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NYC Music High School Named for Celia Cruz

August 21, 2003

NEW YORK (AP) _ Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a new high school named in memory of ``Queen of Salsa″ Celia Cruz.

The DeWitt Clinton High School-Lehman College Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music is scheduled to open in September. The 90 students enrolled this year will take academic classes at DeWitt and their music classes at Lehman College, where the music school will be located.

``It is a great honor to her and a way to remember the contribution she made to the community and gives all those who hold her in their hearts the feeling that she lives on and that she’s a part of us,″ Bloomberg said Wednesday.

The Cuban-born Cruz died last month from a brain tumor. She was 77.

More than 700 Bronx students applied to the high school, with 90 incoming freshmen accepted. Additional grades will be added in the coming years.

The principal of the school, William Rodriguez, used to play with Cruz.

Bloomberg also announced the inaugural Latin New York Festival and dedicated it to Cruz. The festival, which is to take place later this month, includes musical performances and dancing.

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