Dr. Dre Will Donate $10 Million to Bring a Compton Performing Arts Center to Fruition

Dr. Dre is one of the latest celebs to give back to the communities that made them. The rapper turned entrepreneur has signed on to commit a very generous donation in the effort to help build a performing arts center at the newly built Compton High School, straight outta his hometown, Compton.

The rapper/producer extraordinaire has committed to donating $10 million to the new performing arts center, scheduled to break ground within the next few years. The building, which will be equipped with a 1,200-seat theater and tools needed to teach digital media production, will be erect and in full effect no later than 2020. Additionally, the “Guilty Conscience” rapper has also decided to make it his mission to shepherd the efforts in raising the remaining money needed to build the center.

“My goal is to provide kids with the kind of tools and learning they deserve. The performing arts center will be a place for young people to be creative in a way that will help further their education and positively define their future,” Dr. Dre said in a statement.

The commitment has been in the works for a minute now for the Compton native who, in 2015, promised that all artist royalties received from his 2015 album Compton would go on to fund a “new performing arts facility” for the city. The announcement has grown from a seed to a full bloom at this point as the Beats co-founder ensures the public of his intention to make good on his word.

Satra Zurita, the president of the Compton Unified School District’s Governing Board of Trustees, had only great things to say about the now philanthropist. In a statement she said, “The support that Dre has shown to Compton over the years is unwavering and we are so excited that we will now be home to one of the greatest performing arts centers in the country.”

“Dr. Dre has stepped up and partnered with the school district to make this vision a reality. A true act of giving back to the community in a way that will directly impact the ever-resilient efforts of our students to rise-up and succeed,” vice chairman of the district’s Board of Education, Micah Ali added, “A true act of leading the way and standing as an example to others of how never to forget where you came from.”

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