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Mayor Richard M. Daley joined elected officials, African American business leaders and members of several non profit organizations dedicated to improving Chicago’s education system for the grand opening of the John and Eunice Johnson College Prep school located at 6350 South Stewart Avenue.
The new high school will be located at the site of the former Walter Reed Elementary School and is named after John and Eunice Johnson, the founders of the Johnson Publishing Company, publishers of Ebony-Jet Magazine along with the creators of the Fashion Fair cosmetic line.
“The City of Chicago has a strong African American business community and middle class that has produced great leaders for our city and our nation. The backbone of the middle class and the business community is education. John and Eunice Johnson helped to empower the African American middle class through their devotion to education and their strong ties to the business community, “said Mayor Richard M. Daley
“Naming this school in their honor underscores their commitment to education and to helping others improve their quality of life,” added the Mayor.
The Pritzker-Traubert Family Foundation and the Glencoe Family Partnership Renaissance Schools Fund have supported the Johnson College Prep School along with prominent African American business leaders including Martin Nesbitt, President and CEO of PRG Parking Management, LLC.
The Johnson College Prep is the tenth campus that the Noble Network of Charter Schools organization has opened in Chicago. The curriculum will focus on business principles and will have members of the business community speaking to students on a continuous basis.
The Noble Charter schools are free, open to the public and to any student who graduates from 8th grade. Ninety–nine percent of Noble Charter School students graduate from high school and ninety-six percent go on to college.
“I want to acknowledge the work of the African American business community who has pledged their support for this school. These successful entrepreneurs understand the value of a quality education and the importance of giving back,” said Mayor Daley.