Renovations include a new two-story performing arts building, a physical education building, an open amphitheater in the center of campus, a new parking lot, perimeter fencing, marquee, signage and exterior sculpture. Buildings were retrofitted for earthquake safety, energy efficiency and accessibility by people with disabilities. New paint, ceilings, doors and floors were included, and portable classrooms were removed. The school was refurbished specifically to accommodate Renaissance's Arts Media and Entertainment pathway while offering rigorous college preparatory courses, including numerous Advanced Placement classes.
The arts high school opened in 2004 on the site where the first high school in Los Angeles County (outside the City of Los Angeles) was built in 1898. The school was rebuilt after it was destroyed by fire in 1918 and again after the 1933 Long Beach earthquake.