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Michael Jackson's hometown to name school after him

GARY, Indiana -- Plans are in the works to name a school after Michael Jackson in the late pop star's Midwestern hometown.

The Gary Community School Board approved Tuesday a memorandum of understanding with Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson. The agreement that Jackson signed last month says the district “seeks to honor Michael Jackson and to inspire children to excel in the arts and education.”

Michael Jackson spent the first 11 years of his life in Indiana. His family moved to California after the Jackson 5 struck it big in 1969 with the release of their first album. Jackson, who died in 2009, last returned to Gary in 2003 and received an honorary diploma from Roosevelt High School near his childhood home.

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