SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA) — Rapper and fashion mogul Kanye West is opening a prep school in Simi Valley.
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The new prep school will be named the Donda Academy, so named for the rapper’s late mother Donda West. It’s reportedly opening at the site of a shuttered private school between Simi Valley and Moorpark.
The Donda Academy’s website says students will become the next generation of leaders, thinkers, and innovators by providing them with a world-class education. The school also appears to have a particular focus on basketball, and West is said to be personally recruiting players himself.READ MORE: 3 Found Dead In Balboa Island Home
A number of highly-rated high school basketball players have reportedly committed to attending the Donda Academy, but it’s not clear if there’s an opening date yet for the school.
West joins a number of celebrities in opening a school, including Oprah, who opened an academy for girls in Africa in 2009, and Lakers star LeBron James, who opened the I Promise school in his hometown Akron, Ohio in 2018. In fact, this isn’t even West’s first foray into opening a school – last year, he posted a video to Twitter about the Yeezy Christian Academy and started an Instagram account for it, no other details were released about the endeavor.MORE NEWS: Carson Officially Announces State Of Emergency Over Foul Odor
The school’s website appears to be taking applications, but does not include information about any potential tuition.