Washington Preparatory High School

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George Washington Preparatory High School
Washington Preparatory High School
10860 South Denker Ave
Los Angeles, California 90047

Type Public
Established 1926
School district Los Angeles Unified School District
Principal Dechele Byrd
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 3000
Color(s)           red & blue
Athletics CIF Los Angeles City Section
Athletics conference Marine League
Mascot Generals

George Washington Preparatory High School is a secondary school in the Westmont section of unincorporated Los Angeles County, California.

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.

The school serves many areas in South Los Angeles and unincorporated areas around South Los Angeles, including Athens, West Athens and Westmont. In addition it serves the LAUSD section of Hawthorne.

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.

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. [1]


As of the school year 2008-09, there were a total of 2,440 students attending the high school.[1]

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