Dr. Dre is giving back to the neighborhood that helped mold his career into what it is today. The Los Angeles Times has revealed that the legendary producer has offered $10 million to help build up a $200-million campus for Compton High School. In return, the school has announced that its performing arts center will be named in his honor.
“I was an artistic kid in school with no outlet for it,” Dr. Dre said during Saturday’s groundbreaking ceremony.
“I knew I had something special to offer to the world, but with nothing to support my gift, schools left me feeling unseen.”
After working in the entertainment and tech industries for more than three decades, Dr. Dre was able to headline the Super Bowl halftime show in his hometown. Now, he hopes to help young people in his hometown navigate the ups and downs of the industry.
“I’ve always wondered how much further ahead I might have been had the resources I needed in school were available,” he added.
“If I had learned more about the business industry, I would have saved myself [an] extreme amount of time, money and most importantly, [made] a lot of friendships.”