UCLA College of Letters and Science
The UCLA College of Letters and Science is the arts and sciences college of the University of California, Los Angeles. It encompasses the Life and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, Honors Program and other programs for both undergraduate and graduate students; the bulk of UCLA's student body belongs to the College, which includes 34 academic departments, 21,000 undergraduate students, 2,700 graduate students and 900 faculty members. All of the academic programs in the College are ranked highly and 11 were ranked in the top ten nationally by the National Research Council; the College originated on May 23, 1919, the day when the Governor of California signed a bill into law which established the Southern Branch of the University of California. At that time, a College of Letters and Science was established as the university's general undergraduate program and it began to hold classes the following September with only 250 students in the college. In 1925, the College awarded its first bachelor's degrees.
A milestone occurred in 1927 when the southern branch was renamed the University of California at Los Angeles, although UCLA would have to wait until 1951 to achieve de jure coequal status with UC Berkeley and 1957 to achieve true de facto equality. The college is divided into four divisions — Division of Humanities, Division of Life Sciences, Division of Physical Sciences, Division of Social Sciences. Applied Linguistics, Art History, Asian Languages & Cultures, Comparative Literature, French & Francophone Studies, Germanic Languages, Indo-European Studies and Philosophy Program, Gay and Transgender Studies, Musicology, Near Eastern Languages & Cultures, Study of Religion Major, Scandinavian Section, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Spanish & Portuguese, Writing Center and Writing Programs, Psychobiology and Systems Biology and Evolutionary Biology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, Molecular and Developmental Biology, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Physiological Science. Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Biochemistry, Earth and Space Sciences, Mathematics and Astronomy, Statistics Afro-American Studies, Archaeology, Asian American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Economics, History, Human Complex Systems, Political Science, Gender Studies Kay Ryan, English, 16th poet laureate of U.
S. Brad Delson, "Linkin Park" member Richard Heck, 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry Paul Terasaki, organ transplant medicine and tissue typing Utpal Banerjee, Department chair and professor of molecular and developmental biology. For two years in a row, the scheduled commencement keynote speaker had canceled the engagement. Bill Clinton canceled in 2008 for not wanting to cross a picket line. Actor and alumnus James Franco canceled in 2009 because of his filming scheduling conflicts. Rock band Linkin Park's Brad Delson accepted the last minute invitation to speak at the 2009 commencement ceremony. June 11, 2010 – Columnist Gustavo Arellano of'¡Ask a Mexican!' Official website
American Jewish University
American Jewish University the separate institutions University of Judaism and Brandeis-Bardin Institute, is a Jewish institution in Los Angeles, California. Its largest component is its Whizin Center for Continuing Education in which 12,000 students are enrolled annually in non-credit granting courses. Classes, author events and performances are offered daytime and evening for all ages of the community. AJU's academic division includes the College of Arts and Sciences, leading to a B. A. degree in majors such as Biology & Bioethics, Business Administration & Innovation, Media Arts, Jewish Studies, Politics & Global Studies, Psychology. In addition, AJU offers graduate degrees through the Fingerhut School of Education, The David L. Lieber Graduate School, the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, a Conservative Jewish rabbinical seminary. AJU is host to the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program, which prepares students to convert to Judaism and engages interfaith couples and families, as well as three "think tanks": the Institute on American Jewish-Israel Relations, the Sigi Ziering Institute for Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust and the Center for Policy Options.
At its Brandeis-Bardin Campus, the University oversees Camp Alonim, Gan Alonim Day Camp and the BCI Program. The University of Judaism was founded in 1947; the spiritual founder was Dr. Mordecai Kaplan, a Jewish thinker and philosopher whose goal was to create an institution representing the diversity of Judaic expression in the United States. Another co-founder was Rabbi Jacob Pressman. A project of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City and the Bureau of Jewish Education of Greater Los Angeles, the UJ became an independent institution in the 1970s, it became non-denominational with the ascension to the presidency of Dr. Robert Wexler at the beginning of his tenure. Dr. Wexler was preceded in the presidency by Dr. David Lieber; the current president is Dr. Jeffrey Herbst. In March 2007, officials from both the University of Judaism and the Brandeis-Bardin Institute, an education and camping organization in Simi Valley, announced the two parties would merge into a new organization called the American Jewish University.
