What you need to know
- Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine are funding Audubon Middle School to help kids get an education.
- The amount of money provided hasn't been confirmed, but the pair will spend "whatever it takes."
Two former(ish) Apple employees say they will "spend whatever it takes" to fund Audubon Middle School – a new project that builds on an existing campus that's running at a third of its capacity. An influx of cash and prestige could well see that change soon enough.
Oh, and you might have heard of the employees in question – Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. While Iovine left Apple a while ago, there's been no such announcement about Dre. He's probably somewhere, doing something. But I doubt employees see him wandering the halls of Apple Park very often.
As reported by the LA Times, the two music industry powerhouses have already plowed $70 million into a similar project, but now they're starting a new public high school with seemingly no limit to the budget at hand.
There are many reasons why Aubudon was selected as the school that Dre and Iovine would become involved with, although the sheer size of it and the room to grow were both seen as positives by the pair.
A decline in enrollment since the early 2000s has seen the number of students roaming the halls of the school dwindle, and that's something that could well change in the future. Black middle-class families have reportedly chosen to send their children to other schools of late, but an influx of cash could make Audubon a more attractive proposition for parents. That will have its own problems, including a need to work out how to create a new enrollment process.
You can learn much more about the project in the LA Times piece and it's well worth a read, especially if you happen to be local.
Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine both joined Apple when the company bought Beats. Despite that, Beats were never the best headphones for iPhone users, although the recent Beats Studio Buds release might change that.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
Nice feel good story. It's sad it takes the benevolence of some rich guys to provide an educational opportunity to a very small set of kids that deserve it.
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