King High School

3200 E. Lafayette Street, Detroit MI, 48207-3812

Phone: (313) 494-7373 • Fax: (313) 262-9140

Principal: Deborah Jenkins

About Us

Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School is a unique comprehensive high school which offers three examination programs within the school:  Mathematics, Science and Technology (MSAT), Center for International Studies and Commerce (CISC) and College Preparatory Liberal Arts (CPLA). King is also the first high school designed and certified as a green energy building.

MLK offers advanced placement classes in English, Spanish, History, Psychology, and mathematics. Dual enrollment programs are also available to the students who need and welcome the challenge of taking college courses while in high school.

Students also have internship opportunities via several community, business and university partnerships which help our students with internships, community service projects and student academic enhancement activities.

The internationally recognized Martin Luther King Marching Band, Dance, and Vocal music departments, along with our championship Chess, Robotics teams, the Student Council, Debate Team and medical club are just a few of the numerous extracurricular offerings.

MLK also holds the title as the first Detroit Public School to win a state football championship, which is a highlight among many sports offerings for boys and girls.


  • Advanced Placement Courses
  • Dual Enrollment
  • Internships
  • Internationally recognized Marching Band
  • Dance
  • Vocal Music
  • Chess/Robotics Teams
  • Student Council
  • Debate Team
  • Medical Club
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country
  • Golf
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Cross-Country
  • Volleyball
  • Partnerships with local Businesses
  • Universities and Community Organizations

Mission Statement

Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School is committed to providing a high quality college preparatory education for students and creating a community of students; who are reflective visionaries, focused on careers, service and justice.

Belief Statements are based on the following quote of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “We must remember that intelligence plus character…is the goal of true education.”

Students can and will learn, through the use of continuous improvement strategies connecting learning to real world pursuits.

Students will learn and implement Dr. King’s non-violence approach to addressing civil and human rights.

Students will learn the value of education, improve their study time and show substantial progress on all standardized tests.

The new Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School

The 49-year-old former MLK school was replaced in 2011 with a state-of-the-art facility emphasizing a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Curriculum. The new 245,413-square-foot facility boasts an impressive two-story building with six wings: four academic areas featuring classrooms and science labs each painted in a different color, an athletic complex with a swimming pool, upper level varsity gymnasium with a concession stand and locker rooms, and a performing arts area with a renovated auditorium, dance studio, band room, and choral room, in addition to the central administration office. The new school also has a cyber café and media center.

All the commons areas are accented in the school’s official colors of black and yellow. More than 1,000 square feet of 4ft. by 8ft. vision glass panels were installed to the main commons area, known as the MLK Center, which houses the cafeteria and an amphitheater for smaller assemblies. The roof overhang faces southwest at Larned and McDougall to capture the largest amount of natural light and make the building more energy efficient.

Uniform Requirements

White collar shirts, black slacks and/or black skirts for the girls.

Bell Schedule

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