The American Jewish University campus in Bel Air, California is home to the Ostrow Library, which boasts over 120,000 volumes, extensive electronic resources, contains one of the West Coast's largest collections of Judaica. The campus includes the Gindi Auditorium, a 475-seat theatre featuring many concerts and other programs; the campus includes dormitories and a completed student union with fitness facilities, a basketball court, grass field. American Jewish University's Brandeis-Bardin campus is located in Simi Valley, California and is home to Camp Alonim and the BCI Program, as well as experiential learning programs like the Jene Fellowship; the campus is a functioning retreat and conference center that welcomes hundreds of groups from the greater Los Angeles community to its campus each year for events, learning activities and conferences. The Marjorie and Herman Platt Gallery and Borstein Art Gallery play host to many major exhibitions, both of Jewish and non-Jewish art. Past artists at the Platt Gallery have included David Hockney, Jim Dine and Frank Stella as well as works by the Gallery's donor, Herman Platt.
The Smalley Sculpture Garden on the campus grounds has a collection that includes the work of well-known contemporary sculptors. Dedicated in 1981, the sculptures include works by Beverly Pepper, Sol LeWitt, George Rickey, Jenny Holzer, Anthony Caro and George Rickey; the College of Arts and Sciences was the program of undergraduate study at AJU. It was announced in 2018 that the university will close the undergraduate program; the academic program itself at the College granted the Bachelor of Arts degree. The core curriculum provided foundational knowledge in the Liberal Arts with a focus on social justice and ethical leadership, consisting of the study of Western and Jewish civilization, sociology, math and public speaking. Several academic majors and minors were offered including: Biology & Bioethics, Business Administration & Innovation, Jewish Studies, Media Arts, Politics & Global Studies, PsychologyThe College permitted students to design individualized programs of study in consultation with their academic advisor.
The College encouraged students to take leadership roles both on campus and in social and religious work in the greater Los Angeles area. The American Jewish University was home to an active undergraduate student life. Students were encouraged to participate in student organizations in order to enrich their undergraduate experience. If a student determined that an organization they might be interested in was not yet established, students were welcome to establish new clubs and receive funding based upon student support and need. Student organizations included: the ASAJU, Bio-Ethics Association, Honor Society, Israel Action, Model United Nations, Political Science Association, Peer Mentoring Program, Psychology Association, Sports Club, Tikkun Olam; the Graduate School of Nonprofit Management offers a customized Master of Business Administration degree in Nonprofit Management program where students shape their vision for social change through collaboration with peers, mentors and a dynamic community of professionals.
Our school is intended for working social entrepreneurs and nonprofit leaders dedicated to creating innovative solutions for today’s most relevant communal challenges. The Gra
Fagus sylvatica, the European beech or common beech, is a deciduous tree belonging to the beech family Fagaceae. Fagus sylvatica is a large tree, capable of reaching heights of up to 50 m tall and 3 m trunk diameter, though more 25–35 m tall and up to 1.5 m trunk diameter. A 10-year-old sapling will stand about 4 m tall, it has a typical lifespan of 150–200 years, though sometimes up to 300 years. In cultivated forest stands trees are harvested at 80–120 years of age. 30 years are needed to attain full maturity. Like most trees, its form depends on the location: in forest areas, F. sylvatica grows to over 30 m, with branches being high up on the trunk. In open locations, it will become more massive; the leaves are alternate and entire or with a crenate margin, 5–10 cm long and 3–7 cm broad, with 6–7 veins on each side of the leaf. When crenate, there is one point at each vein tip, never any points between the veins; the buds are long and slender, 15–30 mm long and 2–3 mm thick, but thicker where the buds include flower buds.
