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November 12, 2015

David Geffen Gives $100 Million for Private School at UCLA

Billionaire entertainment mogul David Geffen is donating $100 million to the University of California, Los Angeles, to build a private middle and high school aimed in part at serving the families of university faculty and staff, reports the Los Angeles Times. Mr. Geffen and UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the on-campus Geffen Academy will help the university recruit and retain top teachers and scientists who may have concerns about the city's cost of living and education system.

The school is slated to open in 2017 with about 125 students in sixth and ninth grades and to grow to 600 students in sixth through 12th grades. UCLA already offers pre-kindergarten and elementary school for the children of faculty members. Slots at the new school will be split between campus employees' kids and the wider Los Angeles community.

The gift includes $70 million for renovation, construction, and start-up costs; a $25 million endowment for the new school; and $5 million to UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies to link the academy with its research and programs with Los Angeles public schools. Mr. Geffen has previously donated $300 million to the university's medical school, which bears his name.