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Downtown arts school hires well-known educator as principal

September 21, 2011 | 12:52 pm

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The new principal of the high-profile downtown arts high school will be the well-known head of a similar well-established school in Washington, D.C., officials confirmed Wednesday.

The selection of veteran arts educator Rory Pullens is the latest chapter for the Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts, which has been plagued by leadership turnover and other controversies.

In Pullens, the school will have a well-respected leader who is credited with building and maintaining the caliber of program that is wanted to match the architecturally distinctive, steel-clad $232-million structure that looms over the Hollywood Freeway.

“We were looking for a motivational principal who would push forward the school's mission and vision and assist us on our journey to become the premier arts school on the West Coast,” said teacher Greg Schiller, who was part of the school-based interview committee.

Pullens is scheduled to begin work in Los Angeles on Nov. 1.

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Photo: The Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times.

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