The leaves of beech are not abscissed in the autumn and instead remain on the tree until the spring. This process is called marcescence; this occurs when trees are saplings or when plants are clipped as a hedge, but it often continues to occur on the lower branches when the tree is mature. Small quantities of seeds may be produced around 10 years of age, but not a heavy crop until the tree is at least 30 years old. F. sylvatica male flowers are borne in the small catkins. The female flowers produce beechnuts, small triangular nuts 15–20 millimetres long and 7–10 mm wide at the base. Flower and seed production is abundant in years following a hot and dry summer, though for two years in a row; the natural range extends from southern Sweden to northern Sicily, west to France, southern England, northern Portugal, central Spain, east to northwest Turkey, where it intergrades with the oriental beech, which replaces it further east. In the Balkans, it shows some hybridisation with oriental beech. In the southern part of its range around the Mediterranean, it grows only in mountain forests, at 600–1,800 m altitude.
Although regarded as native in southern England, recent evidence suggests that F. sylvatica did not arrive in England until about 4000 BC, or 2,000 years after the English Channel formed after the ice ages. The beech is classified as a native in the south of England and as a non-native in the north where it is removed from'native' woods. Localised pollen records have been recorded in the North of England from the Iron Age by Sir Harry Godwin. Changing climatic conditions may put beech populations in southern England under increased stress and while it may not be possible to maintain the current levels of beech in some sites it is thought that conditions for beech in north-west England will remain favourable or improve, it is planted in Britain. The nature of Norwegian beech populations is subject to debate. If native, they would represent the northern range of the species. However, molecular genetic analyses support the hypothesis that these populations represent intentional introduction from Denmark before and during the Viking Age.
However, the beech in Vestfold and at Seim north of Bergen in Norway is now spreading and regarded as native. Though not demanding of its soil type, the European beech has several significant requirements: a humid atmosphere and well-drained soil, it prefers moderately fertile ground, calcified or acidic, therefore it is found more on the side of a hill than at the bottom of a clayey basin. It is sensitive to spring frost. In Norway's oceanic climate planted trees grow well as far north as Trondheim. In Sweden, beech trees do not grow as far north as in Norway. A beech forest is dark and few species of plant are able to survive there, where the sun reaches the ground. Young beeches may grow poorly in full sunlight. In a clear-cut forest a European beech will germinate and die of excessive dryness. Under oaks with sparse leaf cover it will surpass them in height and, due to the beech's dense foliage, the oaks will die from lack of sunlight; the root system is shallow superficial, with large roots spreading out in all directions.
European beech forms ectomycorrhizas with a range of fungi including members of the genera Amanita, Cantharellus, Hebeloma and with the species Ramaria flavosaponaria. In the woodlands of southern Britain, beech is dominant over oak and elm south of a line from about north Suffolk across to Cardigan. Oak are the dominant forest trees north of this line. One of the most beautiful European beech forests called Sonian Forest is found in the southeast of Brussels, Belgium. Beech is a dominant tree species in France and constitutes about 10% of French fore
National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a funded, nonprofit organization based in Washington, D. C. that works in the field of historic preservation in the United States. The member-supported organization was founded in 1949 by congressional charter to support the preservation of America’s diverse historic buildings and heritage through its programs and advocacy; the National Trust for Historic Preservation aims to empower local preservationists by providing leadership to save and revitalize America's historic places, by working on both national policies as well as local preservation campaigns through its network of field offices and preservation partners, including the National Park Service, State Historic Preservation Offices, local preservation groups. The National Trust is headquartered in Washington, D. C. with field offices in Boston, New York City, Nashville, Houston, Boise, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. The organization is governed by a board of trustees and led by current president, Stephanie K. Meeks.
The National Trust presently has around 750,000 supporters. In addition to leading campaigns and advocacy, the National Trust provides a growing educational resource through the Preservation Leadership Forum that offers articles, case studies, conferences and training; the National Trust issues the quarterly Preservation magazine and produces the "PreservationNation" blog. The National Trust’s current work focuses on building sustainable communities through the adaptive reuse of historic spaces. Towards the end of the 19th century, as the United States was rebuilding after the Civil War, the country was beginning to form its sense of national identity and history; the government began to enact legislation for the preservation of sites and objects deemed significant to the nation’s history. In 1872, an Act of Congress established Yellowstone. In 1906, the Antiquities Act enabled the President to declare landmarks or objects as a national monument. In 1935, Congress passed the Historic Sites Act which outlined programs for research and inventory of historic sites.
