Theodore Roosevelt High School (Los Angeles)
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|Theodore Roosevelt High School|
"Don't flinch, don't foul, hit the line hard!"
|456 South Matthews Street, Los Angeles, California, United States 90033
|School district||Los Angeles Unified School District|
|Principal||Mr. Bruce Bivins|
|Color(s)||Blue, Cardinal, & Gold|
|Athletics conference||Eastern League, Los Angeles City Section CIF|
|Mascot||Rough Rider, Football: Teddy Bear|
|Rivals||Esteban Torres High School Garfield High School|
See also Roosevelt High School for schools of the same name
Theodore Roosevelt High School is an educational institution of seven high schools (grades 9-12) located in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, California named for the 26th president of the United States.
Roosevelt is a public school in the Los Angeles Unified School District with an enrollment of 5,047 in 2007, making it one of the largest in the country, and second largest behind Belmont High School at the time. Up until the 2008-09 school year, the school followed a year-round calendar. In 2008, the school started to be managed by the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, which was started by Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In 2010, the cohesive institution was split up into seven small schools, each with its own principal, CEEB code (used by SAT, colleges, etc.), students and staff. The outcomes of this have been debated by students and administrators.
Its school colors are red, gold, and blue, the mascot is Teddy the Bear, and their sport teams are known as the Rough Riders. The school's motto is "Don't flinch, don't foul, hit the line hard!", which is a Theodore Roosevelt quote.
Roosevelt was founded in 1922, but opened in 1923 in Boyle Heights to the east of the Los Angeles River.
During World War II the Japanese were removed to internment camps. Many returned after the war. A Japanese Garden that had been destroyed was restored in 1996 with funds raised by alumni and students.
As the population grew in the area, Roosevelt sought expansion.[when?] The R-Building (R for Roosevelt) was the main building and faced Fickett Street. The street was vacated and a new administration (A-Building for administration) was constructed. Many new buildings were created and added to campus. The R-building has an interesting history and distinct architecture. There was a fourth floor to the building which had to be closed due to damage from a fire. The basement was built with a shooting range for the Junior ROTC (JROTC), although only air rifles may be used now.
Roosevelt was one of the five schools to initiate the student walkouts in 1968, and contributed to the walkouts in 2006, in protest to the HR 4437 bill. Roosevelt also has been recently[when?] criticized  for opening a Planned Parenthood clinic on campus grounds.
Academic Performance Index (API)
|School||2007 ||2008 ||2009 ||2010 ||2011 |
|Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School||807||818||815||820||832|
|Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School||718||792||788||788||809|
|Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School||662||726||709||710||744|
|James A. Garfield High School||553||597||593||632||705|
|Abraham Lincoln High School||594||609||588||616||643|
|Woodrow Wilson High School||582||585||600||615||636|
|Theodore Roosevelt High School||557||551||576||608|
|Thomas Jefferson High School||457||516||514||546||546|
|Santee Education Complex||502||521||552||565|
The East LA Classic
The East L.A. Classic is the homecoming game for Roosevelt High School and Garfield High School, and now Woodrow Wilson High School make appearances in the game versus Roosevelt or Garfield. The classic has taken place since a few years after the opening of the two schools, with the exception of the Depression and World War II. The classic brings out alumni from all parts of the world, usually fielding 20,000 people per game and has been held at the East Los Angeles College at the Weingart Stadium although it has been held at the The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The artist Nelyollotl Toltecatl painted a 400 feet (120 m) mural, known as the Anahuac Mural, on two outside walls of Roosevelt depicting murder, rape, and enslavement of Native Americans by European colonizers. In 1996 Toltecatl, who was previously known under a Spanish name, began to work on a mural intended to depict Chicano history and assimilation. After about a year of work on the project, the tone of his mural changed after attending a lecture by Olin Tezcatlipoca.
- Lou Adler – Music Grammy Award winner and film Producer; noted for the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Up in Smoke
- Sam Balter – All American basketball player UCLA; gold medal winner basketball 1936 Summer Olympics; member of the SCSBA Hall of Fame
- Paul Bannai – First Japanese American assemblyman in California
- Dr. Leo Buscaglia – USC professor; best selling author
- Lynn Cain – USC running back, played for Atlanta Falcons and the Los Angeles Rams
- Willie Davis – MLB 18 years; LA Dodgers 1960–72; 2 time all-star
- Mike Garrett – Heisman Trophy winner USC 1966; Former USC AD
- Michael Galitzen (Mickey Riley) – 1932 Summer Olympics gold medal springboard diving
- Joe Gold – Founder of Gold's Gym
- Burt Golden - Best selling author
- Paul Gonzales – First Mexican-American winner of the boxing gold medal 1984 Summer Olympics
- Genaro Hernandez – World junior lightweight champion 1991–1994
- Herbert G. Klein President Richard Milhous Nixon's communications director for the executive branch
- Lennie Niehaus – Emmy winner and Clint Eastwood's musical director
- Eugene Obregon – Medal of Honor in Korean War
- Harry Pregerson – First Jewish American appointed federal circuit judge, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Edward R. Roybal – LA city councilman 1949–62; U.S. House of Representatives 1963–1993
- Ernie Rodriguez - UCLA Baseball Hall of Fame
- Donald T. Sterling – Owner L.A. Clippers
- A. Wallace Tashima – First Japanese American appointed federal circuit judge, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Bobbi Trout – Aviatrix record setter of the 1930s and 1940s, contemporary of Amelia Earhart and Pancho Barnes
- Antonio Villaraigosa – Mayor of Los Angeles
- Harold M. Williams – Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission during the Carter administration; president emeritus of the Getty Center
- Howard Zieff – Director of Private Benjamin and My Girl
- Gil Cedillo – California state senator
- Ricky Romero – All City Player of the Year; pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays
- Robert Moreno - TV and radio personality, host for the Spanglish show LATV-Live
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