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Carlos Santana Honored; Los Angeles School Named After the Legendary Artist

Nov. 21, 2010: Musician Carlos Santana performs onstage during the 2010 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LiveLos Angeles, Calif.

Nov. 21, 2010: Musician Carlos Santana performs onstage during the 2010 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LiveLos Angeles, Calif.  (2010 Getty Images)

A Los Angeles Elementary school has been named after the legendary guitarist Carlos Santana.

The L.A. 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 (Miracle) 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.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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