LOS ANGELES (CBS) — City officials will celebrate the ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday for a new $25 million building for the L.A. County High School for the Arts.

The school, which was established in 1985, has never had a dedicated building of its own and has previously held classes on the Cal State L.A. campus.

The new facility will house 21 classrooms, a black box theater, and outdoor stage area and space for assemblies and other school functions.

L.A. County High School for the Arts is a tuition-free public school that combines college preparatory academic courses with conservatory-style training in the visual and performing arts. About 600 students are enrolled through a competitive selection process of juried auditions or portfolio reviews.

Recording artist Josh Groban and actor-singer Corbin Bleu, of “High School Musical” fame, are alumni of L.A. County High School.

County Supervisors Michael Antonovich and Zev Yaroslavsky are expected to join school officials and students today in celebrating the start of the project, slated to be completed in September of next year.

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