Bill Gates recommends high school day after it closes In Bill Gates's rah-rah innovation editorial in the weekend Washington Post , he mentions his admiration for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-backed High Tech High, a network of tech-enabled charter schools. Poor timing perhaps, as Friday marked the abrupt closure of High Tech High Bayshore , overriding the literal tears and rage of students' parents. Apparently the school was losing money ($500,000 per year) and had barely half-met its goal for student recruitment. More importantly, the school building's owner — an anonymous "philanthropist affiliated with the High Tech High corporation" — decided to unload the building after the school couldn't afford to buy it back. Hey, at least those kids got part of a kind of good education. If you know the identity of the mystery philanthropist, by all means tip us off .