School board approves $11 million to repair iconic Marshall High buildings


LOS FELIZ — The L.A. school board has approved spending $11 million to complete repairs to the Gothic-style main building and tower at Marshall High after the necessary work proved much complicated and costly than originally anticipated.

In 2012 the school district approved spending $1.1 million to fix the exterior after pieces of brick and concrete began to fall off the building at the corner of St. George and Tracy streets. But soon after that project was begun more problems were discovered, including water damage, in both the administration building and the tower, according to the school district.

The much larger expenditure will cover the cost of additional improvements and repairs to the tower, replacement of the roof,  seismic strengthening and making the entrance more accessible, according to a statement issued by the office of Ref Rodriguez, who represents District 5 where Marshall High is located.

In addition, the school board also authorized spending $160,000 to modernize the school’s auditorium.

Principal Patricia Heideman, in a statement, said that the building, “is incredibly important to the community around Marshall and the alumni who have been so supportive of our students. The beautiful structure is symbolic of the legacy that Marshall has maintained throughout the years and is very dear to our community.”

Work on the project is scheduled to begin in the spring of next year.

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  1. Don’t piss off Heideman. Not a pleasant woman. Good luck LAUSD for getting funding for this.

  2. Can they please make sure to remove that hideous entrance tunnel/plexiglass thing while they are at?

    • I don’t think the tunnel is hideous. I appreciate the time and effort that was obviously made to try to make it appear invisible. So long as pieces or concrete and brick keep falling from the facade, it’s unfortunate but necessary.

    • Class of 11 AGREED!
      The glass tunnel does not go with the theme of Marshall’s gothic architecture style..

  3. Class of ’65…Marshall is a landmark since 1930. All students and teachers and administration are caretakers. Marshall represents what used to be. New is not always better. Let’s honor her.

  4. Class of ’90…I guess none of the money that’s been paid to use the building for movies and music videos over the last, I dunno, tons of years has gone to maintain the buildings? I have two nieces & nephews who went here who didn’t even know Grease was filmed there! I would show them Van Halen’s Hot For Teacher video but they have no clue who that is, but you get the point.

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