Downtown Magnets High School

Downtown Magnets High School (also known as Downtown Business Magnet, DBM, or DMHS) is a magnet high school located in the downtown area of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).

Downtown Magnets High School
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1081 West Temple Street


Coordinates34°03′47″N 118°15′01″W / 34.062956°N 118.250412°W / 34.062956; -118.250412Coordinates: 34°03′47″N 118°15′01″W / 34.062956°N 118.250412°W / 34.062956; -118.250412
TypeMagnet, Public
School districtLAUSD
PrincipalSarah Usmani[1]
Staff47.33 (FTE)[2]
Enrollment1,035 (2017-18)[2]
Student to teacher ratio21.87[2]
Athletics conferenceCIF Los Angeles City Section
AccreditationWASC,[3] IBO[4]

The school houses three magnets: Business (DBM), Fashion (FCC), and Electronic Information (EIM). The three magnets combined hold a total student population of approximately 1,000 students.


The school was founded in 1981 with a specialization in business training. The school was named Downtown Business Magnet High School and was constructed near the Four-Level Interchange on the site of the defunct Custer Middle School. The school's first class consisted of 55 sophomores from different neighborhoods around LAUSD. By 1994, FCC & EIM were formed.

Downtown Business Magnet (DBM)Edit

The Downtown Business Magnet (DBM) was the first magnet at Downtown and is the largest, with approximately 45% of the school's population. The curriculum includes Accounting, Business Organization, Corporate Management, Sales, Entrepreneurship, careers, international relations, and the use of technology in business.

The Business Magnet has been adopted by Citibank, CIT Group, and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

Fashion Careers Center (FCC)Edit

The FCC magnet was established in 1991 to educate students on the design and fabrication of general clothing apparel.

The FCC Magnet has established partnerships with the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Woodbury University, L.A. Trade Tech, and the California Market Center.[citation needed]

Electronic Information Magnet (EIM)Edit

EIM (est. 1994) has the second largest student population out of the three magnets and includes studies in Computer Science, Computer Programming and Web Design. This most recent addition to DMHS began in collaboration with several local business leaders, LAUSD Board Members, and the Los Angeles Central Library.

EIM is home to the Academy of Information Technology (AOIT), (similar to Business' Academy of Finance), which is also a part of the National Academy Organization.

Currently, EIM holds a constant collaboration with the Los Angeles Central Library. Both DMHS and the Central Library are used as instruction sites. In addition to the Central Library, EIM shares a partnership with Los Angeles City College (LACC).

Grings College CenterEdit

For over 23 years, Carol Grings devoted her efforts to the Downtown Magnets College Center and other school programs.[5] When she died in 2005, the College Center was renamed the Grings College Center in her honor.

Academic Performance Index (API)Edit

The Academic Performance Index (API) measures the academic progress of schools across the state of California. Since the 2007-2008 school year, Downtown Magnets has placed number one in Local District 4 thanks to the continual growth of its API. Its scores are as follows:

Year 2012 2011 2009 2008 2007 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999
API 826 807 746 736 690 655 645 616 606 601 593 595

The aforementioned data is provided by the California Department of Education. [6]


Advanced Placement (AP) CoursesEdit

Downtown Magnets offers a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. For the 2010-2011 school year, they include:

International BaccalaureateEdit

Since the 2014-15 academic year, Downtown Magnets has offered the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Eleven subjects are offered.[4]


  1. ^ "Principles Message". Downtown Magnets High School LAUSD. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Downtown Business High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  3. ^ "Accrediting Commission for Schools: Directory of schools 2014-2015" (PDF). Western Association of Schools and Colleges. July 2014.
  4. ^ a b "IBO: Downtown Magnets High School". International Baccalaureate Organisation.
  5. ^ "Downtown Magnets High School". Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
  6. ^ "Academic Performance Index (API) Report - Select Final Report Parameters". Retrieved 16 April 2011.

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