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Nicole Young

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Dre was born Andre Romelle Young :1 in Compton, California, on February 18, 1965, the son of Theodore and Verna Young. His middle name is derived from The Romells, his father's amateur R&B group. His parents married in 1964, separated in 1968, and divorced in 1972. :7–8 His mother later remarried to Curtis Crayon and had three children: sons Jerome and Tyree (both deceased) :7,25 and daughter Shameka. :6–8 In 1976, Dre began attending Vanguard Junior High School in Compton, but due to gang violence, he transferred to the safer suburban Roosevelt Junior High School. :9 The family moved often and lived in apartments and houses in Compton, Carson, Long Beach, and the Watts and South Central neighborhoods of Los Angeles. Dre has said that he was mostly raised by his grandmother in New Wilmington Arms housing project in Compton. His mother later married Warren Griffin, :10 which added three step-sisters and one step-brother to the family; the latter would eventually begin rapping under the name Warren G. :14 Dre is also the cousin of producer Sir Jinx. He attended Centennial High School in Compton during his freshman year in 1979, but transferred to Fremont High School in South Central Los Angeles due to poor grades. He attempted to enroll in an apprenticeship program at Northrop Aviation Company, but poor grades at school made him ineligible. Thereafter, he focused on his social life and entertainment for the remainder of his high school years. :2