A principal has been selected to lead the new arts-focused Dyett High School, the Chicago Public Schools announced Thursday.
The school district picked Beulah McLoyd for the job. McLoyd has been the principal at Michele Clark Academic Preparatory Magnet High School since 2010 and was previously the assistant principal at Gage Park High School.
"Beulah has all the qualities we're looking for in the Dyett principal - infectious energy, enthusiasm for learning and a real ability to inspire students and the community," Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson said in a statement. "Beulah will get Dyett off to a running start, as we work to transform the school into a world-class learning institution for the community and the city as a whole."
McLoyd added: "As a Bronzeville resident, CPS parent and high school principal, I understand the need for a high-quality neighborhood option at Dyett, and I am fully committed to ensuring this school is the world-class success that the community deserves. I look forward to develop a new neighborhood option with rigorous instruction and an elite arts program that will honor the legacy of Walter H. Dyett and prepare our students for a bright future."
Next school year, Dyett will reopen as a district-operated neighborhood high school with an arts theme and an "innovation technology lab."
Dyett, located in Washington Park, closed in June after being approved for phaseout in 2012.
The district's plan for reopening Dyett as an arts high school was announced earlier this month during the 34-day hunger strike over the school's future by Chicago parents and education activists. The hunger strikers were pushing to reopen Dyett as a district-operated high school focused on global leadership and green technology.
CPS will start accepting student applications for the new arts-focused Dyett in October.