North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, home of the public charter high school Health Careers Academy, wel­comed Mayor Thomas. M. Menino, Vic­toria Reggie Kennedy and many other city leaders and guests to cel­e­brate the renaming of the academy to the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, in honor of the late senator.

Mrs. Kennedy thanked North­eastern Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun for his lead­er­ship role and praised the unique part­ner­ship between the uni­ver­sity and the academy.

I think it’s a real model for other cities to grab onto. This is just an out­standing part­ner­ship,” she said during her remarks.

Speaking to a crowd of 200 people, including Boston Public Schools super­in­ten­dent Carol R. Johnson, Pres­i­dent Aoun lauded Mayor Menino for putting forth the idea of hon­oring the sen­ator by naming the school after him.

This is a fit­ting tribute,” said Aoun. “We now have a height­ened respon­si­bility to accel­erate the achieve­ment of the stu­dents because the school will carry Sen­ator Kennedy’s name forever.”

Mayor Menino echoed the president’s sen­ti­ments by saying that the school embodies “all that Kennedy cared so deeply about. I’m so proud that we can offer this edu­ca­tional oppor­tu­nity to the stu­dents of Boston, and I know Ted would have been thrilled to see his name asso­ci­ated with this school in the city he loved so very much.”

Also announced during the cer­e­mony was the cre­ation of the Edward M. Kennedy Academy Foun­da­tion. The foun­da­tion will be a non­profit, tax-​​exempt orga­ni­za­tion cre­ated to help advance the mis­sion and pro­grams of the school.

Founded in 1996 by health pro­fes­sionals, the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers: A Horace Mann Charter School, pre­pares Boston stu­dents for careers in health sci­ences and related fields.

The academy’s 200 stu­dents study in uni­ver­sity class­rooms, libraries and lab­o­ra­to­ries and are pro­vided with aca­d­emic sup­port during their high school careers.

Since 2003, 100 per­cent of its stu­dents have passed the MCAS test, and in 2009, the school had the highest four-​​year grad­u­a­tion rate of all Boston public high schools. That same year, U.S. News & World Report awarded the school a bronze medal in its America’s Best High Schools rank­ings, which put the school in the top 10 per­cent of Amer­ican high schools.