Heart of Detroit: Ed Parks of University Prep

Heart of Detroit: Ed Parks of University Prep
High school campus renamed in Parks’ name

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DETROIT-It began a decade ago with 112 sixth graders. Today, University Prep graduates 90 percent of its high schoolers and sends 90 percent of them to college.

It does so with a simple philosophy.

Ed Parks is the board president of University Prep and a beloved figure around campus.”There is nothing wrong with the kids,” said Parks. “The kids can do it and they have proven they can do it.”
But a decade ago, Parks was retiring from Plante Moran, the accounting firm.

“How did you end up here instead?” asked Mitch Albom.

“Well, uh, I am not very good at golf,” said Parks.

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