The New American High School

Last week, seven months after announcing the largest open call in history to rethink and redesign the American high school, RALLY client XQ: The Super School Project launched its multi-city national bus tour at Los Angeles’s Mendez High School.


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At the launch, students, parents, teachers and community members explored The Super School Bus, an interactive experience that invites participants to explore innovative and effective solutions to improve high schools.




Students gave candid input on their expectations and hopes for their school careers, and shared their own ideas about redesigning high school in the bus’s video recording booth.


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Several students from Mendez High School also shared stories from their student-published book about education and social justice issues within their communities.


Community members later enjoyed a pop-up concert featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, who was joined on stage by Mendez’s own mariachi band, as well as an appearance by V Bozeman.


edward sharpe


Nearly 40,000 people have joined the XQ movement, including nearly 10,000 school designers who raised their hands to rethink high school by submitting concepts and applications. Over the next few months, the XQ Bus Tour will travel across the country, stopping in cities and towns along the way before reaching Washington, D.C.


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RALLY has been working with The XQ Super School Project for more than a year, providing strategic communications support. We’re proud to continue supporting this effort as it continues to engage communities across the country to create change from the ground up.