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‘I Wanted to Give the Young People of Compton Something I Never Had’: Dr. Dre Donates $10 Million to High School In Hometown 

Rapper and music mogul Dr. Dre donated $10 million to a high school for a performing arts center being built in his hometown of Compton, California. The performing arts center will be an addition to Compton High School, a more-than 125-year-old institution in south Los Angeles.

The new facility for young folks to create and perform will be large enough to include a theater accommodating 1,200 people. The performing arts center will be a space for creativity as well as an education for community residents.

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 13: Dr. Dre performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium on February 13, 2022 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Dr. Dre, who was born Andre Young, spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony on May 8 and said he wanted to give the community’s youth something he did not have.  

“When I was approached about funding a performing arts center that would provide an arts and technological education to students and be accessible for the community at large, I was all in,” said Young. “I wanted to give the young people of Compton something I never had.” 

“California Love” by Tupac Shakur featuring Dr. Dre played in the background during the ceremony. The new addition will be named the “Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ Young Performing Arts Center.” 

Young rose to fame in 1988 with the rap group N.W.A., which included Ice Cube, Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella. The group’s debut album, “Straight Outta Compton,” went platinum in 1989. The album was inducted into the Grammy Award Hall of Fame in 2017.    

A film about the group’s rise, “Straight Outta Compton,” was also a smash hit and earned more than $60 million at the box office during its opening weekend in 2015.  

“Dr Dre throwing down 10 million to rebuild Compton high. Goat shi-t.” 

The new performing arts center is set to open this fall.

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