Obama Gets High School Named After Him In Chicago

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 04/25/2014 | 09:00 AM EDT

The sitting president will have a college preparatory with his namesake in 2017

What’s Good? President Barack Obama!

Despite not yet being out of office, the commander-in-chief is already getting a high school named after him.

In his hometown Chicago, where he once served as a U.S. senator and community activist, Mr. Obama will have a college preparatory school with his namesake. The city’s mayor (and former White House chief of staff) Rahm Emanuel announced that Barack Obama College Preparatory High School will be opened for the 2017-2018 school year. It will have an enrollment of 1,200 students, according to Chicago Public Schools.


Obama High will be a part of Chicago’s mission to increase its number of competitive selective enrollment schools. Emanuel and school officials say nearly 16,500 students applied for 3,200 seats this school year. The Obama school will be the 11th selective enrollment high school in Chicago.

School officials say the Obama school will open with a freshman class of 300 students. Subsequent grade levels will be added in following years. Chicago Public Schools is the nation’s third-largest school district, with 400,000 students in 658 schools, according to the Associated Press.

Now that’s ‘Good’ news!

(Photo: Aude Guerrucci-Pool/GettyImages)

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