Mr. and Mrs. Walter Karabian strengthened their long association with the TCA-Arshag Dickranian Armenian School by recently pledging to raise their total contribution to $450,000 towards the $3.4 million expansion of the campus.
The Karabians–who have already donated $370,000 of their pledge–have been instrumental in helping the Board of Trustees acquire properties next to the school to expand the campus.
In appreciation of their generosity and continued support–the school Board of Trustees has decided to name the new hall "Karabian Hall."
When completed–the new structure will more than double the school area to accommodate nearly 500 students. The additions will include a large hall with a stage and kitchen facilities–ten new classrooms and laboratories–and a playground and athletic courts on the field above a subterranean parking structure.
"I am delighted that our fifth grade daughter Madeline Araxie will enjoy the benefits of the new facilities by the time she reaches her middle school years," said Laurel Karabian–daughter of the school’s founders Arshag and Eleanor Dickranian.
Son Benjamin Karabian attended the Dickranian School from kindergarten until high school. Now a law student at USC–he received a certificate from the school for completing four years of Armenian language–history and literature classes while attending Loyola High School.
Founded in 1981 with only 45 students–the school grew to attain full accreditation several years ago for its excellent curriculum. Dickranian’s students have consistently won gold and silver medals at Los Angeles County and State Science Fairs–and at the annual Science Olympiad of the Armenian Engineers and Scientists of America. Of the 166 high school graduates of the Dickranian School–94% have attended college or university–many becoming lawyers–doctors–engineers–and leaders in the Armenian community.
TCA-Arshag Dickranian School is a non-profit institution–and donations are tax-deductible pursuant to Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.