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W. Deen Mohammed High School (Atlanta, Georgia)
Zakiyyah R. Muhammad
W. Deen Mohammed High School was established in 1988 by the Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam, an African American Muslim community in Atlanta, Georgia. It is a private coeducational Islamic (religious) school providing 9th- through 12th-grade educational services to students regardless of race, religion, or national origin. Funded by the African American Muslim community, W. Deen Mohammed High School teaches all subjects required by the state in addition to the Qur'an, Islamic studies, and the Arabic language. It has a highly regarded athletic program. This entry looks at the school's founding and development and at its educational strategy. Initially established to support the graduates of the local Clara Muhammad Elementary School, the high school was originally called the Clara Muhammad High School until 1987. In 1988, the community acknowledged the need for a quality Islamic high school for all students, particularly graduates from Clara Muhammad Schools throughout the United States, and ...