Locke High School

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Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy
325 East 111th St. Los Angeles, California 90061
Type Public charter high school
Motto Once a saint, Always a saint
Established 1967
School district Los Angeles Unified School District/Green Dot Public Schools
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,600
Color(s)      Columbia blue
Athletics Soccer

MarchiN g band and Colorguard, Football, Tennis, Cross Country, Track, Basketball, Softball, Baseball, Cheerleading, NJROTC, GSA

Athletics conference CIF City Section, Coliseum League
Team name Saints

Alain Leroy Locke College Preparatory Academy (formerly Locke High School) is a Title 1 co-educational charter high school located in Los Angeles, California, United States, and is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District/Green Dot Public Schools. It is named after Alain LeRoy Locke.

Locke is located in South Los Angeles near Watts. The school colors are Columbia blue and gold; their mascot is the saint.


Alain Leroy Locke Senior High School was opened in 1967 in response to the Watts’ riots. It was created to provide families in South Los Angeles a safe and secure school, one with a comprehensive program to guarantee the intellectual, moral, social, emotional and physical development of all students. Locke was established to transform students into critical thinkers, decision makers, effective leaders, academic achievers and responsible citizens in Los Angeles’ culturally diverse society. Forty years later, on September 11, 2007, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) made history when they voted to give operational control of Locke High School to Green Dot Public Schools. LAUSD made this decision in response to a conversion charter petition submitted by the teachers of Locke High School in support of the transition.

On September 8, 2008, Locke High School reopened as seven small college-prep schools, now known as the Locke Family of High Schools: Locke 1, Locke 2, Locke 3, Locke 4, Locke Tech, Animo Watts, and Ace Academy. These schools are committed to restore Locke to the foundation that the school was originally founded upon. The Locke Family of Schools aims to provide a safe, college-prep environment that prepares every student for college, leadership, and life.

On June 23, 2011 a great achievement of academic standards were made at the graduation ceremony for Locke High School. It was the first class to graduate since the new order came into effect, therefore they call themselves "The Original Locke Saints". An unpredictable 256 students graduated out of 379 students in the senior class that year. R&B singer and actor Tyrese Gibson attented Locke High School.[1]

Student Demographics[edit]

In 2010, Locke #3 had a total of 566 students: 40% African-American (231 students) and 60% Latino (334 students).[2]

At Animo Locke 3 there are 141 students in the 9th grade: 87 Latinos/Hispanic, 54 African American. There are 90 Latinos/Hispanics in the 10th grade and 64 African Americans. In total there are 154 students in the 10th grade. There are 81 Latino/Hispanic and 81 African Americans in the 11th grade. The total is 162 students in 11th grade. There are 76 12th grade Latino/Hispanics and 54 African Americans in the 12th grade. Making a total of 130 12th graders in Animo Locke 3. There is a total of 232 African Americans and 334 Latino/Hispanics. The overall of students in the school ends up being 566 students learning in Animo Locke 3.[3]


School Dress Code

  • Khaki Pants
  • Collared Shirts

Uniforms at Locke #3 are black collared shirts. Uniforms are worn by all Locke College Preparatory Academy Students. While wearing uniform, students are required to tuck in their shirts.


The following sports are played by students at Locke #3:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheer leading
  • Cross Country
  • American Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Table Tennis
  • Synchronized Swimming


In 2008 a fight between rival groups of black and Latino students at Locke High School quickly escalated into a campus-wide melee Friday, with as many as 600 students brawling until police restored calm with billy clubs. Faculty members and Green Dot complained that L.A. Unified nearly halved its funding for non-police security aides at the start of the year.[4]


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