New construction changes face of East L.A.’s Garfield High

Rendering of the new Garfield High auditorium and a classroom-administration building.

The new 1,40o-seat Garfield High auditorium is  located behind a new administration/classroom building pictured above. Photo by C.J. Salgado

By C.J. Salgado

Some six years after a fire destroyed the iconic auditorium at Garfield High School, a  new auditorium, classrooms and administration offices are well on their way to being completed at the East Los Angeles campus. The project includes a memorial plaza for mathematics teacher Jaime Escalante,  portrayed by actor Edward James Olmos in the Oscar-nominated film “Stand and Deliver,”  who inspired students to learn calculus at the East Los Angeles school. An impressive front facade overlooking Sixth Street, pictured above, is sure to become a distinguishing feature of the school as it moves forward to carry on the legacy of Escalante. If plans go according to schedule, the project should be completed later this year.

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