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Chicago high school to be named after President Obama

The new school is needed due to a overflow of students applying to attend Chicago's selective public schools.
By Aileen Graef Follow @AileenGraef Contact the Author   |   April 25, 2014 at 9:58 AM

CHICAGO, April 25 (UPI) -- Chicago is naming a new Near North Side high school after President Barack Obama, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel announced Thursday.

Barack Obama Preparatory High School will be built as a selective public high school, meaning that students will need high test scores and grades to be accepted for enrollment. The $60 million for the school will come from tax increment funding.

Obama lived in Chicago while he served as senator and still has his private home there.

The school will open in the Fall of 2017 with about 300 students in the Freshman class.

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