VAN NUYS – A dedication ceremony to celebrate the life and ethics of the slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl and rename the magnet program at Birmingham High School after him will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The family of Pearl, who was an alumnus of the school, applauded the decision to rename the magnet program the “Daniel Pearl Journalism and Communications Magnet.” “We applaud the leadership and educational insight of those who have initiated the effort into renaming the Magnet,” stated Judea Pearl, father of the slain reporter, and President of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. “This symbolic connection with Danny is a powerful tool to make educational programs relevant to young people and inspire them to pursue a career in journalism, while taking pride in their American identity. We hope that other schools around the country will follow the example set at Birmingham High School.” “Danny would have truly appreciated this honor from his alma matter,” said Ruth Pearl, Daniel’s mother. “He thoroughly enjoyed this school and admired his teachers, from whom he developed his love for the English language.” Marsha Coates, Principal at Birmingham, added, “As a student here at Birmingham and then as a respected journalist, Danny always cared about people and their stories. He was a teacher in the finest sense of the word, because he was a seeker of the truth and he used his gift as an extraordinarily talented writer to communicate what he had learned to others. It is therefore absolutely fitting and appropriate that we rename our magnet the “Daniel Pearl Journalism and Communications Magnet.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!