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Congratulations, Ms. Sonia Hernandez, exemplary Legacy VAPA math educator, celebrated tonight as a finalist for the 2018-19 California League of High Schools Teacher of the Year. The CLS Educator of the Year award is given annually to California elementary, middle, and high school educators who exemplify educational excellence and have made significant efforts to implement elements of educational reform. 



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Posted 11/16/18

We all want a fun Halloween. Please see these guidelines regarding dress code as it relates to Halloween Costumes:


For safety and health regulations, shoes must conform to the Dress Code standards.


No item of clothing may be worn and no prop may be brought to school if it does any of the following:

  1. Costumes may not be construed as demeaning to any person or groups based on age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or to any individual staff or student at the school contains discriminatory, profane, vulgar, sexually suggestive, obscene, threatening, or libelous language;
  2. Costumes may not advertise/promote consumption of alcohol, tobacco, drugs/drug paraphernalia, or use of weapons;
  3. Costumes may not represent or be associated with gang membership; or cause a significant disruption or distraction to the school program.


Additionally, for Halloween

  1. Masks may not completely obscure the identity of the student;
  2. Masks may be worn during specific school spirit activity at lunch, provided that safety is not hindered;
  3. Costumes may NOT include props such as real, replica, or fake guns/ knives/other weapons/dangerous objects, or any item that is not allowed on campus.
  4. No costume can be worn that is unsafe or that may create a safety hazard.

Thank you.

Posted 10/28/18

Saturday, October 13 was our Legacy High School Complex Open House and the final formal recruitment event for the 2018-19 Zone of Choice/Magnet enrollment recruitment season. The Zone of Choice application window closes November 8, 2018 (first round). This year VAPA stepped up recruitment efforts taking our VAPA Performance Ambassadors to perform at 5 school visits and at two Open House events at VAPA. Our students performed for close to 3000 students in total. The VAPA group includes 50 students from our jazz band, jazz choir, show choir, Mariachi Ensemble, and dance teams, plus MCs from our VAPA Student Leadership/ASB team.

In addition to these shows, VAPA presented at the LDE Choices Fair, recorded and posted 15 promotional videos featuring our students, posted several promo stories and student features on our website and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), sent a welcome e-mail with links to all South Gate and Bell Zone of Choice families with available e-mails, and began to give campus tours two days a week.

We thank our teachers who have been so supportive by releasing their students for performances, our feeder schools who hosted us on their wonderful campuses, our prospective students and their families who continue to ask questions so they can make an informed school choice, our chaperones, staff, administrators, and directors who facilitated our efforts, and our amazing students who are, in reality, the best promoters of our awesome school, better than adult speeches, banners, PowerPoints, and videos. Thank you! Please continue to go to our website and social media platforms (all linked at the top of the website) for more info on VAPA. The first round of the Zone of Choice selection window closes November 8, 2018. #wearevapa @localdistricteast @l.a.u.s.d @lausd_arts @btbla @monicagarciala

Posted 10/13/18

Congratulations to Legacy VAPA theatre students and their teacher, Mr. Delgado, for taking the next step in their their theatre journey. Students in the new Legacy VAPA Thespian Charter Troupe # 8741 were inducted October 5, 2018, joining the international society they will remain in even after graduation.

The rigorous application process included a requirement of performing in at least three major productions. Each of the new members performed a monologue, selected a nick-name they will use when they compete this year, and signed the ledger at the ceremony. Officers for the chapter were also announced.

Congrats to Ashley, Sahira, Noreen, Oscar, Adrian, and Lirahn. We are super proud of all of them! Thank you also to the parents, friends, and supporters who attended the ceremony. Looking forward to great things from our new thespians!

Posted 10/7/18

You don't want to miss your chance to become a Legacy VAPA student! The LUASD Zone of Choice Application window is from October2-November 8 this year. This is the opportunity for current 8th Grade students who live in the South Gate and Bell areas to enroll at one of the best arts schools in Los Angeles!

