So many Detroiters felt steeped in “green and white” this past month after Cass Tech became the first-ever Detroit Public School League football team to claim a state title for the largest-schools’ No. 1 division.
Alumni from across the country came forward to celebrate with Principal Lisa Phillips and Coach Thomas Wilcher for a season filled with grace and class, and for what their own Cass Tech education meant as a solid foundation for their lives.
Detroit Public Schools held a unique Victory Parade down Woodward Avenue here on Dec. 5 in the tradition of this city’s winning professional sports teams.
In terms of Academics, this school’s graduating senior class of 2011 earned more than $18 million in scholarships with 85% of the school’s students receiving scholarships. The class of 2011 had a graduation rate of 97%. The school’s four-year cohort grad rate for 2010 was more than 93 percent. And Cass is a parent involvement powerhouse. At Cass’ incoming 9th grade orientation, the school welcomed over 2,000 parents and students, including 300 students coming to DPS for the first time from private, charter and/or other school districts.
This was a tremendous win not only for Cass, but for this city and school system. They are joined here by students from across the district with 95% or greater Attendance rates this year along with their parents.