A New Don for Dominguez — Phase One (Before)

Back in October 2009, Dominguez High staff and students, other Compton residents, and local volunteers began a huge undertaking — the restoration of Dominguez High School. Initial Stage One plans focused on four areas — repainting the black iron fence surrounding the school, refacing the school gym, painting the admin hallway, and an extensive remodel of the Senior Quad. There were 2 dry and dusty cactus gardens at the edge of the Quad — full of spiders and debris.  The small amount of pavement grounding the Quad was worn and eventually faded into gravel. The major walk-ways leading to the quad, cafeteria, gym, and other class areas were dirt and gravel, meaning grime was constantly tracked into classrooms and through the entire campus. By the time the first phase was finished, landscaping and paving had been added in, with plans for more in the future.  The school was not only beautified, but easier to maintain!

This first set of pictures shows the school before the Phase One work began.  The coming sets will display the process and the results.

On July 24th, the Compton Initiative will host the next service day at Dominguez High, and the work there will continue.  This is another great opportunity for us to take ownership of our community and create the changes we want to see here!  Come out and join the effort — visit www.justdogood.org to learn more!

3 Responses to “A New Don for Dominguez — Phase One (Before)”

  1. Mr.M says:

    Great work; but I am wondering why the state of Compton Schools become in such poor condition. Maybe it may be more powerful to have a hearing on this subject.

  2. tonya says:

    If my memory is working, back in the mid 90s (can’t remember the exact years — I was younger back then!), there was a documentary made about the state of Compton schools, and the LB Press-Telegram ran quite an extensive series of articles about all the disrepair. I am not sure if those covered any of the “whys”. I do know that the reasons are many and multi-layered, as they are in any community with schools such as these.

    What I am hopeful about is the ways our community is working to restore our schools. It is a long and arduous process, but the most necessary (I believe) in all our journey towards transformation. I have met some principals and teachers who have used some pretty simple strategies to bring profound change in their schools. I am hopeful that the solutions don’t always have to be as complicated as the problems that led us here.

  3. mdEUCE says:

    It is absolutely a wonderful and great thing to see people taking ownership of their own community! I graduated from Dominguez in 1994 and sad to say, it looks the same in the pictures as 16 years ago. I too am interested in the reasons of why our schools are so raggedy; For me, it all comes down to whomever controls the resources (read: money, funding) intended to maintain and repair the schools.
    Nevertheless, JUST DO GOOD!

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