2001 W. Warren, Detroit MI, 48208-2216

Phone: (313) 596-3555 • Fax: (313) 596-3552

Principal: Berry Greer

Official School Web Site

About Us

Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men is an all-male school for grades 6-12 that offers a wide range of academic and athletic activities for students. Douglass moved up 6 percentiles on the State of Michigan Top-to-Bottom List in the 2013-2014 school year and was recognized as a top 10 Detroit high school by Excellent Schools Detroit. The school’s mascot is the ibis, and the team name is “Hurricanes”. Students wear uniforms.


Sports include football (JV and varsity), tennis and golf, cross country, track and field, and basketball (middle, JV, and varsity). The 2014 varsity basketball Hurricanes were State Regional Champions. Douglass also offers an award winning journalism program (2014 High School Program of the Year – Detroit Free Press), robotics, chess, foreign language classes, film study, and a very strong and active Army JROTC.

There are a variety of clubs and services offered, including after-school tutoring, after school credit recovery, night school, Accelerated Reading and Math, National Honor Society/National Junior Honor Society, Drama Club, Media Club, Science Club, Debate Team, Student Government, mentorship and community service programs, and the Art, History, and Culture Club, directed by award winning teacher Okezie Iroha (in partnership with U of M).

Douglass offers a private school atmosphere in a public school environment. The student uniform is business attire – monogrammed blazers, ties, dress khaki slacks, white dress shirts, a black belt and black dress shoes.

The school is unique because of small class sizes, which allow for individualized learning.

Guiding Principles

3 C’s

  • We Care for ALL students
  • We Customize academically, socially, emotionally
  • We Challenge with academic rigor

Through this unique model we engage the learner to be successful beyond the secondary level and ready for the various institutions of higher learning.

Our Vision

Frederick Douglass College Preparatory Academy for Young Men will promote the vision of “Meeting Challenge with Effort” whereby creating a learning environment which emphasizes the development of skills, focuses on process to outcome, and provides accurate and useful feedback from instructional coaches who strive to facilitate learning that will produce men who believe that effective effort is the basis of increasing one’s ability.

Our Mission

Frederick Douglass College Preparatory Academy for Young Men will offer a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum that allows young men to think critically and creatively as they matriculate through the enriched, performance-based, constructivist and differentiated learning environment.  These young men will be equipped to compete in a global society.


The young men of Frederick Douglass are honorable men of integrity. We demonstrate courtesy and respect for all and fear of none. We firmly commit to the principles of Ngoro Saba as we declare that “No ground is too barren for the seeds of a fertile mind” HARAMBEE!

Our Beliefs

We believe all students, regardless of circumstances, can learn.
We believe we should be judged by results in student achievement.
We believe parent and community involvement are critical to our success.
We believe that shared leadership & collaboration among all the stakeholders is critical.
We believe that we can make a rapid turnaround and increase student achievement significantly.

The Name We Honor

Frederick Douglass was a 19th century Civil Rights Leader and Abolitionist, who became a leader of the abolitionist movement. He gained notoriety for his powerful oratorical style and incisive antislavery writings.

Without a struggle, there can be no progress.”

-Frederick Douglass

Bell Schedule

Morning Afternoon Half Day
8:00 AM 3:20 PM 11:15 AM