Meanwhile, historic preservation initiatives existed on local and state levels. In 1931, the first historic district was created in South Carolina. However, efforts to save and maintain historic sites were still limited to private citizens or local groups. In the late 1940s, leaders in American historic preservation saw the need for a national organization to support local preservation efforts. In 1946, David E. Finley, Jr. George McAneny, Christopher Crittenden, Ronald Lee met at the National Gallery of Art to discuss the formation of such a national organization; this meeting was followed by a larger gathering on April 15, 1947, attended by representatives from a number of art and historical societies, which culminated in the creation of the National Council for Historic Sites and Buildings. The meeting’s attendants became the first charter members of the Council; the organization’s first headquarters was in the offices of Ford’s Theatre in downtown Washington, D. C; the Council pursued the formation of a National Trust for Historic Preservation, somewhat modeled on the British National Trust, which would be tasked with the acquisition and maintenance of historic properties.
The creation of the National Trust was proposed as a bill to Congress, H. R. 5170, introduced by Congressman J. Hardin Peterson of Florida and passed; the National Trust for Historic Preservation was formally established through the Act of Congress when President Harry S. Truman signed the legislation on October 26, 1949; the charter provided that the Trust should acquire and preserve historic sites and objects of national significance and provide annual reports to Congress on its activities. Finley served as the National Trust's first chairman of the board, remaining in the position for 12 years; the National Trust and the National Council existed side by side for several years until the need to merge resources compelled the Executive Committee to integrate the two entities. In 1952, the boards of both organizations approved a merger of the Council into the National Trust; the merger was effective the following year and was completed by 1956. The National Trust became a membership organization and assumed all other functions of the National Council.
In its early years, the National Trust’s founders envisioned an organization whose primary purpose would be the acquisition and administration of historic sites, while encouraging public participation in their preservation. In 1957, the National Trust acquired its first property, Woodlawn Plantation in northern Virginia. Since, the National Trust portfolio of historic properties and contracted affiliates include twenty-seven historic sites, ranging from the 18th-century Drayton Hall in South Carolina to the Modernist Glass House in Connecticut. Over the next decade, the National Trust grew to become the leading national organization in historic preservation, they began working with citizens and city planning officials on legislative matters, including federal and municipal ordinances for historic preservation. National Trust staff traveled to parts of the country to advise local communities on preservation projects. In 1966, Congress passed the National Historic Preservation Act, a significant legislation for the preservation movement.
The Act provided federal funding in support of the National Trust’s work. The fundi
UCLA School of Law
The UCLA School of Law referred to as UCLA Law, is one of 12 professional schools at the University of California, Los Angeles. UCLA Law has been ranked by U. S. News & World Report as one of the top 20 law schools in the United States since the late 1990s, its 17,000 alumni include more judges on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit than any other law school, as well as leaders in private law practice, government service, the judiciary and entertainment law, public interest law; as part of a renowned public university, the school's mission is to provide an excellent legal education while expanding access to the legal professional to those who otherwise would not be able to pursue a legal degree. The dean of the school is Jennifer L. Mnookin. An evidence scholar who joined the UCLA Law faculty in 2005 and became the school's ninth dean, third female dean, in 2015. Founded in 1949, the UCLA School of Law is the third oldest of the five law schools within the University of California system.
In the 1930s, initial efforts to establish a law school at UCLA went nowhere as a result of resistance from UC President Robert Gordon Sproul, because UCLA's supporters refocused their efforts on first adding medical and engineering schools. During the mid-1940s, the impetus for the creation of the UCLA School of Law emerged from outside of the UCLA community. Assemblyman William Rosenthal of Boyle Heights conceived of and fought for the creation of the first public law school in Southern California as a convenient and affordable alternative to the expensive private law school at USC. Rosenthal's first attempt in 1945 failed, but his second attempt was able to gain momentum when the State Bar of California and the UCLA Alumni Association announced their support for the bill. On July 18, 1947, Governor Earl Warren authorized the appropriation of $1 million for the construction of a new law school at UCLA by signing Assembly Bill 1361 into state law; the search for the law school's first dean delayed its opening by a year.
