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Snapchat maker Snap Inc. held the biggest initial public offering ever for a Los Angeles company this week pricing its shares at $17 apiece. The company made its debut on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday, where it quickly leaped to close at $24.48.

High school makes $24 million from Snap IPO

A plush toy of Snapchat's ghost mascot sits on a trader's desk at the New York Stock Exchange. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
A plush toy of Snapchat's ghost mascot sits on a trader's desk at the New York Stock Exchange. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

A California high school has made millions of dollars from the initial public offering of shares in Snap Inc., the company behind the Snapchat photo messaging application.

The board of the Saint Francis High School in Mountain View agreed to invest $15,000 in seed money in Snap in 2012, when the company was just getting started.

It had been invited to do so by one of the student's parents, a venture capital investor, the high school president says in a letter issued to the school community Thursday.

The school held onto the investment until this week, when Snap shares sold for $17 each in an IPO. The share price rocketed 44% higher when trading began Thursday.

The school was quoted by media including website Quartz as saying it sold two-thirds of its shares at $17 each, to raise $24 million.

“The school's investment in Snap — which this morning announced the completion of its IPO — has matured and given us a significant boost,” said the high school president, Simon Chiu, in the letter.

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