Tim King is an African American educator and non-profIt leader, and the founder and CEO of Urban Prep Academies, a network of all-male charter public high schools in Chicago. King and Urban Prep received nation-wide attention in 2010, and again in 2011, 2012 and 2013 after announcements that 100% of the school's first four graduating classes had been accepted into a four-year college or university.
King was born in Chicago and attended St. Ignatius College Prep, and completed his bachelors and law degrees at Georgetown University. While in law school, King became involved working as a teacher at a nearby Catholic high school, and eventually he determined to pursue teaching as a full-time career. After completing his law degree, King was named President of Hales Franciscan High School in Chicago, an all-male, predominately African-American school on the city's South Side. While at Hales, King appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in an interview in which Oprah characterized him as an "Angel". During King's five-year tenure as President of Hales, 100 percent of the school's graduates were admitted to college.
King is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. In 2010, he was named one of People Magazine′s Heroes of the Year. He holds a doctoral degree honoris causa from the Adler School of Professional Psychology.
Urban Prep Academies
Two years after departing Hales, King founded a network of all-male public high schools, Urban Prep Academies, in order to address Chicago’s woefully low rate of college graduation for black males. Under King's leadership, Urban Prep Academies received charters from the Chicago Board of Education to open three high schools in neighborhoods throughout the city. For his work with Urban Prep Academies, King is recognized as a national leader on education reform.
Awards and media
In addition to his management of Urban Prep, King has taught courses on the subjects of urban education and philanthropy at Northwestern University, written for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Crain’s Chicago Business and Huffington Post, and lectured to groups across the United States. He has been recognized by Ebony Magazine, Jet Magazine, Crain's Chicago Business, and The Grio for his leadership within the African-American and Chicago communities. In 2006, he was named one of Crain’s "Forty under Forty." In February 2009, he was named one of the top 100 African-American "History Makers in the Making" by The Grio. In March 2010, King was named ABC World News Tonight's "Person of the Week" along with the students of Urban Prep Academies. The honor was given to coincide with the school's announcement that 100% of the first graduating class had been accepted to a 4-year college or university. Later that year, he was further honored with the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education’s “Pacesetter’s Award” and the “Phoenix Award for Education” from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. In connection with Urban Prep, he has also been named a “Man of the Year” by Men’s Journal, and has been a finalist in GQ Magazine’s “Better Men Better World” search as well as Chicago Magazine’s “Chicagoan of the Year.” In 2012, King appeared on The Moth to tell the true story of welcoming one of his students into his home. He also maintains a Huffington Post blog.
- "Urban Prep Academies creates college-ready grads in tough Chicago areas".
- "Oprah's Angel Tim King" on YouTube.
- "Mr. King's Class Goes to College".
- "The Ebony Power 100 Ballers, Shot Callers and Who's Got Next".
- "Urban Prep Founder and CEO Tim King featured as 'Trailblazer'".
- "40 Under 40 2006".
- "Tim King, prepping the next generation".
- "Characters Unite: The Moth And USA Network Host An Evening Of Storytelling With Octavia Spencer, Dustin Lance Black & More (PHOTOS)".