LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The Hollywood school where Michael Jackson attended sixth grade is unveiling a new music lab bearing his name.
The Michael Jackson Music Education Lab at Gardner Street Elementary School will be the campus’ new curriculum and interactive music education program, to teach students how to read music, play piano and compose and arrange music.
Jackson was an 11-year-old boy when he attended classes at Gardner during the day. By night, he performed with his family group, “The Jackson Five.”
The school’s auditorium was dedicated to the King of Pop in 1989. At the height of Jackson’s child molestation scandal, boards were placed over the name of Michael Jackson Auditorium.
When Jackson died in 2009, fans called for the boards to be removed. In 2010, school district Superintendent Ramon Cortines directed the cover to be removed “in recognition of Michael Jackson’s musical legacy and contribution to modern culture.”