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LA’s Notorious Locke High School Is Improving. But Is It No Longer ‘Failing’?

In 1967, two years shy of her high school graduation, LaVern Antoine moved to the new school opening up in her neighborhood: Alain LeRoy Locke High School.

“It was, like, the most fun school ever,” Antoine remembered. The opening of Locke was a source of excitement in Watts. At the time, the neighborhood was only two years removed from the riots that mark Los Angeles to this day.