Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles (Historical Timeline)

The Story of Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles

Our prestigious international school was founded in 1964 by Raymond and Esther Kabbaz.

1964-04-01 00:00:00

Founders

Two career educators Mr. and Mrs. Kabbaz founded Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles in 1964. Both taught at Le Lycée in New York and dreamed of opening their own Lycee on the West Coast.

1964-10-01 00:00:00

Changing the Law

Due to a California law that prohibited teaching in a language other than English, LyceeLA was delayed in opening a year. Mr. and Mrs. Kabbaz hired consultants and attorneys to lobby for a change in the education code. They succeeded in August 1965, paving the way for not only LyceeLA but also for all other multi-lingual schools and programs.

1965-04-01 00:00:00

First Campus

150 South Doheny Drive in Beverly Hills was the site of the first LyceeLA campus. They leased the building from Art Linkletter, a celebrated author and host of the famous show "Kids say the Darndest Things."

1966-04-01 00:00:00

Alma Mater

LyceeLA's alma mater was written and composed by Mark Fleischer - alumni and member of the first graduating class. He also spoke at the 2020 graduation.

1967-01-30 13:37:17

Evening of Ionesco

LyceeLA students performed works by Eugene Ionesco, a French-Romanian playwright who was one of the founders of a style of drama called the Theater of the Absurd. He later visited the LyceeLA students

1967-04-01 00:00:00

Overland - Main Campus

The Kabbaz's purchased what was originally known as the "Porter Sanitarium" and later as the "Southern California Hospital" in 1967. It was transformed it into the Main campus and an opened its doors to students in 1968.

1968-02-12 13:37:58

Pique-Nique a Orly

Fundraising event that took place at the Los Angeles International airport - West Imperial Terminal. It was a gala picnic dinner with entertainment and included an Air France jetliner!

1970-09-01 00:00:00

Pacific Palisades

LyceeLA purchases the campus at 16720 Marquez Avenue in Pacific Palisades.

1973-09-01 20:35:24

Pacific Palisades Campus opens

Palisades campus opened and taught children from kindergarten through 5th grade.

1975-09-22 00:00:00

Palisades opens Nursery Program

The Pacific Palisades expanded its immersion program to include preschool 2.5 yr-5 year olds.

Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles (Historical Timeline)

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