This October, Los Angeles High School will celebrate 100 years at its current location at Olympic and Rimpau with “A Roman Renaissance,” heralding a new start and exciting new direction for LA High. The school, originally founded downtown in 1873, moved to its current, and fourth, location — 4650 W. Olympic Blvd. — in 1917. The celebratory weekend is planned for Oct. 20 & 21.
Kicking off the centennial celebrations, on Friday night, Oct. 20th at 7:00 pm, the Roman football team — 2016 Defending Division 2 City Champions — will take to LA High’s Housch Field to lead the school with hope of another century of victories. Organizers say that a “spectacular” all-alumni half-time show (including NFL Super Bowl Champions) will be a highlight of the evening.
On Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:00 pm, a celebrity gala fundraiser will be hosted at the Petersen Automotive Museum in the Bruce Meyer Family Gallery, conveniently named for Roman alumnus, Bruce Meyer. The event will feature “surprise performances” and a “Roman feast,” provided by Drago Ristorante.
During the gala, three alumni recipients will be honored, in person, for their achievements and Roman Pride: George Takei, the actor and social justice activist is best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek;” Milt Larsen, magician, entertainer extraordinaire and founder of the legendary Magic Castle; and Gerry Brown, Grammy Award-winning recording engineer and producer, who is credited on over 47 platinum and gold records.
Limited to 300 seats, tickets for the gala are $150 and include entrance to the museum, dinner, walk around magicians, a photo booth and a fun and exciting awards show. All funds raised go to support the arts, athletics and academic programs for Los Angeles High School students. Tickets are available at harrison-lahs.org/trust-event.
For more information, contact Joyce Kleifield, executive director of The Harrison Trust at Los Angeles High School, at 323-900-4506 or [email protected]