Here's What Happened to the School That Got a Recording Studio From Drake

Drake, Linda Cliatt-Wayman

Here's What Happened to the School That Got a Recording Studio From Drake

Strawberry Mansion's principal is up for a prize.

Published December 20, 2015

There's nothing like a little positivity in the news during the holiday season, and this story will surely get you into the spirit: remember when Drake donated a recording studio to Strawberry Mansion High School, the Philadelphia educational institution dubbed one of the most dangerous high schools in the city? Well, it turns out his generous gift, along with the efforts of a dedicated hero-principal, have turned things around in a major way for the school.

In December 2013, the Toronto rapper wrote a $75,000 check to put a recording studio in the school, whose alumni include Meek Mill, after being inspired by the principal, Linda Cliatt-Wayman, who gave up her position as an assistant superintendent of the district to fill the position when nobody else would.


She hoped her combination of tough love and high standards would have a positive affect on the school. At the time, Drizzy said to the students, “This is about you. This is about your principal. This is about your future. I love you. I care about you. I want to see you succeed.” 

Now, it seems Cliatt-Wayman’s approach, and Drake’s incredible generosity, has gone further than either could have ever imagined. The school was removed off Pennsylvania’s list of “persistently dangerous schools,” as attendance rates went up and suspension rates went down, reports The Huffington Post. And earlier this month, Cliatt-Wayman received more good news: She is among the 50 finalists for the Global Teach Prize, which comes with a $1 million reward, and is meant to elevate the status of teachers worldwide.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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