Very few schools in America kick off their first day with an appearance by a Grammy-winning music mogul. However, Capital Preparatory Harlem Charter School isn’t just any school. It’s the one that Diddy built.
Originally announced back in March, the new school is the product of five years of planning by Sean “Diddy” Combs as he embarked on the idea of creating a new school in the borough that raised him. And on Monday, the dream was officially realized as excited students packed in the building for what looked like the most anticipated first day of school in public school history.
The students’ joy was shared by the Ciroc businessman, who was there to greet them along with the usual throng of news cameras that come with him. “I’m excited to be here,” Combs said. “This is the start of something important.”
The school opens with 160 sixth and seventh graders and will add on a class each year before graduating its first group of students in 2023. Combs told New York’s ABC 7 he sees himself in the faces of the kids who make up the school’s student body. “If I have anything to do with it, they’re going to have a fair playing field,” he said. “And they’re going to be the future leaders of our communities.”
For a man who has experienced success in most of his endeavors, chances are the next Diddy-in-the-making is learning in the academic building the man himself helped erect.
(Via ABC 7 – New York)