UCLA's Law School Planning Committee prioritized merit, while the then-conservative Regents of the University of California prioritized political beliefs. Another factor was a simultaneous deanship vacancy at Berkeley Law. Near the end of 1948, the Committee identified a sufficiently conservative candidate willing to take the job: L. Dale Coffman the dean of Vanderbilt University Law School; the Regents believed Coffman would help bring balance to the UCLA campus, which they saw as overrun by Communists. Dean Coffman was able to recruit several distinguished faculty to UCLA, including Roscoe Pound, Brainerd Currie, Rollin M. Perkins, Harold Verrall. To build a law library, he hired Thomas S. Dabagh the law librarian of the Los Angeles County Law Library; the UCLA School of Law opened in September 1949 in temporary quarters in former military barracks behind Royce Hall, moved into a permanent home upon the completion of the original Law Building in 1951. Coffman's deanship did not end well, due to his vindictive and prejudiced personality.
One sign of early trouble was when he drove out Dabagh in 1952 after they could not bridge their fundamental differences over how to run the law library, regarded around the UCLA community as contributing to Dabagh's early death in 1959. On September 21, 1955, the faculty revolted in the form of a memorandum to Chancellor Raymond B. Allen alleging that Coffman was categorically refusing to hire Jews or anyone he perceived to be leftist, that the school's reputation was deteriorating because Coffman's abrasive personality had led to excessive faculty turnover. On May 24, 1956, Coffman was stripped of his deanship after a lengthy investigation by a panel of deans of his biases and his "dictatorial and autocratic" management style, he remained on the faculty until his forced retirement in 1973, but continued to face allegations as late as 1971 that he was "an unreconstructed McCarthyite and pro-segregationist."Coffman's successor was Richard C. Maxwell, who served as the second dean of UCLA Law from 1958 to 1969.
Dean Maxwell "presided over happier, more harmonious years of institutional growth," and it was under his deanship that UCLA became "the youngest top-ranked law school in the country." Dabagh's successor, Louis Piacenza, was able to grow the law school's library collection to 143,000 volumes by May 1963, which at that time was the 14th largest law school library in the United States. By 1963, the law school had 600 students in a building designed for 550, the Law Building's deficiencies had become all too evident, such as a complete lack of air conditioning. In October 1963, the law school administration announced a major remodeling and expansion project, which added air conditioning and a new wing to the building. During the 1960s, the law school grew so that the new wing was insufficient upon its completion in January 1967. From its founding to the end of the 20th century, UCLA Law struggled with severe overcrowding, as librarians, staff, as many as 18 student organizations—at one point, more than any other law school in the United States—competed for limited space in the Law Building for books, classes and offices.
After four grueling years of construction, the chronic space shortage was relieved by the completion of the new Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library on January 22, 2000. UCLA Law has 950 students in its Juris Doctor program and 200 students in its Masters of Law program, popular among foreign students intending to take the California Bar Exam, it offers a Doctor of Juridical Science program for students who hav
UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science
The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, informally known as UCLA Engineering, is the school of engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. It opened as the College of Engineering in 1945, was renamed the School of Engineering in 1969. Since its initial enrollment of 379 students, the school has grown to 6,100 students; the school is ranked 16th among all engineering schools in the United States. The school offers 28 degree programs and is home to eight externally funded interdisciplinary research centers, including those in space exploration, wireless sensor systems, nanotechnology; the school was renamed for its alumnus and professor Henry Samueli, who received his B. S. M. S. and Ph. D in Electrical Engineering there. Samueli is co-founder and chief technology officer of Broadcom Corporation and a philanthropist in the Orange County community, he and his wife Susan donated $30 million to the school in 1999. It was at UCLA that Dr. Henry Nicholas and Dr. Henry Samueli met and formed Broadcom.
