King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science

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King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science
Location
King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science is located in Southern Los Angeles
King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science
King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science
King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science
King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science
King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science is located in California
King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science
King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science
King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science is located in the United States
King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science
King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science
1601 East 120th Street Los Angeles, California 90059
Coordinates33°55′28″N 118°14′45″W / 33.924359°N 118.245724°W / 33.924359; -118.245724Coordinates: 33°55′28″N 118°14′45″W / 33.924359°N 118.245724°W / 33.924359; -118.245724
Information
TypeMagnet
Established1982
PrincipalMr. Reginald Brookens
Enrollment1,570 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Black, white, and gold
Team nameThe Golden Eagles
Website

King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science is a magnet high school of the Los Angeles Unified School District, located in Willowbrook, unincorporated Los Angeles County, California, United States.[2]

It is affiliated with both the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.[3]

History[edit]

The school opened in bungalows across the street from the Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center and adjacent to the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in 1982.[4] In 1999 it moved to a standalone campus adjacent to the original bungalows. It was the dream of the principal during the mid 90s, Dr. Ernie Roy, to move from the bungalows, into a bigger school, that was more representative of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Dr. Charles R. Drew. Dr. Ernie Roy was also a key player in the founding of King/Drew Medical Magnet High School.

In 2005, J. Michelle Woods, the principal, stated that problems at the King/Drew hospital caused damage to the perception of the high school.[3] According to Mitchell Landsberg of the Los Angeles Times, the administrators and students at the school stated that the problems at the university and medical center did not affect them.[3]

On September 14, 2007, Hillary Clinton made an appearance at King/Drew Magnet High School. [1].

In 2008 and 2009 U.S. News & World Report ranked King/Drew Magnet High School as a silver medal winner amongst America's best high schools.[5][6]

In 2017 the school was named a California Gold Ribbon School.[7]

Academics[edit]

The school requires all students to adhere to the course loads, including four years of mathematics, two years of a foreign language, and two years of science, required by the University of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Los Angeles.[4] In 2015, seventy-two percent of King/Drew's tested students met or exceeded the Smarter Balanced standards in English language arts.[8]

Demographics[edit]

As of 2005 the school had slightly fewer than 1,700 students.[4] As of that year, the school had twice the number of female students as it does male students. Administrators at King/Drew stated that because the school does not offer American football, more girls than boys apply to the school.[3]

Student performance[edit]

In 2005, Richard "Richie" Black, the assistant vice chancellor for admissions and enrollment of the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), stated that of all high schools, King/Drew had the second highest combined number of Black and Latino/Chicano students accepted by his school. As of 2005, the school, out of all high schools in the United States, habitually has the highest number of black students going to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As of that year, five University of California campuses, including UCLA, accepted students at King/Drew. In addition, Cornell University, Duke University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Case Western Reserve University and Stanford University accepted King/Drew students. In 2005. there were 20 King/Drew students accepted to UCLA. Twelve of them were Latino and eight were Black.[4]

Sports[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Cross country
  • Track and field

The school is also home to the Drew League a Pro-Am League that features the NBA’s best.

Clubs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "King/Drew Medical Magnet High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  2. ^ "Willowbrook CDP, California[permanent dead link]." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on September 27, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d Landsberg, Mitchell. "This King/Drew, a Magnet School, Is a Robust Success." Los Angeles Times. April 27, 2005. p. 2. Retrieved on April 16, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d Landsberg, Mitchell. "This King/Drew, a Magnet School, Is a Robust Success." Los Angeles Times. April 27, 2005. p. 1. Retrieved on April 16, 2014.
  5. ^ "Rankings" (PDF). static.usnews.com. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2010-03-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Torlakson Announces 2017 CA Gold Ribbon Schools - Year 2017 (CA Dept of Education)". www.cde.ca.gov.
  8. ^ "Anatomy of a top-scoring magnet school: Inside King/Drew Medical Magnet High - LA School Report". laschoolreport.com.
  9. ^ "Clubs - Clubs and Activities - King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science". www.kingdrew.net.

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