Washington Preparatory High School
|George Washington Preparatory High School|
|10860 South Denker Ave
Los Angeles, California 90047
|School district||Los Angeles Unified School District|
|Color(s)||red & blue|
|Athletics||CIF Los Angeles City Section|
|Athletics conference||Marine League|
It was founded in 1926. The school has a Los Angeles address but is not located in the city limits of Los Angeles.
The mascot is the General, a reference to the school's namesake George Washington. The school colors are red and blue.
It was the location for a 1986 TV movie entitled Hard Lessons depicting Denzel Washington as the new principal, who sets out to rid the school of gang violence and drugs and restore educational values to the school.
The current principal is Dechele Byrd. Two famous former principals are George McKenna, whom Denzel Washington portrayed in the movie Hard Lessons; and past LAUSD Board Member Marguerite LaMotte.
George Washington Preparatory High School was founded in 1927 as a six-year high school that slowly developed into a four-year school. The first graduating class was 1928 with 5 seniors. The school was badly damaged by the 1933 long Beach earthquake and the students went to school in tents for a year or two. In 1935 Washington High began accepting 11th and 12th graders only, and before 1950, Washington Senior High School had expanded to include grades 10 through 12. The first graduating class was 1928 with 5 seniors.
In the early 1980s, a new founder, the famed George McKenna, redefined Washington High School as a college preparatory school, and George Washington Preparatory High School, "The Prep," became an academic institution for grades 9-12. During subsequent years, Washington added Performing Arts, Math/Science, and Communication Arts Magnets and achieved honors in scholastic, athletic and extra-curricular competition.
The reorganization of Washington Preparatory High School into Small Learning Communities (SLCs) began in 2006. The purpose of the SLC is to develop a sense of unity and cohesiveness and to foster the individual needs of students. The SLCs that were established as a result of this effort are: Etech (Engineering and Technology); ELMS (Ethics, Leadership, and Mediation Scholars); S.T.A.R.S (Visual and Performing Arts); BIZ (Business); SHAPE (Health and Fitness); and Law and Justice. The three Magnet programs have remained intact.
In 2009, in order to graduate and participate in senior activities such as prom, senior picnic, and grad night seniors must earn 230 credits, pass the California High School Exit Exam, and maintain 95% attendance. 
As of the school year 2008-09, there were a total of 2,440 students attending the high school.
- 46.7% Hispanic (1,140)
- 0.2% White (5)
- 52.4% Black (1,279)
- 0.2% Native American (5)
- 0.1% Asian (3)
- 0.3% Pacific Islander (8)
- Esther Williams, Actress. Class of 1939
- Gil Garcetti,L.A. County DA
- Dr. Paul Toffel.
- Estes Banks, NFL running back
- Steve Bryant, NFL wide receiver
- Raphel Cherry, NFL defensive back
- Don Clark, NFL offensive guard
- Dick Dale, surf guitarist
- Clarence Davis, NFL running back
- Kori Dickerson, NFL tight end
- Mark Fields, NFL linebacker
- Robert Illes, (television), Emmy winning Writer/producer
- James Lofton, NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver
- Hugh McElhenny, class of 1947, professional football player
- Oliver Ross, NFL offensive lineman
- Ernie Shelton, NCAA champion high jumper, 1955–56
- HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL. Washingtonprep.org.
- "Estes Banks Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". databaseFootball.com. 1945-12-18. Retrieved 2013-10-13.
- "Raphel Cherry Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". databaseFootball.com. 1961-12-19. Retrieved 2013-10-13.
- "Don Clark Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". databaseFootball.com. 1923-12-22. Retrieved 2013-10-13.
- Crowe, Julia (2012). My First Guitar: Tales of True Love and Lost Chords from 70 Legendary Musicians. ECW Press. pp. 92–93. ISBN 1770902759.
- "Clarence Davis Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". databaseFootball.com. 1949-06-28. Retrieved 2013-10-13.
- "Kori Dickerson Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". databaseFootball.com. 1978-12-06. Retrieved 2013-10-13.
- "Mark Fields Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". databaseFootball.com. 1972-11-09. Retrieved 2013-10-13.
- "James Lofton Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved 2013-10-13.
- Dan Raley, "The Untold Story of Hugh McElhenny, the King of Montlake," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 1, 2004
- "Oliver Ross Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". databaseFootball.com. 1974-09-27. Retrieved 2013-10-13.
- "California State Meet Results - 1915 to present". Prepcaltrack.com. Retrieved 2013-10-13.