Theodore Roosevelt High School (Los Angeles)
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|Theodore Roosevelt High School|
|456 South Matthews Street, Los Angeles, California, United States 90033|
|Motto||"Don't flinch, don't foul, hit the line hard!"|
|School district||Los Angeles Unified School District|
|Color(s)||Cardinal & Gold|
|Athletics conference||Eastern League
CIF Los Angeles City Section
|Mascot||Rough Rider, Teddy Bear|
|Rivals||Garfield High School |
Roosevelt is a public school in the Los Angeles Unified School District with an enrollment 1,400 as of 2017. The enrollment peaked at 5,047 in 2007, making it one of the largest in the country, and second largest behind Belmont High School at the time. From the mid-1990s until the 2008-09 school year, the school followed a year-round calendar. In 2008, the school started to be managed by the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, which was started by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In 2010, the single institution was split up into seven small schools, each with its own principal, CEEB code (used by SAT, colleges, etc.), students and staff. The outcomes of this were debated by students and administrators. Since 2013, Roosevelt has been merged into a single comprehensive high school. The Roosevelt campus also hosts the Math, Science and Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School and the STEM Academy of Boyle Heights, an LAUSD Pilot School that was formed in 2014.
Its school colors are red and gold, the mascot is Teddy the Bear, and their sport teams are known as the Rough Riders. The school's motto is "Don't flinch, don't foul, hit the line hard!", which is a Theodore Roosevelt quote.
Roosevelt participates in the annual "East L.A. Classic" against Garfield High School. It is the homecoming game for both schools and attracts over 20,000 people every year. The School's Comprehensive Modernization Project will Begin In 2018.
Roosevelt was founded in 1922, but opened in 1923 in Boyle Heights to the east of the Los Angeles River.
During World War II the Japanese were removed to internment camps. Many returned after the war. A Japanese garden that had been destroyed was restored in 1996 with funds raised by alumni and students.
As the population grew in the area, Roosevelt sought expansion.[when?] The R-Building (R for Roosevelt) was the main building and faced Fickett Street. The street was vacated and a new administration (A-Building for administration) was constructed. Many new buildings were created and added to campus. The R-building has an interesting history and distinct architecture. There was a fourth floor to the building which had to be closed due to damage from a fire. The basement was built with a shooting range for the Junior ROTC (JROTC), although only air rifles may be used now.
Roosevelt was one of the five schools to initiate the student walkouts in 1968, and contributed to the walkouts in 2006, in protest to the HR 4437 bill. The school has partnered with Planned Parenthood, which operates a clinic at the school providing birth control, pregnancy testing, screening for sexually transmitted diseases and counseling, in an effort to reduce the area's high incidence of teenage pregnancies.
Academic Performance Index (API)
|School||2007 ||2008 ||2009 ||2010 ||2011 ||2012||2013 |
|Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School||807||818||815||820||832||842||847|
|Marc and Eva Stern Math and Science School||718||792||788||788||809||785||775|
|Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School||662||726||709||710||744||744||738|
|James A. Garfield High School||553||597||593||632||705||710||714|
|Abraham Lincoln High School||594||609||588||616||643||761||738|
|Woodrow Wilson High School||582||585||600||615||636|
|Theodore Roosevelt High School||557||551||576||608||793||788|
|Thomas Jefferson High School||457||516||514||546||546|
|Santee Education Complex||502||521||552||565||612||636|
The East LA Classic
The East L.A. Classic is the homecoming game for Roosevelt High School and Garfield High School, . The classic has taken place since a few years after the opening of the two schools, with the exception of the Depression and World War II. The classic brings out alumni from all parts of the world, usually fielding 20,000 people per game and has been held at the East Los Angeles College at the Weingart Stadium although it has been held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
The artist Nelyollotl Toltecatl painted a 400 feet (120 m) mural, known as the Anahuac Mural, on two outside walls of Roosevelt depicting murder, rape, and enslavement of Native Americans by European colonizers. In 1996 Toltecatl, who was previously known under a Spanish name, began to work on a mural intended to depict Chicano history and assimilation. After about a year of work on the project, the tone of his mural changed after attending a lecture by Olin Tezcatlipoca.
