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L.A. school named after guitarist Carlos Santana

September 21, 2011 | 11:03 am

Carlos Santana performing in March 2011 Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana has hit records and 10 Grammys, and now he has a school named after him in North Hills.

The Los Angeles Unified School Board voted Tuesday to rename Valley Region Elementary School No. 12 as Carlos Santana Arts Academy.

The school, which can accommodate up to 650 students, opened this school year, and district officials say it will have a focus on the arts.

Santana, who did not attend the board meeting, said in a statement: “Each child’s soul is the seed that contains light and love.

"By investing patience, compassion, kindness and gentle wisdom, each child will bear the fruit of divinity.

"With gratitude, I am deeply honored that you chose to name your new school Carlos Santana Arts Academy.”


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Photo: Carlos Santana performing in March in Taiwan. Credit: Chiang Ying-ying / Associated Press