White, Jerry L. Center

14804 W. McNichols, Detroit MI, 48235

Phone: (313) 416-4200 • Fax: (313) 416-4285

Acting Principal: Gary Taylor

About Us

Jerry L. White is a center-based special education school for Autism Spectrum Disorder, Visually Impaired, Hearing Impaired, Moderately Cognitively Impaired, Severely Multiply Impaired and Severely Cognitively Impaired students ages 14-19.

Our purpose is to create a continuum of services for students with disabilities; to acquire an age-appropriate learning environment; and to provide a full-service program for students who are between the ages of 14-19. We prepare students to transition into the appropriate post-secondary educational program and to live as independently as possible.


  • American Sign Language
  • Technology
  • Computer Applications
  • Bilingual Support
  • Special Olympics
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Occupational and Physical Therapy
  • Nursing
  • Speech and Language
  • Music Therapy
  • Choir
  • Drum Group
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Daily Living
  • Laundry
  • Sewing
  • Commercial Foods
  • Landscape/Gardening
  • Custodial Maintenance
  • Occupational Guidance and Preparation
  • Recycling Program
  • Baby Think It Over Program
  • Science Club
  • Journalism Club
  • Mentoring Programs
  • Business Partnerships
  • Community In Schools Program

Our Mission

The mission of Jerry L. White Center is to provide a learning environment that encourages all students to strive for independence by providing an individualized academic, functional and pre-vocational work environment regardless of their challenges.

Our Vision

To prepare students to maximize their potential in this global society via industrialized instruction, appropriate pre-vocational opportunities, community-based instruction, and support services.

The Name We Honor

In September 2005, Detroit Public Schools proudly opened the Jerry L. White Center. The building was named in honor of Jerry L. White, who was dedicated to scouting. He brought scouting into the classroom for students with special needs. As a result of Mr. White’s stellar work, he received many awards in scouting including several Chief Winner Circle awards. Mr. White’s untimely death in 1998 left the scouting community shocked and saddened. His legacy continues as the Trailblazer Division provides scouting activities for students with special needs.

Uniform Requirements

Pants or Skirts: Blue, Black or Khaki.
Shirts: White, Yellow or Blue.

Bell Schedule

Morning Afternoon Half Day
7:30 AM 2:40 PM 10:45 AM