dr. michelle king

Dr. Michelle King became the first African American woman to be the superintendent of LAUSD.  When GALA founder, Dr. Liz Hicks, came to her with the idea and vision for GALA, Dr. King not only supported the vision, she helped guide the school from idea to fruition.  GALA is honored to share our name with Dr. Michelle King. You can see her incredible legacy and life in the video below. 

An excerpt on her life from LASCHOOLREPORT: 

"In a fall 2016 interview, King described herself as an LAUSD “lifer.”  When she was promoted to superintendent, she said, “I want to be a role model for students who look like me.” King was L.A. Unified’s first female superintendent in 80 years. But she said she didn’t always aspire to that role. “It’s something that just kind of evolved,” she said."

EDUCATION: King attended LAUSD schools, including Pacific Palisades High School and graduated from UCLA.


TEACHING: King taught science and math at Porter Middle School in Granada Hills. She was promoted to a coordinator for the math, science and aerospace magnet at Wright Middle School in Westchester.


ADMINISTRATION: Dr. King served as assistant principal and principal at Hamilton High School in Cheviot Hills. She then joined the ranks of L.A. Unified administrators in positions heading the division of student health and human services, interim chief instructional officer for secondary education and was superintendent of a western and southwestern region of the district.

SUPERINTENDENT: "She was chosen by Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines to be his chief of staff. She served as deputy superintendent under John Deasy and was named chief deputy by Cortines in October 2014 when Cortines came back to the district to replace Deasy. In her first year as superintendent, King visited about 100 schools on a “listen and learn” tour to hear from students, teachers and parents. On school visits, she was treated like a rock star, as students and staff asked to take selfies with her. 

“Sometimes in life, we don’t think that certain positions are available to us particularly if you’re a youth, a minority, that job or that position or that role might not be for you because you don’t see many role models, you don’t see many folks in those positions,” King said. “I feel that the appointment has said to particularly young women that anything is possible.”

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In March 2019, Dr. Michelle King's name was officially added to GALA. Her daughter was there to speak at the event in her honor. We are officially now Girls Academic Leadership Academy: Dr. Michelle King School for STEM.

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dr. michelle king scholarship fund

Dr. Michelle King's family has established the Dr. Michelle King Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will provide recognition to a GALA graduating senior, accepted to a four year University, who demonstrates academic excellence, community service and leadership, the principles with which Dr. King led her life and career. This scholarship honors the life of this remarkable woman insuring that the spirit of her work lives on through the hard work and dedication of our GALA girls. Your contribution to this fund will literally help change the lives of GALA girls... inspiring them and enabling them to become the trailblazers, innovators, and leaders of tomorrow. 

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