State of the Arts
Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School
January 10, 2022
create. inspire. unify. educate.
Dr. Edward A. Trimis, Principal
Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School is a student-centered, creative learning community that engages students intellectually and artistically, instilling responsible citizenship and academic rigor for college and career preparedness.

create. inspire. unify. educate.
Principal's Message
It is hard to believe that I am well into my 6th year as the proud principal at Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School as we celebrate our 10th year as a school! Legacy VAPA really is like fine wine, we keep getting better as we age. This year alone, we recruited many new faculty members and were able to add a second Spanish teacher, a second music teacher, and a second art teacher! While keeping our wonderful programs going such as Writing for Musicals, Debate Club, and ACADECA, we added the new California Cadet Corps program and are partnering with the Harmony Project bringing additional opportunities for music instruction to the young people of South Gate! The 10th Anniversary Gala on April 29, 2022, will feature original faculty members, alumni speakers and performers, and LAUSD VIP presenters. It will be an affair ot to be missed! Be sure to go to for more information. Thank you to Ms. Ashley Atilano, our wonderful AP English/ELA teacher and Yearbook sponsor for pulling together "State of the Arts" on her vacation.
#vapasmart #artsmart
          -Dr. Edward Trimis, Principal
Legacy VAPA X
VAPA Horizons: Into the Future
Happy Holidays from VAPA!
Check our new video to Celebrate VAPA Legacy Horizons: Into the Future 2021
Second Semester Begins Jan. 11th (Tuesday) + Baseline COVID-19 Test Requirement
In order to best prepare for school reopening as COVID-19 cases rise due to the Omicron variant, the first day of the spring semester will now be January 11th, 2022 (Tuesday). As well, all LAUSD students and employees, regardless of vaccination status, must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to return to campus. For information on testing centers and to make a COVID-19 test appointment at a Los Angeles Unified site, please visit or call the Family Help Desk at (213) 443-1300. While appointments are encouraged, no appointment is needed for Los Angeles Unified COVID-19 tests. For a link of operating hours by testing site, please visit There is also a testing site at Legacy International HS 8 AM to 4 PM on Jan. 6-8 and 10th. Walk-ins are welcome. Families may also submit an external PCR, antigen, or at-home test. However, if you choose to do so please submit the results onto the student's Daily Pass no later than Jan. 9th, 2022 (Sun). For more information on COVID-19 policies for Spring 2022 please visit
Let's look back at our Fall 2021 Semester...
Summer Bridge Program
Before the start of the school year, we held our Legacy VAPA Summer Bridge program Aug. 9-12! Students from the Class of 2025 had the chance to learn about instruments, acting, and leadership. A big thank you to VAPA Arts Faculty, Juan Cuevas and Stacie Craig who led the program. You can find more images from the day here.
Congratulations to all of our Tiger athletes for each of their seasons so far this school year!
Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19
Vaccinations are an essential part of protection against COVID-19, especially as the Omicron variant spreads. LAUSD is requiring students 12 and older who attend school in-person to be in compliance with the vaccine requirement by the start of the Fall 2022 semester, unless the student has an approved medical exemption or qualifies for conditional admissions. For more information or to schedule a vaccine appointment please visit
Vaccine Incentive Day
Congrats to all the students who won vaccine incentive prizes on 12/18! All students awarded prizes are fully vaccinated. There will be another drawing in March. Prizes included a Nintendo Switch, Apple AirPods, Electric Scooters, Drones, and more!
VAPA Week One
5th Year of ACE Program!
In September, our 9th graders had the opportunity to participate in the ACE Program for the 5th year in a row. The ACE Program provides opportunities for students to grow as leaders and social-emotionally. Thank you to Educare and our facilitators!
ACE will be returning in March for the Class of 2024!
2021-22 Yearbook Now On-Sale
Our Yearbook class is documenting this historic and memorable year. Make sure to purchase your yearbook today for $65 at the student store. Cash only.
We are super excited to bring the TV News back to VAPA! Tiger TV was started when VAPA and STEAM started in 2012. We thank Mr. Tenny and his students for their work and honor the late, great Nick Adolfo, founder of the video program and Tiger TV at Legacy. Make sure to catch each episode of VAPA News from this past semester!
