts high school loses another principal". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 16, 2013.