Rice High School to close doors

May 24, 2011 1:21:02 PM PDT
It has been a mainstay and an educational force in Harlem since 1938 but Rice High School an all boy's catholic prep school announced they will be closing in June.

It's not an understatement to say the students, faculty and neighborhood are heartbroken that Rice High School will be closing its doors.

The Board of Directors voted to close the school simply because there is not enough money to keep it running.

Enrollment has dropped about 44 percent over the last 8 years. Since the enrollment provides much of the operating costs of the school, the numbers are just not adding up.

"We all stick together, and Rice means everything to me," said one student.

There are 68 seniors in this year's graduation class. All 68 have been accepted to college.

Among the famous graduates is Kemba Walker who led UCONN to a national basketball championship this year.