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History

The Child's Mansion

childs mansion.jpgIn the early 1900’s the Child’s family, who originally lived in downtown Los Angeles, bought land west of downtown, located in the middle of the city of Los Angeles. The Child's family built a beautiful three-story Colonial Mansion that served the family’s purposes for years. Around1903, Mrs. Child planted a Morten Bay Fig tree on the property that continues to thrive and is now over 113 years old. It is a state landmark. The Morten Bay Fig tree is located on the Mid-City's Prescott property, formerly known as “Windcrest.” The Child's Mansion had a storied and interesting history. The family home was used in several movies to portray life in the South (Southern Jealousy, 1933). In the 1950’s the family sold the home and it became the Los Angeles Home for Adopting Children. In the 1970’s, when the home was acquired by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), much to the dismay of the community, the aging structure was demolished due to its dilapidated state due to years of neglect. The home was torn down and Mid-City's Prescott Magnet School was built as the building structure and series of bungalows that exists today. The destruction of the mansion galvanized the West Adams community and in 1983 the West Adams Heritage Association was created. The Association takes responsibility for protecting and restoring the unique, historic, and finely crafted homes in this beautiful community.

In Honor of Ron Prescott

 

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Mid-City School became one of the first of four stand-alone magnet schools created in the 1970’s. Our school has had a rich history as a K-12, K-8 and now 1st - 5th grade magnet elementary school. The current school program configuration is the result of a $3,000,000 (three million dollar) investment made by the U.S. Department of Education between 2010-2013 to create an environment of learning for the future scientists and mathematicians of the world. The school, located in Mid-City, is named after the late, Honorable, Mr. Ronald Prescott who attended LAUSD public schools and went on to become Deputy Superintendent of the Office of Governmental Relations and Public Affairs. This erudite gentleman also opened the first Magnet Office in the Los Angeles Unified School District. He grew up in the West Adams community and served as the district’s most successful lobbyist in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C. It was only befitting that the school be renamed – Mid-City’s Prescott School of Enriched Sciences in honor of Mr. Ronald Prescott on June 14, 2012. It has evolved into what can be called a metamorphosis - from a K-12 to a K-8 span school to a 1st - 5th grade magnet elementary school committed to global learning in the areas of the sciences. A school rooted in ensuring that the work of Honorable Mr. Ron Prescott lives on and thrives like the grand Morten Bay Fig Tree that is a cherished landmark.