Compton Initiative

The Real Stars of School Pride @ Enterprise — Part One

The Real Stars of School Pride @ Enterprise — Part One

This week I am working on a set of posts related to the renovation of Enterprise Middle School, shown on the pilot episode of NBC’s School Pride.  Anyone who happened to tune in on Friday, Oct. 16th saw four “community activists” ride into Compton on their white horses to awaken the community and turn a [...]


A New Don for D High — the Transformation Continues

A New Don for D High — the Transformation Continues

Saturday, July 24, 2010 marked the second Compton Initiative work day dedicated to Dominguez High.  The school’s marching band started the morning off right with a musical greeting for all the volunteers.  From the first sound of the tuba to the drop of the last paint brush, the day was a success at every level! [...]


A New Don for Dominguez — Round One Results

A New Don for Dominguez — Round One Results

Hi folks — It’s been two months since I’ve posted anything.  I took some time off this summer — worked on learning (and relearning) some photoshop skills, took a lot of family photos, and ignored this blog for far too long!  However, the fall has descended quickly with so much going on — and my [...]


A New Don for Dominguez — the Process

A New Don for Dominguez — the Process

Things are not the same since Mr. Rigoberto Roman took over as Dominguez High’s new principal in 2009. As he promised students and faculty at the beginning of the school year, “Together, we are going to make changes around here. Dominguez High is going to be different…” Those promises rung true throughout the year, as [...]


A New Don for Dominguez — Phase One (Before)

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 [...]


Alma Vargas

Alma Vargas

“Just Doing Good” in the City of Compton Though located in the neighboring community of Paramount, Alma Vargas jokes about her office that, “Hey – when you walk in here, you’re stepping into the city of Compton!” No doubt many citizens of Compton would grant her that honorary residency.  As the main liaison representing the [...]