Jordan High School, located in the gang-ridden neighborhood of Watts, California, has historically been known for dropout rates, not for high achievement, TakePart reports. Principal Ronnie Coleman of Green Dot Public Schools and a group of dedicated teachers have set out to change this. Together, they are boosting achievement and showing students that graduating from high school and attending college is within their grasp. While advancements were made inside the classroom, with the help of Green Dot Public Schools, the outside of Jordan High still looked like a barren prison yard. Recently, changemaker Griffin Matthews of Uganda Project, along with a group of dedicated volunteers, local businesses, muralists, and community members stepped in to give the school grounds the ultimate makeover…

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