Las Vegas Academy

The Las Vegas Academy of the Arts is a magnet high school located in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. Students are accepted through an audition process and claim a major pertaining to performing arts or visual arts.

Las Vegas Academy of the Arts
Originally built as Las Vegas High School
315 South 7th Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101

United States
School typeMagnet High School
MottoFrom Excellence to Eminence [1]
School districtClark County School District
PrincipalScott Walker
Staff72.00 (FTE)[2]
Enrollment1,722 (2018-19)[2]
Student to teacher ratio23.92[2]
School colour(s)Teal and Silver
MascotMr. Campbell, Chad the Pigeon, Matthew Gray Gubler


Las Vegas High SchoolEdit

The Las Vegas Academy's campus is located on the site of the first high school in Las Vegas. The school uses two of the buildings which were constructed in 1930 and opened in the fall of 1931. Las Vegas High School was the first high school in Las Vegas but caused controversy at the time for its location being too far from where people lived (which has changed as the city grew around the school). The school originally had three buildings: the tri-level Main building on the corner of 7th St. and Bridger Ave., the Gymnasium, and a third building which housed manual arts (shop classes) and in later years government classes. It was torn down in 1969. The two remaining buildings are listed as the Las Vegas High School Academic Building and Gymnasium on the National Register of Historic Places, representing the best of the art-deco architecture of the 1930s. The school's outer appearance has been maintained but the interior has been changed since its original construction.

Las Vegas AcademyEdit

In 1992, plans for a magnet school for the arts were announced, and on August 23, 1993, Las Vegas High School was re-opened as the Las Vegas Academy for International Studies and Performing Arts (Visual Arts was added the following year) by founding principal Bob Gerye. Starting with only 735 students, the student body has since grown to an excess of 1700 students attending the school pursuing majors in the language, performing and visual arts. (The CCSD Board of Trustees officially changed the school name in November 2014.) Las Vegas Academy has been honored by the U.S. Department of Education as both a New American High School[3] and a Blue Ribbon School.[4] The Arts Schools Network (ASN) awarded LVA the Outstanding Arts School 2013-2014 and Exemplary Arts School status for 2014-2016.

Theatrical venuesEdit

The Las Vegas Academy Lowden Theatre for the Performing Arts after the 2007-2008 renovation
  • Academy Theatre Black Box
  • LVA Performing Arts Center
  • Las Vegas Academy Lowden Theater for the Performing Arts[5]

Notable alumni in entertainmentEdit


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  3. ^ "New American High Schools". U.S. Department of Education. Archived from the original on 13 June 2001. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Archived: Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Schools Recognized 1999-2002" (PDF). U.S. Department of Education. Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 June 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Academy Theatre History". Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  6. ^ Cling, Carol (12 January 2007). "Ne-Yo's talent spans from Vegas to the 'Yard': Grammy-nominated singer makes his big-screen acting debut today". Las Vegas Review Journal. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  7. ^ "Profiling 'Criminal Minds' Actor Matthew Gray Gubler". 2010-01-01. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
  8. ^ Rilling, Deanna (31 October 2009). ""True Blood's" Rutina Wesley comes home". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  9. ^ Padgett, Sonya (16 April 2007). "Dancing her way to fame". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved 8 July 2011.
  10. ^ Rilling, Deanna (9 December 2009). "Challenging expectations through dance (and frozen peas)". Las Vegas Weekly. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Baron Vaughnm". Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  12. ^ "Leeds College of Music - News". Archived from the original on 2016-04-27. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Las Vegas Theatre Roundup". Retrieved 7 October 2017.
  14. ^ "So You Think You Can Dance (American season 16)", Wikipedia, 2019-10-14, retrieved 2019-10-27

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Coordinates: 36°9′50″N 115°8′21″W / 36.16389°N 115.13917°W / 36.16389; -115.13917