WE HAVE A PLACE FOR YOU! The more you know. Did you know that Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School is one of the few schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District that has a full-time music teacher, full-time dance teacher (plus a full-time PE teacher), a full-time theatre arts teacher, a full-time technical theatre teacher, a visual arts teacher and a media arts teacher, and a vocal music program? Did you know that VAPA also has a full complement of A-G College courses including honors and advanced placement (AP) courses in many areas including AP Studio Art and AP Music Theory?

Did you you know that Legacy VAPA has a larger percentage of gifted and talented students than many schools (17.5%) and is applying to become a School for Advanced Studies? Did you know that Legacy VAPA offers several academic electives such as Academic Decathlon, Physical Training, and AP Psychology? Did you know that Legacy VAPA has a mariachi ensemble, jazz band, orchestra, marching/concert band, jazz choir, show choir, costuming, choreography, ballet, modern dance, one of the only high school Writing for Musicals classes in the nation, and more? Did you know that Legacy VAPA offers all of this in a small, conservatory-like environment (less than 500 students) but is also part of the Legacy High School Complex with access to most sports including cheer and aquatics?

Did you know that Legacy VAPA has space in the Zone of Choice program as well as Open Enrollment? Did you know that you could become a student today if your school releases you? Go to for more info, call 323-357-7531, or e-mail Dr. Edward Trimis (principal) at today!


LAUSD Zone of Choice Letter to Parents

Posted 9/19/18


Huge congratulations go out to Legacy Tigers football and Legacy sports. After a tough JV game, last night Varsity blazed into their 1st Eastern League game of the season, and first ever game in the league, with the first touchdown on the board.

After several amazing plays and turn-overs, including interceptions and a touchback, Legacy defeated CIF Division 3 Champions, Huntington Park High School, 35-24. This is a big win for the Tigers, capping off our first week of Eastern League play after Legacy also won their league games/matches in both Girls Volleyball and Girls Tennis.

Special congratulations also go out to the Legacy Spirit Team including Cheer, Band and Color Guard, and Short Flags as well as our Tiger Mascot. Congrats and thank you to Coach Guzman and his coaching staff, AD Sánchez and the administration and supervision staff, the teachers, parents, students, fans, and community of the Legacy schools including VAPA, STEAM, and ISLC High Schools. This is going to be a banner year for Legacy Athletics!

Posted 9/15/18


Posted 9/15/18


Safe at Home Participants

Please do NOT use this form to register or re-register to vote if you are enrolled in a confidential address program such as Safe at Home. If sharing your address could put you in life-threatening danger, you may be eligible to register to vote confidentially.

For more information, contact the Safe at Home program at (877) 322-5227 or visit

Registration Deadline

The deadline to register or re-register to vote for any election is 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before that election.

If this deadline has passed:

  • You can submit an application and it will be processed for future elections.
  • You have the opportunity to “conditionally” register to vote and vote provisionally at your local county elections office. Contact your local county elections official for more information or visit Conditional Voter Registration.

If you recently registered online, please wait at least 24 hours before checking your registration status.

What You Will Need

To register online you will need

  • Your California driver license or California identification card number,
  • The last four digits of your social security number and
  • Your date of birth.

Your information will be provided to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to retrieve a copy of your DMV signature.

If you do not have a California driver license or California identification card, you can still use this form to apply to register to vote by completing the online interview by 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time on the 15th calendar day before an election.

Additional Information

See if you are registered to vote and if so, in what county.

If you are 16 or 17 years old, you can use this online registration application to pre-register to vote.

For more information on registering to vote you may want to visit the Secretary of State's Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Questions or Want to Report Fraud?

Call the Secretary of State's Voter Hotline at (800) 345-VOTE (8683) or your county elections office.

Posted 9/4/18


Last week the Freshman Class of Legacy VAPA for the second year participated in the off campus, ACE 3-Day Transition Program sponsored and facilitated by the Educare Foundation. The transformational, and in some ways, life-changing program helps develop skills in team-work, persistence, mindfulness, and many more qualities we are also working towards developing in our students through our work with the Leader in Me program and the Seven Habits of Highly Successful People and Link Crew.

The program concluded with a emotional parent/participant celebration complete with a slide-show, student reflections, parent/sibling and student affirmations and dinner.

