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New Chicago High School Named After President Obama

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A new high school in Chicago will be named after President Barack Obama.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel made the announcement Thursday.
The new school will have selective enrollment and will be built near a former housing complex on the North side.
"Barack Obama College Preparatory High School" will open in fall 2017 with an inaugural freshman class of nearly 300 students.
The school will ultimately enroll 12-hundred students.
The school project will be funded through about 60-million in city tax increment financing, or "tif."
Seventy percent of the students will be selected based on their grades and test scores.
The rest will be chosen because they live in the neighborhood.
Such schools are in high demand.
This year, applications for existing selective-enrollment schools grew 8 percent, with 16,440 students vying for about 3,200 seats.

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