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Dr. Dre is pledging to donate $10 million to Compton High School for a new performing arts center.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the complex will feature state-of-the-art equipment and technology, including digital media production facilities and a 1,200-seat theater. Dre, a Compton native, has also vowed to be directly involved in raising the remaining funds needed to complete the center, which will break ground by 2020.
“My goal is to provide kids with the kind of tools and learning they deserve,” Dre said in a statement. “The performing arts center will be a place for young people to be creative in a way that will help further their education and positively define their future.”
Satra Zurita, president of Compton Unified’s governing board of trustees, said of Dre's continued efforts to boost the California city: "The support that Dre has shown to Compton over the years is unwavering and we are so excited that we will now be home to one of the greatest performing arts centers in the country."
This marks just the latest big donation from Dre, as he and fellow music mogul Jimmy Iovine donated $70 million to the University of Southern California to form the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts Technology and the Business of Innovation.