The campus of Jordan High School in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles came alive on February 20, 2013, when Oprah Winfrey surprised students and DIRECTV employees during an on-campus assembly.
It was part of a DIRECTV Day of Service, where 225 employees painted inspirational murals and mentored students at Jordan. As the group was wrapping up their day Ms Winfrey came by to offer some inspirational words of advice.
READ OPRAH’S BLOG: Oprah Surprises Jordan High School and DIRECTV Employees
DIRECTV and Oprah chose Jordan High School to shine a light on the significant turnaround work taking place on campus. In 2012, its Academic Performance Index (API) score increased 93 points, which was not only the highest improvement for a school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, but also in the state of California. Jordan High School is part of the Partnership for L.A. Schools, which is a unique collaboration between the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District to turn around L.A.’s lowest performing schools and create a model for doing so district-wide.
In 2011, DIRECTV brought Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Herbie Hancock to the Partnership’s Santee High School for a Black History Month assembly. We believe that bringing inspirational and history-making figures into schools for live events is an effective way to make the classroom learning experience come alive for students, and we continue to look for unique opportunities like these that we can provide as part of DIRECTV’s commitment to K-12 education.