Just three-months shy of its first anniversary, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) officials, students, and stakeholders officially cut the ribbon on the new Hilda L. Solis Learning Academy, named for the former assemblywoman, congresswoman and until recently, U.S. Secretary of Labor.
Solis Learning Academy is a home to the School of Technology, Business, and Education (STBE), formed under the Public School Choice reform process. The campus is located at the former East Los Angeles Star Hospital site, which LAUSD transformed into high school campus with funds from LAUSD’s $19.5 billion New School Construction and Modernization Program.
Solis, who was unable to attend the school’s ribbon cutting ceremony last August, was at this latest ceremony.
“I am honored that they would consider naming the school after me, and I am profoundly moved by this kind gesture. I am delighted that this is one of the premiere academic centers in the East Los Angeles area. I have been proud to represent the area previously and continue to support student achievement and innovation,” said Solis in a written statement.
LAUSD Board President Mónica García said the school was dedicated after a woman who had the same upbringing as many LAUSD students, and who come from working class and immigrant homes.
“Secretary Solis received an education; she became a Rio Hondo College Trustee, an Assemblywoman, a Senator and a Congresswoman. She also became the first Latina to serve in the United States Cabinet in President Obama’s first term as the U.S. Secretary of Labor. Our students can see through her career that education opens amazing doors,” García said. “This facility in East Los Angeles will help us get more students to graduation. The school’s focus on technology and business will open endless career opportunities for our kids,” she said.
Sen. Dr. Ed Hernandez called Solis a true public servant “who has been a fierce advocate for this community and a real champion for quality public education.”
Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina said she has deep respect and admiration for educators who serve as role models, and women in the community who have changed society for the better.
“How fitting that this Learning Academy is named after our distinguished former Congresswoman and U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, whose life’s work has genuinely improved opportunities for women, families and our nation,” Molina said.