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New Chicago High School Won't Be Named After Obama

By    |   Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 09:23 PM

President Barack Obama's adopted hometown has nixed a plan to name a new high school after him.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the decision Thursday after listening to "questions and concerns from the community." Emanuel is Obama's former White House chief of staff.

But it wasn't the name that rankled locals, it was the location.

Barack Obama College Preparatory High School is planned for the city's near North Side, though the president launched his career on the city's South Side.

"If they're going to name a school after President Obama they should put it somewhere else," South Side alderman Carrie Austin told the Chicago Tribune.

"Either in Roseland, where he got his start, or in the Hyde Park area, where he lived and has a home. To put it [on the near North Side], that just doesn't look right."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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President Barack Obama's adopted hometown has nixed a plan to name a new high school after him. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the decision Thursday after listening to questions and concerns from the community.
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