Marina del Rey Middle School in Del Rey marked its 50th year of educating local youths with a celebration at the school Oct. 23.

Designed by architect Paul Williams, the school first opened in September 1960 as Marina del Rey Junior High School. The school had operated as a junior high until September 1993, when it became a middle school serving students in grades 6-8.

Marina del Rey Middle School currently has an enrollment of about 1,100 students, including 311 magnet students.

The anniversary celebration began with a community pancake breakfast to support the Student Run Los Angeles (SRLA) program on campus, followed by a variety of festivities at the school.

Among the entertainment and activities were performances by musical groups from Marina Middle School and other Local District 3 schools, performances by the school’s national champion Cheer and Dance Squad, scenes from both future and past magnet school stage productions, and the L.A. Mini Dreams Dance and Cheer.

A car show displaying classic cars from the 1960s was another highlight, as well as a multi-media presentation on three screens, and a display of artifacts from the 1960s.

All proceeds from the celebration will be used to directly subsidize the school’s arts, marine science and technology programs.

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