USC East College Prep Ribbon Cutting

By EGP Staff Report

The school has been open for nearly two months, but it wasn’t until Tuesday that USC East College Prep in Lincoln Heights officially cut the ribbon welcoming 100 students to the school.

The charter high school is located near the USC’s Health Sciences Campus and is the second charter high school developed and designed by the USC Rossier School of Education. Currently, the school only has one grade level, but plans to add new grade levels as current ninth graders move on.

USC Provost Michael Quick, left, talks with student Richard Hernandez, 14, during the opening and dedication of USC East College Prep in Lincoln Heights. (USC)

USC Provost Michael Quick, left, talks with student Richard Hernandez, 14, during the opening and dedication of USC East College Prep in Lincoln Heights. (USC)

The popular and nationally recognized “Spirit of Troy” marching band kicked off the ceremony, which included a special recognition of USC Trustee Lydia Kennard, who was honored for her work raise the funds to open the school.

Kennard spoke of her father, a Trojan who broke boundaries as an African American man attending the USC School of Architecture in the 1940s.

Oliver Sicat, class of 2001 and CEO of Ednovate, told students not to forget that they are not on their journey alone, but that there are “people here to support you.”

“And when it’s your turn, and you have the privilege to give back in any way – whether that’s your money or your intelligence or your humor — give back when you can and continue to create that positive multigenerational change,” he said.

 
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