J. P. Widney High School

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Joseph Pomeroy Widney High School
2302 South Gramercy Place

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United States
Coordinates34°02′08″N 118°18′44″W / 34.035464°N 118.312315°W / 34.035464; -118.312315Coordinates: 34°02′08″N 118°18′44″W / 34.035464°N 118.312315°W / 34.035464; -118.312315
TypePublic special education
School districtLos Angeles Unified School District
PrincipalJessie L. Thompson[1]
Number of students277 (2016-17)[3]
Average class size10.5[2]

Joseph Pomeroy Widney High School, known as J. P. Widney High School is a special-education magnet high school in Los Angeles, California, part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. This school is named in honor of Dr. Joseph Pomeroy Widney, a prominent early Los Angeles resident.

Student profile[edit]

The school serves students ranging in age from 13 to 22 who have severe disabilities and are unable to attend other high schools in the district. Because students are bussed to the Central Los Angeles school from surrounding communities, its student body reflects widely diverse cultural, ethnic and economic backgrounds.

Students' race/ethnicity is:[2]

  • American Indian/Alaskan Native: 2
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 20
  • Hispanic: 256
  • Black, non-Hispanic: 68
  • White, non-Hispanic: 20

The Kids of Widney High[edit]

The school is possibly best known for its music group, The Kids of Widney High, a rock band whose membership rotates with the changing student body. The group has recorded three CDs and has appeared in the 2005 film The Ringer.


  1. ^ http://www.lausd.k12.ca.us/Widney_HS/Principal.html
  2. ^ a b c http://nces.ed.gov/globallocator/sch_info_popup.asp?Type=Public&ID=062271003110
  3. ^ "Joseph Pomeroy Widney Career Prep and Transition Center". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 24, 2019.

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