Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School

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Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School
1200 Plaza Del Sol
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 90033
United States
Coordinates 34°02′54″N 118°13′37″W / 34.048395°N 118.226994°W / 34.048395; -118.226994Coordinates: 34°02′54″N 118°13′37″W / 34.048395°N 118.226994°W / 34.048395; -118.226994
Type Public
Opened September 2009
School district Los Angeles Unified School District
Principal Mauro Bautista[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 792 (2014-15)[2]
Mascot Jaguar
Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School is shown behind the Pico-Aliso Station of the Gold Line on First Street

Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High School is a public high school in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States.

The school was built to alleviate the overcrowded Roosevelt High School. The site was designated in 2003, broke ground in 2006, and the campus opened in September 2009. It was the first high school to open in Boyle Heights in 28 years. It is built on 6.22 acres (2.52 ha). The building occupies 109,378 square feet (10,161.5 m2) and contains 38 classrooms. It was designed by Nadel Architects and Barrio Planners and was built by Hensel Phelps Construction at a cost of $108 million. The site attained a Collaborative for High Performance Schools score of 24.[3]

The school is named after Felicitas & Gonzalo Mendez, parents of American civil rights activist Sylvia Mendez who at eight years old, played an instrumental role in the Mendez v. Westminster case, the landmark desegregation case of 1946. The case successfully ended de jure segregation in California.[4]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  2. ^ "Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Mendez Learning Center Project Details". Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Geisler, Lindsey (September 11, 2006). "Mendez case paved way for Brown v. Board". Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved 2007-04-05. 

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