Thank you so much to our ninth grade teachers who participated in the program as team leaders, Ms. Grinner and our staff who made all of the arrangements, the Educare Staff who were wonderful with our kids, and the awesome Class of 2022 who took the major step of getting out of their comfort zone and becoming the best students and young people they can be. We now have more than 1/2 if our student body who have gone through the program. In 2 more years we will have 100% if our students as ACE alumni!


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Posted 9/2/18

Please note the following stadium guidelines which will be strictly enforced at all home football games:


In an effort to improve the game-day experience for fans at Southern California sports events, sports venues throughout the area, working as the Los Angeles Sports Council Task Force on Fan Behavior, have collectively developed the Southern California Fan Code of Conduct.

The Southern California Fan Code of Conduct lists 10 common-sense guidelines intended to foster a safe and comfortable atmosphere for all spectators. Although most venues and teams already have their own codes of conduct, this is the first time a common code, which could subject violators to ejection or arrest, will apply to multiple area sports facilities.

The Los Angeles Unified School District and the California Interscholastic Federation-City Section and Southern Section supports the area’s outstanding collegiate sports teams. In order to ensure a safe and celebratory environment, we ask that fans refrain from the following behavior at all events:

  • Profanity or other offensive language, whether spoken or appearing on apparel
  • Smoking (LAUSD schools are non-smoking facilities)
  • Intoxication or excessive alcohol consumption
  • Bringing prohibited items into the venue
  • Throwing of items or liquids
  • Entering the playing field or court at any time
  • Fighting or other threatening behavior
  • Failure to retain ticket and/or present it to event staff if requested to do so
  • Resale of tickets at the venue
  • Violation of state, school, district, or local laws or rules

Failure to comply may subject you to ejection or arrest.

Fans are encouraged to report inappropriate behavior to team/venue personnel. We welcome your help in our efforts to provide an enjoyable experience for all guests.

Posted 8/26/18


Posted 8/6/18

Are you a pianist/songwriter? Do you want to make a difference in the lives of kids? Do you want to becme part of a vibrant, cutting-edge, arts-loving, formward-moving school community? If so, we have a need for you!



Posted 7/24/18


It is already July and we are only a few weeks away from the first day of classes for 2018-19, and Legacy VAPA, VII! Our theme will be "Making a Difference: the 1960's Through Today" and as we prepare for a new year, LOTS of exciting activities, events, and programs are in the works!

As we are into our 1st full year of being a Leader in Me school, only the 2nd in Los Angeles, our student and staff leadership teams are hard at work transforming our little school, the little train that could, into even more of an amazing place!

Seven Habits for Highly Successful People will be taught to our entire student body this year as you start to see more and more positive changes on our campus and in our classrooms. We will also be fully implementing Link Crew, the peer mentorship program that is found in many highly successful schools, and we will continue to offer the ACE program through the Educare Foundation for all of our 9th graders. And on top of all of this, we are in a WASC visitation year! We welcome the Visiting Team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges to VAPA on March 4 and 5, 2019.

One big schedule change, we will dismiss at 3:20 pm EVERY DAY but will have late-start Mondays on 14 days this year so our teachers and staff can participate in professional development. Late Start Days will begin at 10 am, though we will have tutoring and supervision in the MPR from 7 am to 10 am on these days. You may find the full calendar on our website calendar section and under "Bell Schedules".

Posted 7/14/18

Check our our Summer Programs Calendar! Band Camp, Showchoir Camp, and Summer School calendars may be found at





Posted 6/25/18

The Arts Events Calendar for 2018-19 is here! Check it out!


Posted 6/17/18

Check out our video which gives you a quick overview of all that happened at VAPA in 2017-18. IT was an awesome year and we are looking forward to VAPA, Part VII as we plan for our 10th Anniversary in 4 years! 


2017-18 VAPA Video



Posted 6/16/18

Congrats to the Legacy VAPA Class 2018 who graduated on June 7, 2018. The graduation ceremony was at South Gate Municipal Auditorium and was attended by teachers, staff, family, and friends as well as School Board Member Ref Rodriguez and representatives from LAUSD Local District East.

A big thank you to senior class adviser, Erica Alvarez, senior in college counselor, Heather Simmons, senior teachers and support staff. The ceremony was awesome!

