Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts

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Grand Arts High School
450 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California
United States
Coordinates 34°03′35″N 118°14′39″W / 34.0595965°N 118.2443026°W / 34.0595965; -118.2443026Coordinates: 34°03′35″N 118°14′39″W / 34.0595965°N 118.2443026°W / 34.0595965; -118.2443026
Type Public
Established September 9, 2009
School district Los Angeles Unified School District
Principal Kim Bruno
Grades 9-12
Campus Urban
Nickname VAPA, CLAHS,, Central L.A. High School #9

The Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, known unofficially as Grand Arts High School, is a $232 million[1] high school in the Los Angeles Unified School District. It is located on the site of the old Fort Moore at the corner of Grand Avenue and Cesar E. Chavez Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to Chinatown.[2][3]

The school opened on September 9, 2009, with Suzanne Blake as its first principal. She came from Vista Middle School in Panorama City.[4] The school has experienced administrative turnover, and as of August 2013, Kim Bruno (former principal of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York) is principal of Grand Arts.


Ramon C Cortines School opened on September 9, 2009.

The school has been featured in several commercials, films, and photo shoots. Most recently, the school released a music video in Summer of 2015 called, "Dream It! Do It!" which was Directed and Choreographed by Debbie Allen. The music video was produced and conceived by the school's principal, Kim Bruno. "Dream It! Do It!" featured both Grand Arts and Debbie Allen Dance Academy students showcasing the importance of the arts in the Los Angeles community. For the first two years, the school was known as Central Los Angeles High School #9, then to Ramon C Cortines School for Visual and Performing Arts. As of 2014, it has been unofficially called Grand Arts High School.


Norman Isaacs, the school's former principal, resigned in protest over what he termed inadequate funding for the school.[5]


The 238,000 square foot (22,110 m2) facility was designed by the project team of Architect-of-Record HMC Architects and Designer-of-Record Austrian firm Coop Himmelbau. The campus has seven buildings.

Theatre/Concert Hall[edit]

A 927-seat performing arts theater used for assemblies, plays, and concerts. This is the building that is shaped in the form of the number 9 for the school's old name CLAHS#9. The school also has its own Black Box Theater which can accommodate 250 people.


A gymnasium that features dance rooms, locker rooms, an air-conditioned indoor basketball court, weight room,lockers, and a parking garage.


A uniquely cone-shaped building that functions as a library.


Location of the kitchen and eating area for the students.

Main buildings[edit]

4 buildings for each academy outside on the balcony. The Theater and Visual Arts academies share a building, while Music and Dance have their own. The fourth building is the gymnasium.


  1. ^ "LA unveils $578M school, costliest in the nation". Associated Press. Aug 22, 2010. Retrieved Aug 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ "LAUSD Breaks Ground on Central Los Angeles Area New High School #9". Los Angeles Unified School District. September 8, 2006. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Central L.A. Area New H.S. #9" (PDF). Los Angeles Unified School District. March 2006. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  4. ^ Vaillancourt, Ryan (May 8, 2009). "LAUSD Finally Hires Arts School Principal". Los Angeles Downtown News. Retrieved May 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ Blume, Howard (July 14, 2013). "L.A.'s arts high school loses another principal". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 16, 2013.