Hundreds of students walk out of Mpls. high school in support of A.D.

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Hundreds of Washburn High School students staged a walkout Monday in support of their athletic director, who is being investigated by the Minneapolis Public Schools.

The Star Tribune reports parents and alumni joined the protest, with some suggesting there is a vendetta against Athletic Director Dan Pratt.

The high school issued a statement in advance of the walkout, confirming that Pratt is the subject of an investigation and saying the demonstration would have no bearing on the outcome of the private personnel matter.

Students and other sources tell the Star Tribune the investigation involves whether Pratt had necessary approval for a new scoreboard that was to be part of the renovation of an athletic field. While some students apparently blame Washburn's principal for the controversy, a district spokesman says it's the school district - not the high school - that is conducting the investigation.

KSTP has a slideshow of photos taken during the walkout.

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