Designed by Paul Williams, a well-renowned African-American architect, Marina del Rey Middle School opened on September 12, 1960. [Note: Our web site highlights the design style, such as the arch on the facade of our gym, used by Williams. For more information on Paul Williams, click www.blackpast.org.]
Our 21-acre campus is located inland from a small-boat harbor in what used to be an agricultural area of West Los Angeles. It has been a traditional junior high school for most of its history. In September 1993, Marina became a middle school with students in grade 6-8. Our feeder elementary schools include: Braddock Drive, Couer d'Alene, Grandview, Playa del Rey, Short, and Stoner Avenue. Most of our students continue their education at Venice High School.
Our name, "Marina del Rey" means "Harbor of the King" in Spanish, reflecting the geography of the area and our multicultural heritage, was recommended by a community committee and approved by the Board of Education. We are located adjacent to La Ballona Creek in what used to be a part of Rancho La Ballona.