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Local school gearing up for Martin Luther King Jr. parade
By Sentinel News Service
Published January 16, 2014

Transfiguration School will be participating in the parade this year.

Transfiguration School, a pre-K-through-8 Catholic elementary school located in Leimert Park, is set to participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. parade on Monday, January 20, 2014.  The drum line, cheer leaders, and dance team will make their way down Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to commemorate Dr. King.

The goal of the children participating in the parade is to get them engaged in a historical event while highlighting their fine and performing arts.  Transfiguration School’s drum line and liturgical dancers also participated in the Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral MCA mass. 

“Our students know the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in our nation’s history and are excited to participate in the parade,” says Evelyn Rickenbacker, Transfiguration’s Principal.

Transfiguration’s fine and performing arts curriculum comes at a time when many schools have been forced to cut their fine and performing arts curriculum due to lack of funding. Rickenbacker believes that a strong music and dance program can be a positive draw for students in the area.

Supporters of the school believe in the empowerment of a Catholic school education, regardless of the student’s religious or ethnic background or economic circumstances. Transfiguration School’s population is 94% African-American, and 60% are non-Catholic.


Transfiguration School was established in 1937 as a parochial elementary school with grades from 1 to 8. A kindergarten was later added and the Pre-K was licensed in 1996. Today, the school offers a full-core curriculum, expanding with a new emphasis in science and technology. In addition, Transfiguration students have music, performing arts, and fine arts programs available to them.

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