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Tim King

Tim King

Founder, Urban Prep Academies

This self-described ”hardheaded optimist” continues to garner national attention with his exceptional approach to the education of young African American men. He is the founder of Urban Prep Academies, a network of three all-male public high schools with campuses in Bronzeville, Englewood and on the Near West Side.

“The biggest challenge we face at Urban Prep is the lack of preparation evident in so many of our students when they come to us. As they prepare to start high school, some read at only a fourth-grade level.”