Inside Detroit Public Schools » Central Collegiate Academy

March 30th, 2009

Central Collegiate Academy

Principal: Mr. Steven Mcghee

 

 

Telephone: (313) 252-3000

Detroit’s Central High School has one of the longest histories (150 years) of any Detroit Public School because it was the first Detroit High School. It was established in 1858 with 23 students in a building on Miami Ave. By 1863 the increasing number of students had outgrown the building so the school was moved to the former State Capitol Building (yes, Detroit was the Capitol of Mich.-The seat was moved to Lansing in 1847) and was renamed Capitol High. The school earned its accreditation from the University of Michigan in 1871. In 1893, disaster struck and the school was destroyed by fire. It was moved temporarily to the Biddle House on East Jefferson, then to the new building on Cass and Warren in 1896 (yes that building is the current Wayne State University Administration building) and named Central High. Eventually the student population outgrew that building and in 1926 the school was moved to a new building at Tuxedo and LaSalle Boulevard, its current home.

But that was the Central of yesterday. Today, the school houses an active and thriving population of students despite the challenges presented by the surrounding area. The students can pursue the traditional college prep course of study that includes the highly acclaimed Integrated Carnegie Algebra and Geometry course of study. If they choose to they can spice up academic pursuits with involvement in:

  • Local, State and National DECA (Distributive Educational Clubs of America) and BPA (Business Professionals of America)
  • Robotics competition
  • Fine Arts – Such as participation in the Cartunes project (see photo, car was purchased for charity); participation in the ‘You Make A Difference,’ GM/College For Creative Studies program focusing on automotive art
  • Publishing Poetry …’Lyrical Dexterity’…in the English department – Several editions.
  • Band – marched in the America’s Thanksgiving Day, St. Patty’s Day and the Broad Street Parades
  • The Detroit Area Pre College Engineering Program (DAPCEP)
  • Student Council and Michigan Youth In Government
  • Community Service for Motor City Makeover, Thanksgiving Baskets and more.

Because Central students are DPS, they have rare opportunities to learn on many levels because of community entities that have formed partnerships with the school such as:

  • The Wayne County Community College dual enrollment program
  • The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Retreats
  • Marygrove’s Urban Agenda project that helps students make positive changes in their school environment
  • Wayne State Higher Education Opportunities (HEOC) that recruits students for college, placing 75-80%
  • Alumni Career Week exposure to numerous careers.

If your child is a sports lover, there’s opportunity at Central in Class A competition for girls and/or boys in baseball, softball, tennis, swimming, basketball, cross country, football. In golf, the girls’ teams won 7 straight championships in a row through 2008. A well balanced education in an environment that is filled with the pioneering heritage of the school. Central is the place where your child can blaze a trail to a successful future.

Central High School

Central High School

Student Shardai Granger touching up a Cartune that was auctioned off for charity.

Student Shardai Granger touching up a Cartune that was auctioned off for charity.

Michigan Round Table for Diversity and Inclusion

Michigan Round Table for Diversity and Inclusion

Art Club members with their community service project of a spruced up front desk at the Detroit Police Department’s Western District station.

Art Club members with their community service project of a spruced up front desk at the Detroit Police Department’s Western District station.

Art Club members with their community service project of a spruced up front desk at the Detroit Police Department’s Western District station.

Art Club members with their community service project of a spruced up front desk at the Detroit Police Department’s Western District station.



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