DPS’ Cass Tech teams, students and alumni to participate in Championship Parade and Rally in downtown Detroit Monday to mark historic victory

In a manner befitting championship winning teams, Detroit Public Schools on Monday will host a Parade along Woodward Avenue downtown, followed by a Rally, for the Michigan Division I High School Football Champions Cass Technical High School. The school’s victory Saturday over a No. 1-ranked team at Ford Field marked the first-ever Detroit Public School League football team winning the state title in the largest-schools’ No. 1 division.

The Dec. 5 parade, featuring teams, alumni, students, cheer team, marching band, parents and floats showcasing the school’s rich academic and athletic traditions, will step off at 1:30 p.m. at Grand Circus Park and head south on Woodward Ave, concluding with a Rally that will feature school and athletic speakers. Details of the rally are being finalized. From 3-5 p.m. the school will welcome alumni from all classes to return to the campus for an all-year alumni tailgate reunion.

Cass Technicians Coach Thomas Wilcher said of his team, freshman quarterback, and the championship, “It’s great for the city and the school district. It shows that we have kids who are willing to learn and to fight to reach a goal. We not only played well, but I’m proud of how we did it, with class and good sportsmanship.”

The events on Monday are free and open to the public.

The programs are being underwritten by the Detroit Public Schools Foundation and additional donations. Detroit’s The Parade Company is organizing logistics of the events.

Additional updates will be posted periodically at www.detroitk12.org

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