Suicide Prevention
Thank you to our team that worked on suicide prevention awareness in September at Legacy VAPA including Dr. Lara, Ms. Ruvalcaba, Ms. M. Barragan, Ms. Solis, Ms. Brown, and their team.
VAPA Class of 2022 | Senior Crown Day
VAPA Class of 2022 | Senior Sunrise
Halloween 2021
Legacy VAPA welcomed several new faculty and staff members this year. Many are featured on our social media platforms and all are featured on our updated website.
Dia de los Muertos
VAPA Goes to Hamilton
Legacy VAPA musical theatre students attended an awesome performance tonight of Hamilton at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre! Thank you to the amazing cast and crew and to our VAPA chaperones who attended the event with our students!
November 2021 Application Fest
Congrats to all of seniors preparing for their life after VAPA. In November, we held our "App Fest" where many seniors completed their College and FAFSA applications. Thank you to Ms. Solis, Ms. Brown, Ms. Barragan, and their team who facilitated the event!
Save the Date for Frozen Jr.
Gratitude: VAPA Gives Thanks
Extra Mile Awards
In November, faculty took the time to select three students from their classes to recognize for going the extra mile. As well, faculty had the opportunity to recognize their colleagues at VAPA for the phenomenal job they have been doing this school year.
Winterfest 2021
Congrats to the Legacy VAPA performers and their directors who produced Winterfest 2021, the first live Winterfest since 2019! The hundreds of performers (yes, hundreds) performed in multiple groups, singing, playing, acting, and dancing, over the three night event (12/3, 12/9, and 12/10). We are super proud of all of the performers and thankful for all the work that directors spent preparing them for the event! (Mr. Cuevas-instrumental music groups, Ms. Espinoza-vocal music/musical theatre/beg. band, Mr. Sanna-Pickett and Andrea-dance groups, Ms. Craig-musical theatre). Thanks also to Mr. Giron (tech) and Mr. Tenny’s Video Production team.
The Huntington Park Christmas Parade
Congrats, Legacy Marching Band and Color Guard, performing in their first parade in almost 2 years in Lynwood on Dec. 10! The Huntington Park Christmas Parade was on Dec. 11! Special thanks and congratulations to Director Juan Cuevas, colorguard Director Andy Olvera, and their team. Both Cuevas and Olvera are alumni of HPHS, studying music with VAPA principal, Dr. Trimis!
Parent Request System
New parent/family request forms are here! You may also call the VAPA hotline at 323-596-7531 and leave a message (or text).
2021-22 Leader in Me
Student Lighthouse Team
Congrats to our 2021-22 Leader in Me Student Lighthouse Team. The team works on WIGS (wildly important goals) throughout the year to improve our school while developing leadership skills!
New Signage at VAPA
ISLC Legacy HS started it. STEAM Legacy HS ended it. Legacy VAPA got in the middle of it. Congrats to all of the Legacy schools for their wonderful signage on their buildings! Much of the work was done by Boss Graphics, thanks!
VAPA also was able to replace a few of the original banners with upgrades featuring VAPA students, artwork, and our 10th Anniversary announcement!
Staff Luncheon
Our VAPA staff and faculty celebrated the end of the semester with a luncheon. As well, a number of staff members performed for their colleagues! Welcome these new staff: Brenda Barragan (Assistant Principal), Ariel Legaspi (TSP Coordinator), Gorety Brown (Counselor), Joana Paz (PSW), Denise Ornelas (Specialized Student Services Counselor), Maricruz Ruvalcaba (School Climate Advocate), Sophia Ly (Art), Yvonne Sun (Math), Lisette Pompa (Math), Cora Prado (Spanish), Diana Hernandez (Biology), Valerie Espinoza (Music-Spring), Angelina Haro (RSP Teacher), Norene FLowers (TA), Gustavo Giron (TA), Maria Hernandez (TA), Melanie Cardona (Campus Aide), and Erik Galvez (Campus Aide).
Brenda Barragan (BA, MA), Assistant Principal, taught for eleven years in Social Science-History before becoming an administrator. Her last 7 years of teaching, Barragan also served as leadership advisor. She was Magnet and Testing Coordinator at Southeast High School and successfully led the transition from Tech and Media Magnet to S.T.E.A.M. Magnet. Brenda was the first in her family to attend college and earned a BA from the University of California, Irvine, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Southern California.
