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Sir Miles Davis Magnet Academy Opens in Chicago

A new multi-million dollar building housing the new Sir Miles Davis Magnet Academy in Chicago recently received its official ribbon cutting, presided by Davis heirs (son) Erin Davis and (nephew) Vince Wilburn Jr., along with extended Davis family members, colleagues, school officials and the community at large. The new magnet academy serves students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade and is dedicated by Chicago Public Schools to the innovation and accomplishments of Sir Miles Davis. A bronze plaque presented to the Davis family by the school’s principal Dr. Maxine Toliver reads (in part): “Sir Miles Davis used the innovation of an engineer, the curiosity of a scientist and the precision of a mathematician to become one of the world’s most creative musical artists. Just as Miles Davis was an inventor of his craft, the new academy community is pioneering the teaching and learning of children’s engineering. Our students will become the explorers, pathfinders and creators of the 21st Century and beyond.”

Congratulatory statements were sent to the Davis family by critically acclaimed actor Don Cheadle and platinum hip-hop star Nas, commemorating this date and honor. Longtime Miles Davis sideman Pete Cosey was also on hand to celebrate with his jazz trio, warming up the school’s new cafeteria.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley visited the new Sir Miles Davis Magnet Academy days later to officially open the first day of the 2008-2009 school year with the ceremonial “Ringing of the Bell” event. Vince Wilburn Jr. was in attendance representing the family, along with representatives from the Chicago Board of Education, Chicago Public Schools, Children and Youth Services, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago Bears and Chicago Sky (basketball team), all supporting greater education in the Chicago public school system. The new magnet academy marks the first school building to open through the “Modern Schools Across Chicago” partnership between the City and the Chicago Public Schools, and also marks the school district’s first children’s engineering program.

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