Jordan High School (Los Angeles, California)
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|David Starr Jordan High School|
|2265 East 103rd Street.
Los Angeles, California 90002
|Color(s)||Royal Blue, White|
|Athletics conference||Eastern League
CIF Los Angeles City Section
David Starr Jordan High School is a public comprehensive four-year high school in Los Angeles. The school was named for David Starr Jordan, the first president of Stanford University (from 1891–1913).
Some sections of Florence-Graham, an unincorporated neighborhood in Los Angeles County, are jointly zoned to Jordan and John C. Fremont High School. The Gonzaque Village, Imperial Courts, Jordan Downs, and Nickerson Gardens public housing developments of Los Angeles are zoned to Jordan.
The school colors are Royal blue and white and the mascot is a bulldog.
Jordan is one of a few high schools to have three, unrelated, Olympic gold medalists come from the same high school in Hayes Edward Sanders, Florence Griffith-Joyner and Kevin Young. Sanders, in 1952, became the first African American to win the Olympic Heavyweight Boxing Championship while both Griffith-Joyner and Young still hold the current World Record in their respective events.
From the 1930s to the 1970s the Jordan site was used for melting of scrap iron and scrap metal storage.
From early 2015 through late 2016 Jordan High School was temporarily closed for Modernizations and New Constructions of the school. Students moved to a different school during renovations. The school reopened in late 2016.
King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science opened in bungalows of Jordan in 1982. In 1999 it moved to a standalone campus in Willowbrook.
In March 2017 LAUSD sued the Los Angeles Housing Authority, stating that contaminants seeped onto the Jordan site from the neighboring Jordan Downs housing project.
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- Buddy Collette, jazz saxophonist
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- Aaron Holbert, former professional baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds) and current manager of the Mississippi Braves
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- Leon Hooten, former professional baseball player (Oakland Athletics)
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- Charles Mingus, jazz bassist
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