Special congratulations to our senior class president (Raven Bealey) for her spot-on poem that opened the ceremony, our valedictorians (Natalie Gonzalez and Daisy Loya) and salutatorian (Carolina Sanchez) for their amazing speeches, the band and mariachi ensemble for their beautiful performances, and the senior choir and senior flash mob dancers for their performance.

We wish all of our graduates the best as they move forward to the next leg of their life’s journey!


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Posted 6/11/18


Congrats to our Legacy VAPA filmmakers celebrated tonight at the Warner Brothers First Cut film screening at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank.

The experience had all the ingredients of a true Hollywood screening from a red carpet and photo background, a reception fit the filmmakers with gourmet food and snacks, a greeting by the studio executives, interviews with successful producers, a roundtable discussion with sone of the filmmakers, and the screening of the films on a huge screen in High Def. It was pretty spectacular. The screening was the capstone event for the #WBGood First Cut program which provides students the opportunity to tell their stories in film and digital media who might not otherwise have that opportunity. The program is a collaboration with GhettoFilm School, #WBGood, and LAUSD Division of Instruction and the Arts Education Branch.

Thanks so much to all of our arts/industry partners for providing the program to our students, Dr. Frances Gipson, Rory Pullens and his AEB team, and instructors Nick Adolfo and Frank Turner. And congratulations to our partners: Cortines VAPA HS, ELA Performing Arts Magnet HS, and Carson HS, and to our wonderful Legacy VAPA HS students!


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Posted 6/5/18


Congratulations to all of the Legacy VAPA Class of 2018 who were honored on July 30 in the 2018 Senior Recital and Awards Gala Event.

The Academy Awards-Style Awards show featured several performances and honored the achievements of this year's wonderful senior class. Thank you to Ms. Simmons who coordinated the event with support from Ms. Suarez and the rest of the VAPA Leadership Team, Ms. Dadrass (Coordinator), Ms. Solis (Counselor), Ms., Grinner (AP), and Dr. Trimis (Principal).



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Posted 6/2/18


Posted 5/30/18

Mr. Juan Cuevas graduated in 1996 from Huntington Park High School in Huntington Park, CA. At Huntington Park High, he was a music major and part of the Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Choir under the direction of Dr. Edward Trimis, where he received the prestigious Herb Alpert Music Scholarship.  After graduating from Huntington Park High he then graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education form California State University Los Angeles. While at CSULA he studied under the direction of Dr. David Betancourt.

In April of 2000, Mr. Cuevas took the position of Professional Expert at Middleton Street Elementary School where he built a music program with 25 third graders and grew to almost 100 members strong and three performing groups. In 2002, he participated in the Mc Mariachi Competition where his mariachi ensemble won 1st place and was selected to perform at Fiesta Broadway following the competition. His music program grew as did his reputation that he was selected to start a mariachi program at Plaza de La Raza in Lincoln Park in Summer of 2002.  Mr. Cuevas started his own Mariachi Estrella de Oro and performed professionally from 2003-2009 at numerous venues including Hollywood Bowl, Ford Anson Theatre, and Kodak Theatre among others. 

In Fall of 2016 he took over the Legacy VAPA High School music program where he has currently been building the program by starting a Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Mariachi, and an AP Music Theory class coming 2018/19 school year. During Mr. Cuevas’ first year at Legacy VAPA he led the marching band to 2nd place in the South Gate Children’s Lane Parade competition, and 1st place in the Jazz Band Music in the Parks competition in San Francisco.  His passion for teaching has led Mr. Cuevas to continue his education and will be graduating with Master’s Degree in Education this Spring and is constantly reminding his students that “…the saddest thing in life is wasted talent, and the choices that you make will shape your life forever.” -Chazz Palminteri.

Posted 5/27/18

Ask any VAPA student and they will tel you all about Spring Fest! The 5  day event fetures the best of Legacy VAPA's performers!

The Spring Fest Preview was on May 9 (music) and 10 (dance) and the complete evening performances are on three Fridays in May beginning at 6:30 pm in the Legacy High School Complex Performing Arts Center: May 11 (vocal groups), May 18 (instrumental groups), and May 25 (dance groups). Don't miss the SIXTH ANNUAL Legacy VAPA Spring Fest!

