LAUSD celebrates all cultures – our students, families and employees represent a diverse range of culture and heritage. In all, 92 languages other than English are spoken in LAUSD schools, representing the rich diversity of the greater Los Angeles area.
From Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 and throughout the year, join LAUSD in celebrating the vibrant and historical tributes of Latino heritage and culture during Latino Heritage Month. Some facts about Latino heritage at LAUSD:
- 74 percent of LAUSD students are Latino (as of 2013-14)
- Of our students that are English learners, more than 93 percent speak Spanish as their primary language (as of 2013-14)
- LAUSD’s first Superintendent, Antonio Francisco Martins Coronel, was Latino
- Multiple LAUSD schools are named after influential Latino figures including Miguel Contreras, Cesar E. Chavez, astronaut Animó Ellen Ochoa, musician Carlos Santana, former Latino activist and LAUSD teacher Sal Castro, and more
Nationally known as “Hispanic Heritage Month,” the celebration started as “Hispanic Heritage Week” to celebrate Latinos, their culture, and history, in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson. It was expanded to a month-long celebration by President Ronald Reagan and enacted into law in 1988.