Historic Walkout Schools of East L.A. Need Your Help!

The Walkout Schools of Los Angeles have been named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2018 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places—and we need you to join us in speaking up for their protection!

Comprised of five campuses, the Walkout Schools are significant for the key role they played in the 1968 East L.A. Chicano Student Walkouts, also known as the Blowouts, which helped catalyze the national Chicano Civil Rights Movement. Organized by high school students, these groundbreaking mass protests demanded educational equality within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and voiced the concerns of Mexican-American students for the first time.

Today, fifty years later, the Walkout Schools reflect the area’s history of student activism and the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, while continuing to serve as community anchors that bring different generations of East Los Angeles together. This history is now threatened, as some of the historic buildings face calls for demolition by the school district.

Please add your name to our petition calling for a preservation solution for these LAUSD schools!

Thank you.

The schools include: James A. Garfield High School; Theodore Roosevelt High School; Abraham Lincoln High School; Belmont High School; and El Sereno Middle School (formerly Woodrow Wilson High School).


Historic Walkout Schools of East L.A. Need Your Help!


Please add my name to show my support for preservation solutions for the historic schools connected to the 1968 East L.A. Chicano Student Walkouts, nationally-significant for catalyzing the Chicano Civil Rights Movement. In addition to anchoring communities in one of the most diverse regions in the nation, the schools' tangible history provides inspiration for new generations of student activists.

I join the Los Angeles Conservancy, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and preservationists nationwide in urging LAUSD Board of Education members and Superintendent Austin Beutner to make every effort to retain, rehabilitate, and reuse the Walkout Schools of Los Angeles. As the school district has demonstrated in other neighborhoods, pitting irreplaceable community history and identity against high-quality school facilities is a false choice. LAUSD students deserve both!

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