Ariel Legaspi (BA, MA), TSP/EL Coordinator, taught msic for 15 years prior to serving the Legacy VAPA community. Mr. Legaspi is responsible for the Title One/TSP and English Learner program in addition to the Smarter Balanced Assessments, New Teacher program, and co-leads the Professional Development program at Legacy VAPA.
Toy Drive
A big thank you to our friends and families, students, and other spectators who attended Winterfest this year and donated toys! Principal Trimis delivered the toys from Legacy VAPA to South Gate PD for their toy drive the last week of school!
Winter Door Decorating Contest
Caroling 2021
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The 2021 Caroling Tour is now in the books! For another year, Legacy VAPA has gone out into the community singing for thousands. This year, the VAPA performers focused on schools, visiting 9 elementary schools and 1 middle school, all in South Gate, on Dec. 17. The group was well received, performing in hallways and in school yards. Performers included instrumentalists and vocalists directed by Juan Cuevas and Valerie Espinoza. Dr. Trimis organized the trip. This was the 5th year VAPA has done the community caroling. Dr. Trimis has done a similar trip leading groups from different schools across the district, nearly every year, since 1985
Dress Code and Attendance are Updated
It was about time, it took 10 years to revise our dress code and now t's been done. Thank you to our team of students and staff who met multiple times to finalize the changes that were then approved by our Local School Leadership Council. Special thanks to Ms. Barragan and Mr. Legaspi who met with several student focus groups to gather input and make recommendations. Also revised is the Attendance Policy. There were no changes to the Code of Conduct policy. Please note all policies go into effect on Jan. 11 including consequences such as alternative clothing, parent contacts, and progressive discipline and detention.

Updated guidelines can be found here.
Legacy VAPA in our 10th Anniversary Shirts
VAPA Horizons: Into the Future
More VAPA Videos
Did you know there are MANY videos of VAPA events on our YouTube channel (Tiger TV). Check them out!
"Our students are artists, intellectuals, athletes, leaders, college bound. We are VAPA."
Informational Materials at VAPA
Go to our website for more information at On the website all of our social media platforms are also linked (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, PodBean, YouTube).
Legacy VAPA X
VAPA Horizons: Into the Future
Tip Line at VAPA
Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School is excited to offer a service for our students who see or learn about dangerous or concerning issues at VAPA and/or the Legacy High School Complex. Tips are anonymous and will be investigated by VAPA and LAUSD staff as soon as possible after being reported. Though the line accepts calls, texts are more effective. Please note another option is to report any concerns directly to Legacy VAPA teachers and staff by dropping into the office, calling 323-357-7531 or e-mailing Dr. Trimis at

Legacy VAPA Turns 10!
VAPA Horizons: Into the Future
Celebrate with us at our 10-Year Anniversary Gala
on April 29, 2022 at 6 pm!
Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School
Dr. Edward Trimis, Principal
Ms. Brenda Barragan Assistant Principal
Mr. Ariel Legaspi, Coordinator
Ines Melendez, SAA 
Local District East
Mr. Jose Huerta, LDE Superintendent
Mr. Jesus Nunez, Community of Schools Administrator
Ms. Megan K. Reilly, Interim Superintendent
Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School
5225 Tweedy Bl.
South Gate, CA
Upcoming Events
Jan. 17 Dr. Martin L. King Birthday
Jan. 24 VAPA Mural Unveiling/Press Conference
Feb. 21 Presidents' Day
Mar. 28 Cesar E. Chavez Birthday Observed
April 11-15 Spring Break
May 30 Memorial Day Holiday
June 10 Last Day of Instruction
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Enroll at Legacy VAPA!
Enrolling at Legacy Visual and Performing Arts High School is easy! The best way to make your enrollment quick and painless is to call the office at 323-357-7531 and ask for our courteous office staff tp walk you through the process. We have these types of enrollees: Zone of Choice regular students (who live in the South Gate or Bell areas), students who are given permits who live INSIDE LAUSD and students given permits who live OUTSIDE of LAUSD. Call 323-357-7531 for more info.
Legacy Visual and Performing Arts HS:
Preparing students for college, career, and life through the arts.