West Adams Preparatory High School

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West Adams Preparatory High School
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West Adams Preparatory at night
1500 West Washington Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Coordinates 34°02′23″N 118°17′23″W / 34.039796°N 118.289851°W / 34.039796; -118.289851Coordinates: 34°02′23″N 118°17′23″W / 34.039796°N 118.289851°W / 34.039796; -118.289851
Type Public
Established 2007
School district Los Angeles Unified School District
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2172 students
Color(s) Black and Gray and Sky Blue
Mascot Panther

West Adams Preparatory High School is a secondary school in the South Los Angeles community[1] of Los Angeles, California, United States.

The school is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District and is operated by a nonprofit organization working in conjunction with LAUSD. The organization, MLA Partner Schools (formerly called Mentor LA), also operates Manual Arts High School. Dr. Jose Iniguez is the principal of West Adams Prep.


The school opened in fall 2007 and is divided into six smaller sections : (1)Business & Enterprise (2)Education & International Studies (3)Media, Film & Arts (4)Invention, Design, Engineering & Architecture (IDEA) (5)Science & Technology (Sci-Tech) (6) Performing Arts & Literature.

Core programs include Advisory (a required course for every student, every year, learning about college and career opportunities) and "7 to 7" (an elongated school day offering enrichment opportunities for students and families before and after normal school hours).

Though West Adams is a LAUSD high school, it was designed in part by MLA Partner Schools, a nonprofit organization that now operates the school on a five year performance contract with the LAUSD school board.

The school was originally opened to relieve the LAUSD's Belmont High School, Dorsey High School, Los Angeles High School, and Manual Arts High School.[2][3]

It houses four small schools: (1)Business & Enterprise(2)Media, Film & Arts, Invention, (3)Invention, Design, Engineering & Architecture,& (4)Science & Technology

In early 2011, Brad Ratcliff, the former dean of West Adams, was arrested and pled guilty for possession of child pornography.[4][5][6]

Several episodes of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution are centered around West Adams, with Oliver attempting to influence the food options available to the students.[7][8]


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