Chicago abandons plan to name high school after Obama


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former chief of staff, has abandoned plans to name a new high school after his old boss.

The short-lived Barack Obama College Preparatory High School, which is slated to open in the fall of 2017, will now go by a different name, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“Over the last few months, my team has listened to questions and concerns from the community, ranging from location of the building to the naming of the school,” Emanuel said in a statement, according to “We take that community input seriously, which is why — as we continue to look for a thoughtful way to honor President Obama — we will look for other possible names for this future school.”

The move is a political one that observers say is designed to help Emanuel’s reelection bid next year, but it may also be a reflection of Obama’s falling approval rating.



  1. Depends on how you describe it that really counts…..”The new selective-enrollment high school named after Obama will open in 2017, CPS officials said….” SELECTIVE ENROLLMENT….

    Actually this would be the 11th selective enrollment public school in the Chicago public schools…demand far exceeds capacity….”CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said the expansion of selective-enrollment seats was needed given the increased demand. About 16,440 students applied for roughly 3,200 seats in the district. This year, more than 2,400 students who qualified for admission to a selective-enrollment school were turned away, CPS officials said.”

    When will we be seeing ‘selective enrollment’ schools in Portland ?

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