Once Again, Urban Prep Seniors Are All College-Bound

Nancy Harty
May 15, 2018 - 5:38 pm

WBBM Newsradio/Nancy Harty

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- For the ninth year in a row, Urban Prep in Chicago says all of its seniors have been accepted to college.

The all-male, African-American school held a signing ceremony in Daley Plaza Tuesday where seniors went on stage to announce where they're going in the fall. The future attendees then put on a baseball cap from that school. 

Marcus Hill chose the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 32 schools where he was accepted in part because it's close to home and it's a good fit for his major, chemical engineering.

His grandfather, Rod Height who graduated from Illinois in 1971 with a degree in computer science, beamed and snapped pictures.

Urban Prep Founder and CEO Tim King boasts this class of 200 has received more than $12 million in scholarships and grants.

He said these young men face challenges most students don't. Eighty-five percent of them are low-income and "literally on their way to school have to worry about potentially being shot,” he said.

Underscoring that point, part of the signing day celebration included presenting the traditional red and gold tie that symbolizes getting into college to the family of Christopher Fields, who was shot and killed in the Back of the Yards in June 2016.