Prior to the demolition of the Sixth Street Viaduct, (also known as the Sixth Street Bridge) Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti recorded the rap song "101SlowJam", backed by musicians from Roosevelt High School, and issued it via a video on his own YouTube channel. The public service announcement video advertised the closure of parts of the 101 Freeway to accommodate the demolition of the viaduct.
- Chris Arreola - professional heavyweight boxer
- Lou Adler – Grammy Award winner and film producer; noted for Rocky Horror Picture Show and Up in Smoke
- Sam Balter (1909–1998) – All-American basketball player UCLA; gold medalist in 1936 Summer Olympics; member of SCSBA Hall of Fame
- Paul Bannai – first Japanese-American assemblyman in California
- Leo Buscaglia - writer and professor
- Lynn Cain – USC running back, played for Atlanta Falcons and Los Angeles Rams
- Phil Carreón (1923–1920), big-band leader who gave Lennie Niehaus his first job as arranger and alto saxophonist
- Gil Cedillo – California state senator
- Willie Davis – MLB outfielder for Los Angeles Dodgers 1960–72; 2-time All-Star and 2-time World Series champion
- Michael Galitzen (Mickey Riley) – 1932 Summer Olympics gold medalist, springboard diving
- Mike Garrett – football player, Heisman Trophy winner for USC 1966; later USC athletic director
- Joe Gold – founder of Gold's Gym
- Paul Gonzales – first Mexican-American winner of boxing gold medal, 1984 Summer Olympics
- Frances Hashimoto - former president and CEO of Mikawaya, credited as creator of mochi ice cream and introducing it to American consumer market
- Genaro Hernandez – world junior lightweight champion 1991–1994
- Robert Kinoshita – artist, art director, set and production designer in film and television from 1950s-'80s
- Herbert G. Klein - President Richard Nixon's communications director for executive branch
- Julian Nava - Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico
- Lennie Niehaus – Emmy Award winner and Clint Eastwood's musical director
- Eugene Obregon – Medal of Honor in Korean War
- Harry Pregerson – first Jewish American appointed federal circuit judge, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Myron Prinzmetal - cardiologist
- Ricky Romero – All-City Player of the Year; pitcher for Toronto Blue Jays
- Edward R. Roybal – LA city councilman 1949–62; U.S. House of Representatives 1963–1993
- Andy Russell - born as "Andrés Rábago" in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, 1940s Mexican-American crooner of hits "Bésame Mucho" and "What a Diff'rence a Day Made"; later an international singing star in Mexico, Latin America, and Spain
- Shirlee Smith - author
- Donald Sterling - former owner of NBA's Los Angeles Clippers
- A. Wallace Tashima – first Japanese-American appointed federal circuit judge, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
- Bobbi Trout – record-setting aviator of 1930s and 1940s, contemporary of Amelia Earhart and Pancho Barnes
- Antonio Villaraigosa – Mayor of Los Angeles, 2005–13
- Harold M. Williams – Chairman of Securities and Exchange Commission during Carter administration; president emeritus of Getty Center
- Howard Zieff – film director, Private Benjamin, House Calls, My Girl
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- Mario Villegas , A 'Classic' for many reasons, ESPN Los Angeles, November 4, 2010
- Unusual partnership offers students birth control, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2012
- "2. Proposed Changes to Lincoln High School Area Schools, School Year 2009-2010." Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on March 17, 2010.
- 2006-07 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR) Retrieved on September 25, 2009
- 2007-08 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR) Retrieved on September 25, 2009
- 2008-09 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR) Retrieved on September 8, 2012
- 2009-10 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR) Retrieved on September 8, 2012
- 2010-11 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR) Retrieved on September 8, 2012
- 2012-13 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR)[permanent dead link] Retrieved on February 27, 2017
- Sipchen, Bob. "Assimilation plays no part in this history lesson." Los Angeles Times. March 26, 2007. Retrieved on August 9, 2010.
- "Welcome." Anahuac Mural. Retrieved on August 9, 2010.
- Pedersen, Erik (January 28, 2016). "[WATCH] 101 Freeway Closure: LA Mayor Eric Garcetti Slow-Jams Reminder". Deadline. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
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- http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/local-latino-talent-wins-latvs-be-a-vj-contest-71469937.html July 29, 2003 press release