March 1, 2016 10:39 am

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner continues to fund Chicago high school newspaper

In this Nov. 15, 2007 photo, Hugh Hefner smiles while signing copies of the Playboy calendar and Playboy Cover To Cover: The 50's DVD box set in Los Angeles.

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CHICAGO — Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner has renewed a grant to fund the student newspaper at the Chicago high school he attended.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Hefner made the commitment to Steinmetz College Prep last week. He will continue to donate $7,500 a year for another 5 years to cover printing costs. Hefner began the pledge to his alma mater in 2010.

About two months ago, Steinmetz Star student reporters clashed with the school’s principal over allegations of censorship.

In December, students wanted to publish a story about later dismissal times. The principal says he held the piece so students could make it less “one-sided.” The story was eventually published on the front page.

The Sun-Times says Hefner was a Steinmetz Star reporter and cartoonist before graduating in 1944.

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