The Walkout Schools of Los Angeles have been named to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2018 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places—and we need you to join us in speaking up for their protection!
Comprised of five campuses, the Walkout Schools are significant for the key role they played in the 1968 East L.A. Chicano Student Walkouts, also known as the Blowouts, which helped catalyze the national Chicano Civil Rights Movement. Organized by high school students, these groundbreaking mass protests demanded educational equality within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and voiced the concerns of Mexican-American students for the first time.
The schools include: James A. Garfield High School; Theodore Roosevelt High School; Abraham Lincoln High School; Belmont High School; and El Sereno Middle School (formerly Woodrow Wilson High School).
Today, fifty years later, the Walkout Schools reflect the area’s history of student activism and the Chicano Civil Rights Movement, while continuing to serve as community anchors that bring different generations of East Los Angeles together. This history is now threatened, as some of the historic buildings face calls for demolition by the school district.