Two career educators, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Kabbaz, founded Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles as a dual language, international school in 1964. To put this in historical perspective, in 1964 Lyndon Johnson had just stepped into the shoes of the assassinated John F. Kennedy as the President of the United States, the Beatles performed for the first time in America on the Ed Sullivan show, Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Prize, and Goldfinger with a very young Sean Connery playing James Bond was featured in movie theaters. During this time of social change, the school’s founders saw a tremendous need for a classical institution of learning in California that welcomed all children from all cultures around the world. Due to a law that prohibited teaching in California in a language other than English, the opening of this French school was delayed for a year as Mr. and Mrs. Kabbaz hired consultants and attorneys to lobby for a change in the education code in Sacramento. This historical change in the law not only paved the way for the opening of Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles, but also for many other multilingual, international schools, dual language programs and language immersion.
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