In honor of one of the most famous icons who has ever lived in the city, Glendale High School will change the name of its auditorium to the John Wayne Performing Arts Center, after the legendary actor who is not otherwise recognized in the city where he came of age.
Before he took on his stage name, Marion Morrison attended what was then Glendale’s only high school, then called Glendale Union High School.
The future western film star played on the school’s football team, served as class president during his senior year and acted in school productions before graduating in 1925.
Glendale Unified officials announced this week they have received permission from John Wayne Enterprises to use the actor’s name for the school’s performing arts center.
“This is something we’ve been talking about for years,” said Glendale school board member Greg Krikorian.
The idea was first proposed by a Glendale High student several years ago, and kicked into gear recently by educators who sought permission to use Wayne’s name.