LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The first students to attend a brand new JCPS school for boys got a pep talk Monday from an NBA star.

Rajon Rondo and other special guests helped recognize the inaugural class of the W.E.B. Dubois Academy. The school for sixth grade boys will teach with a focus on an Afrocentric and multicultural curriculum.

Students also must follow a strict dress code. The 157 members of the inaugural class got their school jackets and ties Monday night.

"A lot of narratives are pushed upon them, especially black and brown young men, about they have to be this way vs. that way," said Robert Gunn, principal of W.E.B. Dubois. "So opposed to being a certain way, we want them to be scholarly. We want them to be well spoken. We want them to be well read. We want them to be well dressed."

Plans are to expand the all-boys school to seventh and eighth grade over the next two years.

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