Legendary rapper and music producer Dr. Dre has pledged $10 million to help build a performing arts center for the new Compton High School in his hometown which is scheduled to be built by 2020. Not only is Dr. Dre pledging the $10 million he’s also taking on the task of raising the rest of the money needed for the center which reportedly will include a 1200 seat theater and the latest high-tech equipment to teach students digital media production.
In a statement, Dr. Dre said “My goal is to provide kids with the kind of tools and learning they deserve,” and “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.”
Some people were surprised by the announcement because the detonation had been promised all the way back in 2015 when the artist and Beats co-founder announced he would donate his artist royalties from his Compton record to find a “new performing arts facility” in Compton. It looks like he finally will be keeping his promise.
The president of the Compton Unified School District’s Governing Board of Trustees Satra Zurita 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.”
This donation to the school’s Performing Arts Center isn’t the first time Dr. Dre has dabbled in philanthropy and with the profits he’s made from selling Beats to Apple we doubt it will be the last time we hear about him making a large donation to a worthy cause.