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Posted 5/11/18

Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School is excited to offer a new service for our students who see or learn about dangerous or concerning issues at VAPA and/or the Legacy High School Complex. Tips are anonymous and will be investigated by VAPA and LAUSD staff as soon as possible after being reported. Please note another option is to report any concerns directly to Legacy VAPA teachers and staff by dropping into the office, calling 323-357-7531 or e-mailing Dr. Trimis at



Posted 5/11/18


It’s been almost exactly 1 year since Show Search, the Foundation for New American Musicals’ signature competition for original musicals, accepted entries for the 2017 event. Quite a bit has happened in the last year for musicals!

On the heals of La La Land, The Greatest Showman hit theaters, Hamilton came to Los Angeles and LAUSD, and while Dear Evan Hanson was winning 6 Tonys including Best Musical, VAPA’s own musical theatre writing team of Jessica Nava and Maria Hernandez’ musical, Grandma’s Keeper, went to the Show Search finals and was awarded the top prize in the event at Santa Monica College. Since then, the scrappy (to steal a Lin-Manuel Miranda descriptor) musicals writing workshop of 8 students which met weekly for an hour, turned in to a full, 26 student, 10 credit-earning, transcript-recorded Writing for Musicals course, VAPA presented their first all original, Musical Theatre Workshop full production (complete with Cast album and Gala Opening) which will produce the full production of Grandma’s Keeper in 2018-19, and VAPA submitted a proposal to LAUSD for a Musical Theatre and Media Arts Magnet (still awaiting approval).

Also, since June 11, 2017, VAPA has produced 2 complete musicals, Elf (Fall, 2017) and Aladdin (Spring, 2018). Super excited that tomorrow is the final run of this year’s original musicals entries before being submitted to Show Search, 2018 (being recorded Thursday and submitted Friday). We wish the best of luck to this year’s musicals!

Posted 4/23/18


Aladdin, the Musical came to Legacy VAPA on April 18-21. The latest of several musicals at VAPA, Aladdin, featured the talents of several 9th-12th Graders and the show was spectacular! Stand-outs were Giancarlo Spiru (VAPA, '21) as Aladdin, Norene Flowers & Leihla Rodrigez (VAPA, '21) as Princess Jasmine, Emma Bayona (VAPA, '18) as the Genie, Carlos Martinez (VAPA, '18) as the Magic Carpet, Ebe Mondragon (VAPA, '18) as Iago, Ramon Carrillo (VAPA, '18) as Jafar, Jessica Nava(VAPA, '29) as the Sultan, and Mia Gordon, Aranzazu Hernandez, Norene Flowers, Jessica Lacayo, Natalie Rios & Julie Rios as the Narrators.



Special thanks to Mr. Nick Adolfo and his video/photo crew, Miguel Delgado (technical director) and his sound, lights, and house crew, Ms. Cho (musical director), and Stacie Craig, Director. The online Playbill may be found at…/45894-disney…/doc/vip/cover/preview


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Posted 4/22/18

We have openings! Don't miss YOUR chance to become a part of the VAPA Family! We are looking for an English Teacher and a Teacher's Assistant! Do you love kids? Are you an arts advocate? Do you want to make a difference in the loves of others? Do you want to be part of a fast-growing, stellar, cutting-edge arts high school? Than VAPA is here for you! Apply today! Resumes are being collected and interviews sheduled!



Posted 4/20/18

What?  You cheked the wrong box on your Zone of Choice App?  You really wanted to check LEGACY VAPA? No worries. Complete the attached Zone of Choice Appeal and mark "Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School". Appeals are due April 20, 2018. Zone of Choice Home (click)

Posted 4/9/18

Students from the Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School All Star Choir will took the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at 7:30 pm on April 12, 2018 with some of the biggest names in the music industry. The Los Angeles Unified School District, in association with The Music Center, produced a spectacular benefit concert for arts education.  Award-winning performers included legendary percussionist Sheila E., Latin jazz star Pete Escovedo, singer-songwriter Siedah Garrett, rock star vocalist Judith Hill, and Mexican music royalty Lupita Infante.  This evening of epic proportions was hosted by Oscar and Emmy Award-winning LA Unified alumni including Patricia Arquette and David Arquette, Mindy Cohn, Ally Walker and Richard Lawson. Some of L.A. Unified’s most talented student artists and other surprise guest hosts and performers appeared.

