In his final day on the Los Angeles City Council, colleagues today designated the intersection of Tracy and St. George streets in front of John Marshall High School in Los Feliz as Tom LaBonge Square for his contributions to his alma mater.
LaBonge helped lead the efforts to save the school’s Gothic main building, which was slated for demolition after the 1971 Sylmar earthquake.
More recently, he worked with the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education and Los Angles County to fund and build the school’s Mike Haynes Stadium & Hugh Boyd Field, which are used for football games and track meets.
The motion by Councilman Mitch O’Farrell to designate the intersection in honor of LaBonge calls the lifelong Angeleno “the biggest booster of all things remarkable about this city.”
LaBonge spent nearly 40 years with the city as a council and mayoral aide and 14 years as a councilman. He is leaving the council because of term limits.
—City News Service
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