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Jordan Visits Md. High School

April 17, 2000

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, Md. (AP) _ The Chicago area is no doubt used to the hoopla a visit by Michael Jordan can bring. For the Washington area, the craziness is all new.

Jordan dropped by Fairmont Heights High School on Monday to help announce a $4 million rehabilitation project. And although it was the first day of spring break, students and faculty packed the old gymnasium for a glimpse of His Airness.

Other than a Nike-related appearance a few weeks ago in the Washington, D.C., the visit was Jordan’s first community outreach visit since he bought a share of the Washington Wizards in January.

When Jordan’s name was announced, the building erupted. Teen-age girls screamed, boys cheered and bowed, and nearly everyone chanted Jordan’s name.

But other than an occasional smile, Jordan remained quite serious. He didn’t crack a joke or interact with the crowd during his brief remarks. Instead, he challenged the students and faculty to take the responsibility that comes with the money and ``show that it’s not wasted.″

Jordan was more lively an hour later at a more private function announcing the demolition of the Capital Centre arena and the construction of a new retail and entertainment complex in its place. During a question-and-answer period with reporters, a young boy raised his hand and asked for an autograph.

Jordan made a funny face.

``Are you supposed to be in school?″ he asked.

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