Barack Obama College Preparatory High School is scheduled to open its doors for the 2017-2018 school year. The competitive selection institution will enroll 1,200 students the first year. Sources say nearly 16,500 students applied for 3,200 seats this school year.
“For the first time in the city of Chicago, I get to say that (U.S. Education) Secretary (William) Bennett, who in 1987 said the city of Chicago is the worst public school system in America, you’re wrong. Dead wrong,” Emanuel says.
According to officials, Barack Obama College Prep will be the 11th selective high school in the Windy City. Chicago Public Schools is currently the nation’s third-largest school district.
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Celeb High School Photos!
1. Before They Were Famous!
Yes, like the rest of us, celebs took those awkward yearbook photos too! Click through to see what some of your favorites looked like and what they were up to before they made it big.
2. 50 Cent
Born and raised in New York, the rapper attended Andrew Jackson High School before he was busted by school metal detectors at 16. An arrested followed and he ended up confessing to his grandmother that he was selling drugs. Afterwards, the rapper was sent to correctional boot camp. Following his release, he adopted the nickname "50 Cent" as a metaphor for "change."
The Queen Bey grew up performing, but in the middle of setting the foundation for the superstar she is today she attended High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and later Alief Elsik High School, in Houston, TX. Destiny's Child began recording their debut album when she was just 15. How's that for extra curricular activities!?
The rapper -- whose real name is Marshall Mathers -- dropped out of Lincoln High School in Detroit at age 17 after spending three years in ninth grade due to truancy and poor grades. He started rapping with a school friend at age 14 and stayed on the high school scene after he dropped out, to testing out his freestyles on his peers.
Can you believe this is Prince!? The singer looked a lot different in his days of attending Minneapolis's Central High School, but he still knew how to jam. During high school he created a band with friends called Grand Central that performed at clubs and parties in the area (Prince was on drums and guitar). He also played for the school basketball team.
Born Stacy Ann Ferguson, the California-born pop singer attended Mesa Robles Middle School and Glen A. Wilson High School. She was a cheerleader, straight-A student and spelling bee champion, as well as a Girl Scout. She also started doing voiceover work and starred in Kids Incorporated in her younger years, where she was the longest running cast member appearing for six out of nine seasons.
7. Snoop Dogg
Snoop attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School and his famous classmate Cameron Diaz has shed light on what he was like during that time. "He was a year older than me....I remember him, he was very tall and skinny. He wore lots of ponytails," the actress told Us Weekly, adding, "I'm pretty sure I bought weed from him."
8. Mariah Carey
Mariah kicked off her singer-songwriter career while attending Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, New York by writing poems and adding melodies to them. She later teamed up with a friend, Gavin Christopher, and the duo wrote songs in the basement of his father's store senior year, including material that would later be on her demo.
Madonna later attended Rochester Adams High School where she became a straight-A student and a member of the cheerleading squad. After graduating, she received a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan, but her heart was in dance so in 1978, she dropped out of college and relocated to New York City to pursue her dreams.
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