The main building is Boelter Hall, named after Llewellyn M. K. Boelter, a Mechanical Engineering professor at UC Berkeley who became the first Dean of the school, he "often took an active role in the lives of the school's students, his approach to engineering impacted many of their careers," according to the school. He was succeeded by Chauncey Starr, a pioneer in nuclear power development. HSSEAS is housed in two other buildings: Engineering IV, Engineering V, which houses the Department of Bioengineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Engineering I was demolished in August 2011, to be replaced by Engineering VI, which will house the Western Institute of Nanotechnology on Green Engineering and Metrology in 2014; the ground breaking ceremony for Engineering VI building was held October 26, 2012 with Congressman Henry A. Waxman and Henry Samueli. On March 19, 2015, Engineering VI phase I was dedicated and phase II broke ground with the help of James L. Easton, class of'59 alumnus.
The school is credited as the birthplace of the Internet, where the first message was sent to a computer at Stanford University on October 29, 1969 by Professor Leonard Kleinrock and his research team at UCLA. On September 29, 2008, President George W. Bush presented the 2007 National Medal of Science to Kleinrock for "his fundamental contributions to the mathematical theory of modern data networks, for the functional specification of packet switching, the foundation of Internet technology, his mentoring of generations of students has led to the commercialization of technologies that have transformed the world." Room 3420 at Boelter Hall, where the first message was sent, has been converted into The Kleinrock Internet Heritage Site and Archive. UCLA conferred its first Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering in 1947, its first Master of Science degree in 1948, its first Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1950. Annual Engineering commencement ceremonies are held in June at Pauley Pavilion. HSSEAS has seven departments and one interdepartmental program, which are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
The school offers the following degrees: Online M. S. Degree Graduate Certificate of Specialization For Fall 2015, UCLA Engineering received 21,328 freshman applications and admitted 2,915 for an admission rate of 13.7%. Admitted students had a median weighted grade point average of 4.5 and a median SAT score of 2190. The breakdown of SAT scores by subject is as follows: Median SAT Mathematics II score: 790For Fall 2018, UCLA Engineering received 26,195 freshman applications and admitted 2,987 for an admission rate of 11.4%. Admitted students had a median unweighted grade point average of 4.00, a median weighted GPA of 4.59, a median SAT score of 1540. Graduate Enrollment: 2,237 M. S. Students: 1,204 Ph. D. Students: 1,033Total HSSEAS Enrollment: 6,161 Winners of the UCLA Engineering Alumni of the Year award Other notable alumniAllen Adham ’90: co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment Michael Morhaime ’90: co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment Frank Pearce ’90: co-founder of Blizzard Entertainment James Collins ’50: founder of Sizzler Chris “Jesus” Ferguson ’86, Ph.
D. ’99: professional poker player Klein Gilhousen ’69: co-inventor of CDMA technology and co-founder of Qualcomm Blake Krikorian ’90: founder of Sling Media K. Megan McArthur, ’93: NASA astronaut James D. Plummer ’66, M. S. ’67, Ph. D. ’71: Dean of Stanford University School of Engineering Llewellyn M. K. Boelter, 1944-1965 Chauncey Starr, 1967-1973 Russell R. O'Neill, 1974-1983 George L. Turin, 1983-1986 A. R. Frank Wazzan, 1986-2001 Vijay K. Dhir, 2003 - 2015 Jayathi Murthy 2016 - present Faculty members: 164National Academy of Engineering members: 28Faculty distinctions: History of the Internet University of California, Los Angeles UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science KIHC – The Kleinrock Internet History Center at UCLA Enrollment and Degree Statistics Samueli's biography at the UCLA Department of Electrical Engineering The Samueli Foundation The first Internet connection, with UCLA's Leonard Kleinrock on YouTube
Milken Community Schools
Milken Community Schools, colloquially Milken, is a private Jewish high school and middle school. It is located on Mulholland Drive in the Bel-Air area of California, it is one of the largest Jewish day schools in the United States. Long affiliated with Stephen S. Wise Temple, a Reform congregation, the school is non-denominational, became independent from the temple in July 2012. Despite the separation, Milken Community Schools continues to be the school in which many Stephen S. Wise students attend; as of 1998 it was the largest non-Orthodox Jewish high school in the United States. As of 1994 it was the only Reform Judaism high school in the United States and was a part of the only K-12 Jewish education program west of Chicago, not a part of Orthodox Judaism; the school began in Van Nuys in 1984 as the Golda Meir School, was renamed the Einstein Academy. When the school became affiliated with Stephen S. Wise Temple, it was renamed Stephen S. Wise High School. After a large donation from Lowell and Michael Milken's Milken Family Foundation the school reported to be the "largest non-Orthodox Jewish high school in the country", was named Milken Community High School.
