Kanye West to open a K-12 academy in his mother’s name

Written by on October 8, 2021

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Kanye West is heading back to school.

Billboard reports the “Hurricane” rapper is expanding his empire to include a new private school in California called the Donda Academy, named after his late mother, Dr. Donda West, a former professor and English department chair at Chicago State University.

The K-12 school will focus on “equipping students with an education that will last in the ever-changing world” while seeking to find the “intersection between faith and the innovation of the future,” according the academy’s official website, donda.world.

Basketball also seems to be a focus of Donda Academy, which has reportedly recruited four elite basketball prospects — Zion Cruz, Jahki Howard, Robert Dillingham, and Jalen Hooks — among those committed to attending the academy.

“It’s just one of those things you can’t pass up,” Hooks told the Indianapolis Star during a recent interview. “It was more of a family decision, too. All of us just felt like it was a chance to reach my full potential and grow and get ready for the college level.”

Howard also shared the news on Instagram, writing, “I will be moving to California and I will be transferring to Donda academy, I want to THANK YOU NORCROSS and the whole BLUE DEVIL FAMILY STILL WILL BE MY FAMILY. #donda.”

West has previously dabbled in opening educational institutions. Last year, he posted footage from his Yeezy Christian Academy to his Twitter account, which featured its attendees sharing inspirational messages in a video titled, “Dear Future, I Still Believe in You.”

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