The Associated Press reports that plans are underway to name a high school after President Barack Obama. On Thursday, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plance to build the Barack Obama College Preparatory High School.
The selective enrollment high school will be open for the 2017-2018 school year. The school’s arrival comes amid claims by school officials and Emanuel that Chicago needs more competitive selective enrollment schools. The Obama school will be the 11th selective enrollment high school in Chicago, the AP noted.
The Obama school, which school officials say will open with a freshman class of 300 students, will be the 11th selective enrollment high school in Chicago.
Subsequent grade levels will be added in following years.
As President Obama gets a school in his name, one of his biggest critics received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
According to the AP, Tavis Smiley was recognized Thursday with a star for his talk show, which kicked off its 11th season this past January. Among those on hand to help unveil the star were guest speakers Jay Leno and Larry King.
For Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Leron Gubler, Smiley more than fits the bill for receiving a star on the Walk of Fame.
“Tavis Smiley is an inspiration to our generation and future leaders. He continues to deliver entertainment, advocacy and politics with his honest conversations,” he said.
Smiley wasn’t the only celebrity honored on Thursday. Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Giancarlo Esposito, Orlando Bloom, Matthew McConaughey and Rick Springfield joined the talk show host and author with stars of their own. Comedian Phil Hartman received a posthumous star.