Posted 4/7/18

Good luck, Legacy Cheer Team in the first official CIF LAUSD Cheer Meet tomorrow at Torres HS. The importance of this competition can't be overstated. Though Cheer has been officially designated as an official CIF sport for a while now, this is the 1st LAUSD competitive season.


Cheer can be called a sport, but when cheer teams need to provide their own transportation, pay comp fees, pay for their own uniforms, and negotiate with various coaches of other sports teams and school officials to even go to events, their status as an official sport is undermined. However, with tomorrow's meet, they ARE a sport. Transportation provided. School release time preapproved. A competition against other LAUSD teams from the same part of the district. It is time. Cheer has arrived. Say hello to one of the newest official CIF sports! We wish Coach Brenda and Coach Adolfo and our wonderful Cheer Team the best in their CIF City Section season which starts tomorrow. Good luck. We're with you, we support you, and know you will do great. You got this. Tiger Pride!




Posted 3/16/18

Proclamation by Dr. Edward Trimis, Administrator, Athletics, Legacy High School Complex, Designating March 16, 2018 as Legacy Girls Basketball Day

Whereas athletics are a critical part of high schools in general and the Legacy High School Complex in particular in that athletics is one of our various school’s key focus areas along with STEAM, international studies, and the arts;

Whereas this season caps off 6 seasons of success coached by Coach Estrada and his staff including a Division 3 LA City Championship in 2015, #2 Ranking in LA City Section in 2016, Open Division appearances in 2016 and 2017, 4 straight California State Play-off appearances, Southern League Champions and undefeated in League 5 years in a row, Southern League overall record of 70-3,  winner of multiple Tournament Championships playing some of the top schools in Southern California including Mater Dei, Sierra Canyon, Troy, Fairmont Prep, and Redondo Union to name a few, and an overall team record in 6 years of 137 wins and 67 losses.


Whereas in this particular season, the team were the Division 1 Los Angeles City Section runner-up team after defeating several teams from throughout the city, and,  after their final game in the City Section championships went on to win games in the California State Championships, defeating teams seeded much higher than their #15 seed including Warren High School (#2 seed) and Oxford Prep (#10 seed) becoming part of the Play-Off Elite 8 and once again, confirming, the Legacy Girls Basketball Team is indeed a force to be reckoned with.


Whereas this particular season several players played pivotal roles in the success of the team and should be especially recognized including Amanda Lopez (All-League 1st Team in 2017 and 2nd Team in 2018, 7.4 points per game ppg and 2.2 assists per game apg), Irtaly Aguayo (All League 2nd Team 2017 and 2018, 4 ppg and 5 rebounds per game rpg), Nataly Contreras (All-League 2nd Team in 2018, 3.7 ppg), Akilah Watson (6.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.2 apg), Citlaly Davalos (Div. 1 All-Division Team, All-League 1st Team, Team Leader in Assists, 3.5 apg, 8.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg), Melanie Lopez (All-League 1st Team in 2018, 2nd Team in 2017, 3-Point Leader-33 3-pointers and 7.1 ppg), and Arianna Harper (All-City Team in 2017, Div. 1 Player of the Year in 2018, Div. 3 Player of the Year in 2015, All-Division in 2016, League MVP in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, Team MVP in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018, Scoring Leader in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, National Player in 2017, 2260 Total Points, 19.2 points per game in 2018, 6.0 rpg, 4.5 spg, 2.8 apg).

Whereas Legacy Girls Basketball continues to be a source of school pride, motivating all students to be successful in school and teachers and staff to continue to do their best to support Legacy students;


Now, therefore, I, EDWARD TRIMIS, Athletics Administrator of the Legacy High School Complex, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the State of California and the Los Angeles Unified School District, do hereby proclaim March 16, 2018 as Legacy Girls Basketball Day and call upon all Legacy High School Complex staff, students, and community to observe this day by honoring our Girls Basketball Team, Coach E and their coaches with the recognition and accolades they so rightly deserve throughout the day and for the rest of the school year.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 16th day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen.



