DPS Showcases Construction Progress for new High School at site of former Finney High and new Munger PreK to 8

Superintendent of Academics Karen Ridgeway led a construction tour for two of the four new schools being built as part of the DPS Capital Improvement Program

As Detroit Public Schools prepares to inform parents this week of school changes for next year, it is showcasing four new schools totaling $150 million of voter-approved investment that will provide some 4,500 students brand new learning environments replacing older facilities.

Combined with this past year’s new school openings, close to 20 percent of all DPS students will have a school that is brand new over the course of this year and next. The new facilities include two comprehensive high schools and two new neighborhood PK-8 schools.

Detroit Public Schools Superintendent of Academics Karen Ridgeway led a hard hat tour Saturday for two of the four schools, a new high school being constructed at the site of the former Finney High and the new Munger PreK to 8 School.  These schools are two of the last four under construction as part of the $500.5 million DPS Capital Improvement Program.

About the sites:

A new $46.5 million, 221,000-square-foot high school is being constructed at the site of the former Finney High School. The school will accommodate up to 1,200 students and will include eight science laboratories, a high-tech media center, a performing arts section, and an athletic complex with a community health clinic. The stadium will have a multi-seasonal, synthetic field for track, football, soccer and other athletic programs.

The new $22.3 million Munger PreK to 8 School will accommodate 850 students and includes a two-story “student arcade” that will function as a dining court, student center and school square. Bright, sustainable classrooms will line colorful corridors centered around an academic commons area and teacher work centers.

The new $50.3 million Mumford High School is the largest school construction project in the district’s bond program. Planned to accommodate more than 1,500 students, the new 239,900-square-foot high school will be a LEED Silver Certified state-of-the-art facility. The building will offer academic core areas, a high-tech media center, modern science laboratories, and a community health clinic. The school will be built on the current athletic field.

The new $21.8 million Mackenzie PreK to 8 School will include a large open media center serving the needs of the school’s middle and elementary students. The building design will focus on student safety and will be environmentally-responsible through the adherence to national standards set by CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The minimum goal is set at a Silver LEED Certification.

These four schools are among the 15 new or renovated schools that are part of the $500.5 million DPS Capital Improvement Program.

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