Quincy Jones and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
By Jason Lewis
Award-winning composer and music producer Quincy Jones was surrounded by students, teachers, parents, and community members for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has honored Jones by naming an elementary school campus after him.
“I am so incredibly humbled to have this amazing honor bestowed upon me by the LA Unified School District and the City of Los Angeles,” Jones said. “When I discovered music as a child, I never dreamed that the journey it would take me on would lead me to the places that it has, and I certainly never thought that it would lead me to this recognition. I hope that the discoveries that the children who pass through these halls make in the years to come–whether they be in music, the arts, or sciences, are as inspiring as mine were as a child and that they all have a fruitful life’s journey and fulfill every one of their dreams.”
Quincy Jones Elementary School offers students an education with an emphasis on learning through jazz music and arts education. The school has partnered with organizations such as the Los Angeles County Music Center, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the Harmony Project, Little Kids Rock, California State University, Northridge, and the University of California, Los Angeles.
“With our school located in LA’s Central Avenue Historic Jazz Corridor, our students will learn to express themselves, to think creatively, and to work collaboratively through music performance, improvisation and artistic expression,” Quincy Jones Elementary School Principal Steve Venz said. “There is no better role model for our students than Quincy Jones. As a great jazz musician, artist and humanitarian, he demonstrates the importance of hard work, commitment to others, collaboration and never being afraid to strive for one’s dreams.”
The Quincy Jones Elementary School campus is part of the LAUSD’s current $19.5 billion New School Construction and Modernization Program. The goal of this program is to provide every student with the opportunity to attend a safe and healthy neighborhood school operating on a traditional, two-semester calendar.
Quincy Jones Elementary School is a Public School Choice site operated by Local District 5. Synergy Charter Academy (Synergy), a partner with Local District 5, is co-located on the site. The campus opened its doors to students on September 13 and relieves overcrowding at 28th Street Elementary School and Wadsworth Elementary School.
“I am proud to join our community in celebrating this new, beautiful elementary school that will serve as a wonderful center to nurture the growth of our young people,” Los Angeles City Councilmember Jan Perry said. “By naming this new school, Quincy Jones Elementary School, we are embracing the history of music in our neighborhood and it is an honor to have the great Quincy Jones join us in what will be a truly magical event for everyone involved.”