By 2020, Compton High School should have one of the best performing arts centers in the country.
Announced Thursday, Compton native and producer Dr. Dre has pledged $10 million to the school for a state-of-the-art facility that will include digital media production facilities and a 1,200-seat theater.
“My goal is to provide kids with the kind of tools and learning they deserve,” Dre said in a statement to The Los Angeles Times. “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.”
According to the The Times, the hip-hop mogul will be directly involved in raising the remaining funds needed to complete the center, which will be open to the city at large.
“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,” said Satra Zurita, president of Compton Unified’s governing board of trustees.
Dr. Dre will get an opportunity to tell his story in his own words, along with Jimmy Iovine in HBO’s The Defiant Ones documentary premiering July 9.