Last week The Eastsider reported that both LA Unified and charter school operator Green Dot were each claiming they had just opened the first new public high school in Boyle Heights in 80 years. LA Unified did hold a dedication ceremony in September for the Mendez Learning Center about a month before Green Dot staged a ribbon cutting for the Oscar de la Hoya Ánimo Charter High School. However, Green Dot said its school had been operating for five years in a temporary site in downtown Los Angeles.
In response, LA Unified spokesperson Shannon Haber modified the district's claim: "We are then the first new LAUSD high shool in 85 years in Boyle Heights," said Haber, who attended the De La Hoya ribbon cutting last week. "We are really proud of it. Both are just phenomenal schools."