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New Magnet School Opens in Englewood

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One of two new magnet schools coming to the Chicago’s Englewood community celebrated its grand opening today. The school’s namesake brought a bit of Hollywood to the South Side.

Sir Miles Davis Academy took several years and $50 million to build.

The spanking new building is Chicago Public Schools’ first-ever children’s engineering program.

Several members of the jazz legend’s family showed up at the elementary school. Son Erin Davis came from California. This new Davis magnet draws students from the old Davis School and Johns Middle Academy.

DAVIS: My cousin and my sister have done principal for the day at the old campus. We’ve donated a couple of things here and there. We’re trying to get them instruments and things for the music program here.

About 90 percent of the students will come from the Englewood neighborhood. The school is seen as a symbol of coming change to the community.

But across the street stands another symbol of what this neighborhood continues to struggles with – a boarded up house.

I’m Natalie Moore, Chicago Public Radio.

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