At the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, the school was renamed to Milken Community Schools, with the intention of creating a name that encompassed both the middle school and the high school. The Upper School was held in temporary trailers, on the lot where the new Middle School now stands, from 1994 to 1998 until the current Upper School campus was opened in 1998; this campus had a cost of $30 million. Until the Middle School campus was completed in 2009, the Middle School occupied temporary trailers on the parking lot of the Bel Air Presbyterian Church from 1981 to 2008; the Middle School and Upper School have had the same name, yet after the completion of the new Middle School campus in 2009, the Middle School was renamed the David and Hillevi Saperstein Middle School of Milken Community High School after a subsequent donation from David and Hillevi Saperstein, while the Upper School remained the Milken Community High School. On March 25, 2011, Milken Community High School and Stephen S. Wise Temple announced that the school would become independent from the temple, effective July 1, 2012.
The Guerin Family Institute for Advanced Sciences, which opened in the fall of 2016, houses the Los Angeles areas only MIT-Inspired Fab Lab, joining a global network of Fab Labs spanning the world. Students have access to state-of-the-art equipment and complex professional grade industrial tools to help fabricate their ideas into reality. All students are required to take four years of Hebrew. Four years of Jewish studies are required, offered at college-preparatory and high honors levels. Spiritual Practice takes place once a week, with varied options such as traditional-egalitarian minyan, meditation, doubters' minyan, others. An optional daily morning minyan is offered. Through the Advanced Jewish Studies Center, numerous Judaic electives are offered, including comparative religion, intensive Talmud study, comparative film, others; the Kivun program, in which guest speakers lecture students on topics relating to Judaism, is offered most Fridays during oneg. In partnership with the Alexander Muss Institute for Israel Education, MCHS offers an opportunity for students to learn and live in Israel for the Spring semester of the 10th grade.
Through a full academic program, schedule of tiyyulim, personalized Chuggim and partnership with Israeli teens, Tiferet Israel Fellows learn inside and outside of the classroom and build relationships with the land and people of Israel. The semester abroad is followed by two years of additional programming; the junior year focuses on public presentation skills, training fellows how to best advocate for the State of Israel. The senior year concludes with an intensive seminar based at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, examining Israeli cultural and political issues; the FIRST Robotics Competition team, The MilkenKnights, was a finalist at the Los Angeles Regional in 2012 and the Orange County Regional in 2016. They have won several awards including two Dean's List Finalist Awards. In 2010, the team became one of the first American robotics teams to compete in the Israeli FIRST robotics regional; the school has won at least one Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Award for every year that the competition has been running.
The track team, after expanding to over 60 team members in 2008, won the league champions for the third consecutive year. The Milken basketball team has one CIF SS Championship. In fall 2011, after the previous year held an undefeated season and championship for the Wildcats' flag football team, Milken began to play tackle football in the Heritage League, they play their games on Thursday nights instead of the traditional Friday night because the latter is the Jewish Sabbath. Benjamin Benditson, Los Angeles Galaxy Amir Blumenfeld, comedian Skyler Gisondo, actor Max Borenstein, screenwriter Asher Vollmer, game designer and creator of the Apple Design Award winner Threes! Featured in the 2015 Forbes' "30 under 30" list. History of the Jews in Los Angeles Milken Community High School