Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Celebrates Class of 2024: A Decade of Excellence and Achievement

Caption: Graduating Seniors with Jalen Rose (middle),  Founder of Jalen Rose Leadership Academy

The Class of 2024, the 10th graduating class of the prestigious Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA), marked a significant milestone in the academy’s history. This year, 98 accomplished seniors, living up to the academy’s motto, ‘Enter a Learner: Exit a Leader,’ took the stage with pride and excitement to receive their well-deserved diplomas, a testament to the academy’s success in shaping future leaders.

During the ceremony, Jalen Rose, the founder of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, delivered congratulatory remarks, emphasizing the significance of the occasion for the students. He likened this moment to the magnitude of the NBA finals or the Super Bowl, highlighting the immense importance and impact of the achievement on the students’ lives.

“You’re sitting in the presence of 98 young people that represent this city, 313-248-734. What Up, Doe?! They are graduating today!” Rose said with enthusiasm.  

The Jalen Rose Leadership Academy (JRLA), a beacon of excellence, stands out as a renowned public charter high school in Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 2011 by Jalen Rose, a prominent figure in Detroit and a former NBA player, the academy is distinguished by its commitment to providing a comprehensive and high-quality education that equips students with the skills and knowledge for success in college and their future careers.


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During the ceremony, two distinguished students, Taylor Murphy and King Bethel, delivered powerful and inspiring speeches during the graduation. Murphy, who achieved the highest academic standing in the class, presented the valedictory address, while  Bethel, the second-highest achiever, delivered the salutatory address. Their speeches marked a memorable and poignant moment in the ceremony, leaving a lasting emotional impact on everyone present.

JRLA has been recognized as the city’s 4th best open-enrollment high school based on its exceptional academic programs, dedicated faculty, and strong student achievements. 

In the academic year 2024-25, JRLA looks forward to introducing its new principal, Jazmine M. Allen. A Detroit native with a wealth of experience, Allen has a strong education and background in community involvement. She is an alumna of the University of Michigan and the University of Detroit Mercy. Her appointment represents a significant and exciting development for the school community.

Kenny Burns gave the commencement address. Burns is a multifaceted entrepreneur, author, lifestyle specialist, and motivational speaker known for his influential presence in the entertainment and business industries. He left the young graduates with sound advice to carry with them into the phases of their lives. 

“No one will have respect for you unless you have respect for yourself,” Burns said. “Don’t let your expectations exceed your efforts. 

During Rose’s speech, he expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the founding staff members, Board of Directors, donors, and sponsors, emphasizing their valuable support and commitment. Acknowledging their contributions, he then shifted the focus back to the graduates, highlighting the JRLA values one last time. 

“Our senior graduating class, and for those who have been a part of this family, know our values are family respect, excellence, and determination,” Rose said.

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