Hip hop legend Dr Dre has decided to give back to society in a major way. The rapper has pledged to donate $10 million to help build a performing arts complex at the new Compton High School.
The rap mogul and Compton native will be directly involved with efforts to raise the remaining funds needed to complete a performing arts centre which is scheduled to open by 2020.
“My goal is to provide kids with the kind of tools and learning they deserve,” Dre said in a statement to The 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.”
The complex will provide students with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, including digital media production facilities and a 1,200-seat theater, while also serving as a resource for the Compton community 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.
Micah Ali, vice chairman of the district’s board of education, said the new high school will be the most modern public school complex ever built.
Dr Dre was ranked third on the Forbes music rich list on an estimated net worth of $740 million, behind Diddy and Jay Z, and his support for his hometown has been amazing.
Congratulations to the big man.