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LA trustees rename school ‘Carlos Santana Academy’

- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 21, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Guitarist Carlos Santana has earned a long list of accolades in his four-decades-long career, but now he can add a new one _ a Los Angeles school named in his honor.

The LA Unified school board on Tuesday approved the name "Carlos Santana Arts Academy" for what has been called Valley Region Elementary School No. 12 in the San Fernando Valley.

The board says the Mexican-born guitarist is a compelling role model for students both for his longstanding musical achievements and for philanthropy with his Milagro Foundation, which works to provide education and health care for children.

In a letter, Santana thanked the district and said he was deeply honored.

Santana, who grew up in San Francisco, has won many awards, including 10 Grammys and three Latin Grammys.

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