East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy

Garfield High School

Garfield High School is intriguing because it has a lot of potential. This school matters. It is very well-known in East Los Angeles. When I pass by Garfield I always see a lot of students. There are a lot of houses around the area, which is a good thing because a lot of kids who live around there attend the school.

As we all know, Garfield is a very well-known for its participation in the East L.A. Classic. The East L.A. Classic is the homecoming football game against Theodore Roosevelt High School, which traditionally draws over 20,000 fans. Also, the students who have come out of this school have been very successful in life. For example, Oscar De La Hoya, who was a boxer has contributed a lot to this school. In my opinion, this school has a lot of spirit that has been going on for over a decade. It is a school that has proven tons of people from different cities wrong, that it doesn’t matter where you come from, you will always receive the right education here in East L.A. Garfield is well used, with students who attend and faculty members who work there. About 4,271 kids per year attend Garfield.

Public high schools are busy all the time since they have tons of students. I feel like there is not one day that it’s not busy. I say this because it’s even busy during the weekends sometimes. Garfield is always busy at least from 6:30am to 7:00pm since some students stay for practice for whatever sport they’re in or even stay for tutoring and community service. Garfield High School is very ambitious. Everyone in our community enjoys seeing how good and strong Garfield is. In my opinion, Garfield is very symbolic of  a family that is always together: “A clear head, a true heart, a strong-arm.” Garfield is cultural in many ways. The East L.A. Classic tradition  brings people together as a family to come watch the game and be proud to win at the end. Garfield is a school that adds value to the identity and spirit of the people who come celebrate.

This school it has been able to stay up even when there’s rivalries with other schools. The ex-principal, Ramiro Rubalcaba, was also my neighbor for more than fifteen years. Ramiro and his family are friends of my family, and he is a close friend of one of my cousins, who graduated with him. Even though I didn’t attend Garfield, I still managed to show love to them when they have an event.

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