Posted 3/16/18


Posted 3/13/18

After winning their games on March 7 against Warren HS (74-73) and on March 10 against Oxford Academy (54-49),  our Legacy Lady Tigers travel to Fullerton to play Sunny Hills HS as they continue their run. We wish them all the best! THANK YOU to Coach E and his coaching staff, all the parents and supporters, and congrats to the girls on the team!

Posted 3/11/18



DOWNEY — Arianna Harper’s three-point play with three-tenths of a second remaining in overtime gave Legacy of South Gate a 74-73 victory over Warren’s girls basketball team in the first round of the CIF Southern California Division III Regionals on Wednesday night at Warren High.


It marked the fourth consecutive overtime game in the postseason for Warren, and it appeared the Bears would pull off their fourth straight OT win.


Bears guard Frances Potts scored a basket with 6.3 seconds left in overtime to give Warren a 73-71 lead. The Tigers (22-11) called timeout following the basket. Citlaly Davalos inbounded the ball to Harper, who drove the length of the floor for a layup, and she was fouled on the play. Harper made the free throw to break the tie.

The Bears’ final desperation shot came up short, and Legacy moved on to the regional semifinals to face Oxford Academy on Saturday.

Harper led all scorers with 35 points.

Warren (20-11) was led by Cyrena Chavers who had 27 points and 11 rebounds. KK Berry, a senior forward, scored 18 points and pulled down 21 rebounds.


“It’s a heartbreaking loss,” said Bears guard Brittney Curd.

Despite the season-ending setback, Warren coach Rachel Palmer said she was proud of her team.

“They’re fighters,” said Palmer, whose team recorded consecutive OT victories over Wilson, Culver City and Cabrillo of Lompoc to win the school’s first CIF-Southern Section title. “This is the first time in school history our team has ever won a CIF title and gone to a state tournament. Everyone doubted us. but I’m super-proud of these kids.”


The Bears rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half and took the lead 57-56 following a basket by Chavers with with 4:14 to play in regulation. Chavers’ two free throws with 14 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game at 67 and forced OT.

“I had a vision of making a buzzer-beater to win the game,” said Harper. “I wanted the ball on the last play and after I made the layup I took a deep breath and made the free throw.”

Posted 3/8/18

VAPA had a special guest performance by Judith Hill and her band at Legacy VAPA on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 as part of our VAPA Guest Speaker Series and Black History Month Event Calendar.  Thank you to Ms. Hill, her management, and the LAUSD Arts Education Branch for providing the concert for Legacy VAPA!

Arts Branch photos are found here (click).


Judith Hill has been praised by Rolling Stone for her “stellar powerhouse vocals.” In addition to penning and performing her own material, Judith – who wrote her first song at the age of four – has backed such artists as Stevie Wonder and the late Michael Jackson. Hers is one of the stories told in director Morgan Neville’s acclaimed 20 Feet From Stardom, a film that shines the spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. The film has won the Film Critics Award for Best Documentary and an Academy Award for Best Documentary. The film also won the 2015 Grammy for Best Music Film. Hill, who was also featured on the film’s soundtrack, was a contestant on season four of “The Voice.” Judith has already garnered much praise for her live performance as opener for Josh Groban, John Legend and Prince both in the US and the UK.

Judith Hill’s debut album, “Back In Time,” produced by herself & Prince is out now on NPG Records.

Check out her info at



Posted 1/31/18


Zone of Choice Video (click)

Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School is in the Zone of Choice program. The 2018-2019 High School Application will be available online starting February 1, 2018. School Tours are available. Contact Dr. Edward Trimis, principal, for more info and to schedule a tour at


Click Here to find your Zone of Choice and your choices.  Enter full address and click Search.   

Once you know your zone, click Here, select your zone from the list and click for more info.

Haga Clic Aquí para encontrar su Zona de Opción. Ingrese su domicilio completo en el espacio en blanco y haga Clic en el icono de búsqueda.

