Kanye West is expanding his empire to include private education. The "Hurricane" rapper is planning to open a school in California called the Donda Academy. The academy is named after West's tenth studio album of the same name, Donda, though it also honors his late mother, Dr. Donda West, former professor and English department chair at Chicago State University.
Donda Academy appears to have a heavy focus on basketball, as four elite basketball prospects -- Zion Cruz, Jahki Howard, Robert Dillingham, and Jalen Hooks -- have reportedly committed to attending the academy. Billboard has reached out for comment.
“It’s just one of those things you can’t pass up,” Hooks said in an interview with Indianapolis Star. “It was more of a family decision, too. All of us just felt like it was a chance to reach my full potential and grow and get ready for the college level.” Howard posted the news of his transfer to on his Instagram account, and wrote, "I will be moving to California and I will be transferring to Donda academy, I want to THANK YOU NORCROSS and the whole BLUE DEVIL FAMILY STILL WILL BE MY FAMILY. #donda"