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Historic Roosevelt High School R Building and Auditorium Demolition Update

As the Committee To Defend Roosevelt continues the lawsuit negotiation with Los Angeles Unified School District over the demolition of the historic R Building and Auditorium at Roosevelt High School, we reflect on the loss of history and what it means for not just present and future alumni, but the entire community of Boyle Heights.
  • There will NEVER be any tours through the historic R building and Auditorium to highlight the rich ethnic, racial and religious diversity,
  • There will NEVER be any tours through the historic R building and Auditorium to highlight the unique Art Deco style chosen at a time when Roosevelt was the first high school of Boyle Heights,
  • There will NEVER be any tours through the historic R building and Auditorium to showcase and reflect its place in history during World War II (such as the displacement, relocation, and internment of Japanese Nisei students and their families) and as one of the sites of the historic Chicano Blow-outs of 1968,
  • There will NEVER be any tours through the historic R building and Auditorium to showcase and reflect the struggles for equality through education and the continued challenges for a better education for all,
  • Items salvaged and stored by LAUSD from the R Building and Auditorium (e.g. light fixtures, seats, trophy case, and ticket booth) remain hidden from the public, waiting to be repurposed at our community building. Depending on negotiations, this might NEVER happen.

Historic preservation in schools is possible. Just look at Lincoln High School, John Marshall, and Venice High School. New buildings do not always equate to better education. Strong leadership, engaging, high-quality curriculum, and dedicated staff should be the focus for better schools not the tearing down and stripping away of monumental legacy that defined the landscape and history of Boyle Heights.


The Community To Defend Roosevelt has come to the conclusion we must move beyond just preserving the history and legacy of the historic R Building and Auditorium. By moving forward as the newly named Boyle Heights Community Partners, we will align ourselves with like-minded groups and organizations interested in preserving the historic places, sites, and features of Boyle Heights.
  • Establishing the Brooklyn Ave Corridor to preserve and recognize the history of streetcars, the Jewish business corridor, and the Latino businesses.
  • Historic Landmarks, such as Canters, Zelman’s, Brooklyn Avenue Theater, Paramount Ballroom.
  • Japanese District on East Frist Street.

Join us in the fall for the unveiling of the Angels Walk of Boyle Heights map and self-guided walking tours. For any questions, concerns or to share your stories of Roosevelt High School and Boyle Heights, you can reach us at
www.BoyleHeightsCommunityPartners.com eNewletter@BoyleHeightsCommunityPartners.com


Sincerely,
Boyle Heights Community Partners