Una vez que ya identificó su zona, haga Clic Aqui, seleccione su zona de la lista y haga Clic.

Posted 1/28/18

SSC Meets Monday, 1/20/18 at 4 pm Rm. D100

Posted 1/21/18

South Gate, CA, January 8, 2018– Congratulations to the author-singer-actors of the 2018 performance of Real Life: A Musical Revival, the original musical which tells the real-life stories of students from the early 1990’s at Huntington Park High School and current students at Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School. The musical was performed at the Legacy High School Complex on January 25, 26, and 27 at 7 pm. The show was directed by Miguel Delgado with the book and script by Legacy VAPA and Huntington Park students and music and lyrics by Edward Trimis.

In the early 1990’s, when VAPA principal Dr. Edward Trimis taught music at Huntington Park High School, he created an original musical with his students based on monologues they wrote reflecting on their life experiences. Trimis wrote music and lyrics for solos and group songs as well as the dialogue connecting the stories. Real Life, A New Musical was an exploration of the lives of high school students in a similar way A Chorus Line examined the lives of broadway dancers. The show was performed for two different times throughout Los Angeles at several venues including local schools, Los Angeles City College and for the California Musical Educators Association Conference.

Now, 25 years later, Legacy VAPA produced a new version of the show incorporating the characters, stories, and songs of the original show with additional stories and songs based on the lives of our new cast, 11th and 12th grade students at Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School. The new show includes most of the songs and monologues from the original show plus new songs and new stories/monologues from the new cast. In all, there is a cast of 7 performers playing 21 roles including 15 all-original songs, 10 songs from the original show and 5 brand-new songs. The stories are compelling, the songs and powerful, and the musical does something we all need to do, give the students the opportunity to tell their stories with creativity, expression, and passion to build an understanding and compassion for us by experiencing a small part of what they have gone through in their short lives.


Original cast members and other VIPs plan attended the opening night performance on January 25 and a reception following the show. The company is producing a cast album and a DVD of one of the performances.



At one point towards the beginning of the show, Andrea talks about the show to a cast member who is understating its importance. Andrea: We are trying to do something here, make something happen.  You’re wrong on this one. This IS a big deal. This is special and our stories do matter. Try to get this. By us telling our stories, we are speaking for everyone else who does not have a voice. We are their voice. It matters. It’s important.  We’re making history here. I am so grateful the company is doing this show. Reality. Reality. Reality is big! Reality is what people want. There are dozens of shows built around the real lives of people. By seeing our stories, we validate them and we validate the stories for everyone else who can’t tell them. These are OUR real lives. Our story. But really, everyone’s story.


In a time when student voice in increasingly important in our schools, and a time when shows like Hamilton and films like La La Land remind us of the relevance and importance of musicals, this performance of Real Life is especially timely.


It has been an amazing experience, Trimis explains. The fact that our students can tell their own life stories on stage and sing songs written especially for them is an opportunity most students will never be able to take advantage of. As in the first version of Real Life, the monologues are emotional, powerful, and inspiring. These are true stories that will touch many in the audience: stories about divorce, death, new jobs, new loves, school, performing, and prejudice. The songs complement the monologues in a rich and authentic way. The whole experience is even more meaningful in that we will original cast members from 25 years ago at the performance, seeing the new students perform their monologues and songs from the original show.


Real Life signals the start of the annual Musical Theatre Workshop, the third year of VAPA’s Writing for Musical Theatre Program, when students create and produce original musicals. Several students are in Year 2 of the program and will be producing their original musical next school year (as part of the program, they are required to participate, perform, and co-produce an original musical in Year 2). Two of the performers, Jessica Nava and Maria Hernandez, were winners of the Foundation for New American Musicals 2017 Show Search competition. Their full-length original musical, Grandma’s Keeper, will be performed in next year’s Musical Theatre Workshop. Legacy VAPA is finalizing their proposal to add a Musical Theatre and Media Arts Magnet to their campus, the first in LAUSD, pending school board approval.


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Posted 1/9/18

There will be a mandatory STAFF MEETING on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 3:25-4:25 pm in the Library. Please see Schoology for the Agenda.

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