Los Angeles High centennial gala planned

| August 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

SOUTH VIEW of third location, with graduating class of 1940 in foreground.

This October, Los Angeles High School will celebrate 100 years at its location at Olympic and Rimpau with “A Roman Renaissance.” The school, originally founded downtown in 1873, moved to its current, and third, location — 4650 W. Olympic Blvd. — in 1917.

The weekend of events, planned for Oct. 20-21, includes a Homecoming football game with a Roman tailgate party and a celebrity gala fundraiser hailing the achievements of alumni.

Kicking off the centennial celebrations, the Romans football team — 2016 Defending Division 2 City Champions — will take to 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 set the mood for everyone to “get down and dance” at the post-game festivities planned in Memorial Hall.

The following night, 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 for their achievements: George Takei, the actor and social justice activist best known for his portrayal of Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek,” founder of the legendary Magic Castle, Milt Larsen; and Grammy Award-winning producer Gerry Brown, who is credited on over 47 platinum and gold records.

Limited to 300 seats, tickets for the gala are $150 with funds supporting 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 harrisontrustlahs@gmail.com.

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