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1. Border design based on the fasces - cylindrical bundles of wooden rods, tied tightly together, from which an axe protrudes. The fasces were an ancient Roman symbol of magisterial authority, but symbolized unity as well as power.
 
2. Designation of rank.
 
3. Rays of a setting sun identifying a West Coast location.
 
4. Replica of Los Angeles City High School. Los Angeles High, the first high school in Southern California, began classes on September 1, 1873. Classes were held in two rooms on the upper floor of Central Elementary School, which sat on a site now the Criminal Courts Building. On September 3, 1916, work began on the Los Angeles High School engraved on our badge. The school opened the following year, even without a gym, cafeteria, paved streets, or street cars within five blocks. The building stood tall until a devastating earthquake on February 9, 1971. The present day Los Angeles High School was dedicated on June 4, 1977.
 
5. The Department Seal: Top left corner - the stars and stripes represent Los Angeles as an American city. Top right corner - the Bear Flag represents the California Republic of 1846. Bottom left corner - The LAUSD seal. Bottom right corner - Lady Justice, symbolizing the fair and equal administration of the law, without corruption, avarice, prejudice, or favor. Around the outside of the shield - olives, grapes, and oranges serve as reminders that Los Angeles is a garden community. The Rosary around the Seal represents the contributions of the Mission Padres in the early years of Los Angeles.
 
6. Agency name.
 
7. Badge/serial number or symbol of rank.
 
8. Oval shape, which was a unique design when adopted in 1940.

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