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NEW YORK — David Banks stood in front of his former elementary school and sent a clear message: He was formed by New York City schools.

Banks, the founder of Eagle Academy for Young Men, was tapped my mayor-elect Eric Adams to be New York City’s schools chancellor. He rose through the ranks at New York City Public Schools — now, he’ll be tasked with leading the district.

“He’s from this community,” P.S. 167 Principal Michael Johnson said. “He sees what the challenges are for the students in this community. I think it’s important that he have that connection to the community and to the students that he serves.”

Another principal called Banks “a pioneer in education.”

PIX11 News reporter Kala Rama has more about Banks in the video above.