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King Drew Magnet-(KDM) A School of HOPE

Leading By Example:

Honoring New Orleans this past weekend, created a ground swell of inspirational feedback from our viewers, and we are thankful for all of you.  But as we responded back, we reminded you that the real heroes were those survivors, and those New Orleans residents who have never left the battle field to bring New Orleans back.  With such state wide destruction that has since been converted into heroic stories like Marine John Keller's ,
we have been inspired by the Katrina story to dig deeper, to bring to you stories of HOPE. Today’s OGTV's Feature story of HOPE is our presentation of and congratulations to, King Drew Magnet School. (A favorite acronym for me (KDM).    It is our commitment to work with schools of Excellence around the nation like KDM who lead by example.  Let’s develop A Team Approach to Engage, Educate, and Empower.  Keith D. Moore, OGTV Founder.

In 2005, Richard "Richie" Black, the assistant vice chancellor for admissions and enrollment of the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), stated that of all high schools, King Drew had the second highest combined number of Black and Latino/Chicano students accepted by his school. As of 2005, the school, out of all high schools in the United States, habitually has the highest number of black students going to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As of that year, five University of California campuses, including UCLA, accepted students at King Drew. In addition, Cornell UniversityDuke UniversityHarvard UniversityPrinceton University, and Stanford University accepted King Drew students. In 2005 there were 20 King/Drew students accepted to UCLA. 12 of them were Latino and 8 were Black.  As of 2005 the school requires all students to adhere to the course loads, including four years of mathematics, two years of a foreign language, and two years of science, required by the University of California, Los Angeles and California State University, Los Angeles.

KDM Vision

Through a learning community focused on medicine and science, King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science will develop students who achieve their highest academic, career and personal potential.

 KDM Mission Statement

We engage our students in a rigorous program of academic study beginning with an emphasis on medicine and science.  Students develop essential skills in critical thinking, scientific inquiry, effective communication, technology, and personal growth—forging multiple paths to success in a dynamic 21st century world.


Dr. J. Michelle Woods

A Letter From The Principal

Dear Students, 


Dear Students

King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science has gained a well-deserved reputation from the community as a result of hard work, and dedication of students, staff and parents.  As a King/Drew student, you are the beneficiary of this reputation and if you take advantage of the opportunities, you will receive a quality education from caring, intelligent people. Many of those have given their blood, sweat, and tears to make sure you are here at this place and time.”  I hope you share my enthusiasm by upholding the integrity of King/Drew Magnet High school, by setting your goals high and realize that nothing is impossible once you have determination and perseverance. 

King/Drew students, let’s astound ourselves to become the effective critical thinking goal setters determined to lead the 21st century as conscientious leaders and responsible citizens.  Become proactive in your academic career.  Do not wait until it is too late before you get your necessary supplies together, A0G requirements, four-year plans and recommendations.   Whatever goals you seek to achieve, do your best.  Know your academic path to success.  Take ownership of your decisions, and accept the consequences.  Remember, you are the conductor of your destiny.  

Sincerely,  Dr. J. Michelle Woods, Principal

King Drew Magnet School

In 2005 J. Michelle Woods, the principal, stated that problems at the King Drew hospital caused damage to the perception of the high school.[2] According to Mitchell Landsberg of the Los Angeles Times, the administrators and students at the school stated that the problems at the university and medical center did not affect them.  The school opened in bungalows across the street from the Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center and adjacent to the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in 1982.  In 1999 it moved to a standalone campus adjacent to the original bungalows.On September 14, 2007, Hillary Clinton made a special appearance at King Drew Magnet High School. In 2008 and 2009 U.S. News & World Report ranked King Drew Magnet High School as a Silver Medal Winner amongst America's Best High Schools.

OGTV thanks KDM School, and source information from Wikipedia for its contribution to the content of today’s OGTV Feature story.  The students at King/Drew Magnet High School in Los Angeles, California, are reaching new heights because of the high standards set by teachers. In one of the most economically challenged areas of the country, teachers are engaging their students through creative, meaningful work to prepare them for college and careers. Student not only graduate in high numbers, fully 90% of those who graduate are going on to college, including many of the country’s top schools. 

OGTV looks forward to working with KDM. Meanwhile, Keep it Locked @

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