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Councilman LaBonge honored with square at former high school

Mike Szymanski | June 30, 2015

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Councilman Tom LaBonge honored at his former high school

Outgoing Los Angeles City Council member Tom LaBonge now has a square named after him in front of the school he graduated from, John Marshall High School.

The plaque also names the other public schools that LaBonge attended locally, including Ivanhoe Elementary School in 1963 and Thomas Starr King Middle School in 1968.

The councilman, who is being termed out of office this year after serving from 2001, attended Marshall High in 1971. The school is at Tracy and St. George streets in Los Feliz.

When the high school’s Gothic style main building was slated for demolition after the Sylmar earthquake in 1971, LaBonge fought to save the structure.

LaBonge is also known for helping LA Unified fund and build the school’s new Mike Haynes Stadium and Hugh Boyd Field that are used for football games and track meets.

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