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New name for South LA school 'Diego Rivera Learning Complex' flies under the radar

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The crowds at Tuesday's Los Angeles Unified board meeting came out in force to discuss a classroom breakfast program and the thorny issue of how to deal with unruly students.  Less noticed was the board's decision to name a school after Mexican artist Diego Rivera.

In fact, it flew so low under the radar that even the school didn't seem to know about the name change.

As of this morning, the front office at South Region High School No. 2 still answered the phone using "South Region." Officials at the school said they have not received official notification from the district about the change -- and weren't interested in talking more about it.

The South Los Angeles school's new name, according to the district, is the Diego Rivera Learning Complex. The school is part of the district's $19.2 billion school construction and renovation program.  It's been operating under the temporary name since it opened in 2011.  The school is set up as  four small learning communities that share a library, two gymnasiums and a multipurpose room.

Rivera was well known for his public murals which he painted in Mexico City, San Francisco and New York City, among other places. 

The board approved new names for two other schools on Tuesday: an elementary campus set to open in the fall will be called the Dr. Sammy Lee Medical and Health Sciences Magnet School and another South Los Angeles school that opened last fall will be renamed the Sally Ride Elementary School. 



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