Crossroads School (Santa Monica, California)
|Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences|
1714 21st Street
|Founder||Paul Cummins, Rhoda Makoff|
|Head of school||Bob Riddle|
|Number of students||1,139|
|School color(s)||Red, White, and Blue|
|Publication||Kollektiv (academic journal), Dark as Day (literary arts journal)|
The school was founded in 1971 as a secular institution affiliated with St. Augustine By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Santa Monica. Although the founders, and many of the school's original students, came from the former St. Augustine By-the-Sea Episcopal Day School in Santa Monica, Crossroads School has always been a secular institution. Crossroads started with three rooms in a Baptist church offering grades seven and eight, and an initial enrollment of just over 30 students. The name Crossroads was suggested by Robert Frost’s poem, "The Road Not Taken”, in which Frost writes:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
As St. Augustine's grew to junior and senior high school, the founders started Crossroads with a separate board of directors and separate campus, which eventually merged in the 1980s under the name Crossroads.
In the media
The 2004 book Hollywood Interrupted, by Andrew Breitbart and Mark Ebner (ISBN 0-471-45051-0), dedicated a large section to Crossroads; it depicted the school (and the celebrities who send their children there) in a negative light, focusing mainly on a handful of high-profile parents and "drug problems" stemming from the 1980s. The school was also featured in a May 2005 issue of Vanity Fair; like Breitbart's book, it also focused on the school's celebrity clientele.
- J. A. Adande
- Sean Astin
- Jack Black
- Gary Coleman
- Austin Croshere
- Baron Davis
- Zooey Deschanel
- Maya Erskine
- Tanya Haden
- Jonah Hill
- Jenni Konner
- Alex Kurtzman
- Roberto Orci
- Gwyneth Paltrow
- Amy Pascal
- Nick Roth
- Maya Rudolph
- Blake Schwarzenbach
- Gillian Welch
- Evan Spiegel
- Jessica Yellin
- Kate Hudson Actress and daughter of Goldie Hawn
- Nicole Gibbs
- DiGiacomo, Frank (March 1, 2005). "School for Cool". Vanity Fair.
-  Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
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- Weigle, Lauren (February 22, 2015). "Tanya Haden - Jack Black's Wife". Heavy. Retrieved August 16, 2016.
- Mandalit del Barco (March 24, 2017). "'Girls' Producer Jenni Konner: 'I Was Definitely Hired To Be The Grown-Up'". NPR. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
- Sutherland, Sam (March 26, 2010). "Days of Whine and Poses".
- "Snapchat's Evan Spiegel: Saying no to $3B, and feeling lucky".
- Guthrie, Marisa (June 28, 2011). "Jessica Yellin Named CNN Chief White House Correspondent". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 6, 2011.