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Chicago Bulls College Prep opens on the west side

Jerry Reinsdorf and Tyrus Thomas attend ribbon cutting ceremony to open new high school campus of Noble Street Charter School

Bulls unveil Chicago Bulls College Prep

Also: Bulls announce creation of Chicago Bulls College Prep

September 14, 2009 - The Chicago Bulls and Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf held a press conference today to officially unveil Chicago Bulls College Prep (CBCP), a Noble Street Charter School campus dedicated to providing world-class education for all Chicago students.

At a ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon, Bulls forward Tyrus Thomas and General Manager Gar Forman, along with President of the Chicago Board of Education Michael Scott, Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), Noble Superintendent Michael Milkie and Principal Tyson Kane, welcomed the 229 high school freshman and expressed their support and encouragement for the upcoming school year.

In addition to offering a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, Chicago Bulls College Prep students will take two 40 minute classes (80 minutes total) of physical education courses every day. This is a first for Noble campuses and will enforce CBCP’s emphasis on health, fitness and wellness, which is a core value at CBCP.

After addressing the students, Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf stated, “I have long believed that education is the key to solving most of the problems of society. In that spirit, we are delighted to be able to join forces with Noble Street based upon their proven track record of success in educating young people. We look forward in the coming years to having the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children.”

Chicago Bulls College Prep will serve about 600 Chicago students, grades 9-12, once it reaches full capacity during the 2012-2013 school year.

“We are delighted to partner with the Chicago Bulls organization to open Chicago Bulls College Prep. We believe that our partnership will enhance students’ motivation to succeed and we look forward to working closely with the Bulls to strengthen Noble Street’s commitment to health and fitness, which is a core value at all of our high school campuses,” said Michael Milkie, Noble Street Charter School superintendent.

In 2008, the Bulls donated $2 million to create the high school campus which delivers an educational model focused on four core values – scholarship, honor, discipline and fitness.