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Alvin Ward
Deputy Executive Director
Athletics and Health Education
Detroit Public Schools

Phone: (313) 870-3782

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Detroit Public Schools Community District Celebrates Historic Football Teams MHSAA State Championships with World-Class Parade

In partnership with the Parade Company, DPSCD will celebrate our MHSAA Division 1 and 2 Champions with a world-class parade Monday, December 5 at 1:30 p.m. Join us in your spirit team wear as we march down Woodward with the winning teams, school marching bands and Interim Superintendent Meriweather along with “Mason” from the Mason in the Morning Show on 105.9 KISS.

The parade will step off at Grand Circus Park at 1:30p.m. and march down Woodward culminating in a rally at 2:15 p.m. in front of the Spirit of Detroit. Come out and celebrate the Championship teams, Athletic Director Alvin Ward, Cass Tech’s Coach Wilcher and King’s Coach Spencer, along with proud DPSCD staff and students.

Cass Technical High School and Martin Luther King, Jr. Sr. High School’s football teams won dual State Championships capturing the MHSAA Division 1 and Division 2 titles. This is the first time in state history that Division 1 and 2 winners hail from the same school district. In recognition of this historical event, DPSCD, in partnership with the Parade Company will celebrate these unprecedented wins with a parade.

The march will feature especially designed “pillar” floats highlighting the district’s new academic plan and the five pillars – Literacy, Career Pathways, Innovation, Family and Community and Wrap-around Services.

All staff is invited to wear team colors Monday to support our champions – Cass (Green and White); King (Black and Gold) – or a combination of the colors.

DPSCD is home to the MHSAA Division I and II Champions

king-championship-gameFriday–MHSAA Division 2 Champs are crowned our Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School!

Friday, November 25, 2016 was lights out at Ford Field as our King Crusaders delivered a shutout (18-0) and captured the Division 2 title and trophy. Congratulations King Crusaders!

cass-tech-champion-photo-2Then on Saturday—Cass Tech High School Technicians Won the MHSAA Division 1 Title!

The Cass Technicians crushed Catholic Central 49-20 on Saturday, November 26, 2016 to capture the Division 1 title and trophy.

NOTE: This weekend’s victories contribute to three championships for each team (Cass in 2011, 2012, 2016 & King in 2007, 2015, 2016) and both have also won back-to-back championships (Cass in seasons 2011-2012, and now King in seasons 2015-2016).

Superintendent Meriweather said, “Hats off to the Crusaders and Technicians who also left their mark in history by becoming the first two DPSL football teams to win separate MHSAA divisional championships during the same season. We are planning a special celebration for our champions, so stay tuned!” 

Lady Crusaders crowned DPSL 2016 Girls Swim Champions

2016 Girls Swim Champions posing with trophiesCongratulations are in order. The Lady Crusaders were crowned DPSL 2016 Girls Swim Champions this evening at Western International High School. Coach Gary Peterson’s team set a record today by placing first in all eleven events, including eight individual events and three relays. Job well done and we are proud of your accomplishments. Give them a round of applause and share, share, share this post.

Detroit Public School League’s Division I/II games this Friday at Ford Field

Detroit Public School League’s Division I/II games this Friday at Ford Field

Rivals Cass Tech and King compete for Division I title

DETROIT (October 20, 2016) – The Detroit Public School League’s football games to determine who will make the MHSAA playoffs are scheduled at Ford Field this Friday starting with the first line-up at 4 p.m. with EAA’s Mumford High School (8-0) vs. Denby High School (7-1). The DPS Community District’s Cass Technical High School (8-0) will faceoff with Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School at 7 p.m.

The 4 p.m. game will yield a Division I/II champion and the 7 p.m. game will yield a Division I champion.  After these games there will be a TV selection Sunday, Oct. 23 on Fox Sports Detroit to see which of the teams will make the MHSAA playoffs. All teams are expected to qualify.

Tickets can be purchased at Ford Field for $10. Gates open at 3 p.m.

The All City Football Players for 2016 are listed below:

CASS-Eric Smith (Jr)-NG, Donnie Williams (Sr)-SS, Taron Young (Sr)-LB, Donovan Parker (Sr)-WR; CENTRAL-Colin Sarter (Jr)-OL, Leotis Briggs, Jr. (Jr)-FS, Demetrius Christian (Jr)-RB, Trevon Roberts (So)-OL; CMA-Matthew Webb (Sr)-QB; CODY- Zyaire Gardner (Sr)-RB, Jaysaar Ball (Sr)-DE, Gerard Sim (Jr)-CB; DCP NORTHWESTERN-Delvon Wells (Sr)-LB, Narico Richardson (Sr)-OL, Korey Dennis (Sr)-DE, Kollin Gantt; DENBY-Adonte Calhoun (Sr)-RB, Tonato Tutt (Sr)-SS/WR, Jaylin Early (Jr)-TE/DE, David Blake (Jr)-DT/OG; DOUGLASS-Terrell Harris (Sr)-LB; EAST ENGLISH-Samuel Womack (Sr)-WR/DB, Orniska Webster (Jr)-RT/DT; FORD-Ricky Garner (Sr)-DB/WR, Xavier Williams (Jr)-DR/KR, Alton Dawson (Sr)-LB/FB; KING-Damari Green (Sr)-DT, Cepeda Phillips (Sr)-LB, Jaeveyon Morton (Jr)-DB; MUMFORD-Omar Pagan (Jr)-QB/FS, Greg Johnson (Sr)-DE/TE, Cerell Lewis (Jr)-RB/LB, Brandon Green (Jr)-LB/WR; OSBORN-Bryant Graham (Sr)-RB; PERSHING-Arion Reeves (Sr)-DT, Omar Twilley (Sr)-WR, Michael Bursey (Sr)-LB; RENAISSANCE-Cam’Ron Starks (Sr)-RB; SOUTHEASTERN-Curtis Murphy (Jr)-QB/DB; WESTERN-Eric Mitchell (Sr)-DT/OL, Devin George (Sr)-DB/WR

Dale Harvel Helmet Dedication Ceremony

The Detroit Public Schools Community District Office of Athletics is eternally grateful to all vendors and community supporters who were present at the Dale Harvel Helmet Dedication Ceremony. The ceremony took place during halftime at King’s home football game versus Southeastern, on Friday, September 9, 2016.



Congratulations Team Detroit Youth Travel Baseball Athletes

Congratulations to our Team Detroit Youth Travel Baseball athletes for representing Detroit at the Piper Davis International Inner City Classic in Birmingham, Alabama on July 10. Several HBCU (historically black colleges and universities) coaches were present for the purpose of looking to offer scholarships.

Nine athletes were offered and three were DPSCD students:

  • Daniel Little- Renaissance High School, offered by Alcorn State University
  • Jonathan Darby- Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School, offered by Wiley College
  • George Osborn- Southfield High School, offered by Stillman College

The team competed well in the tournament but fell short losing 5-2 to a team from Puerto Rico.

Way to go Team Detroit and Coach Norman Taylor!

2015-2016 Season Recap of DPSL Sports Champions

2015-2016 Fall Sports

PSL Division One Football Champions: Martin Luther King High School

PSL Division Two Football Champions: Northwestern High School

PSL Junior Varisty Football Champions: Cass Technical High School

MHSAA Division Two Champions: Martin Luther King High School

PSL Boys Cross Country: Cass Technical High School

PSL Girls Cross Country: Renaissance High School

PSL Girls Volleyball: Renaissance High School

PSL Girls Swim: Cass Technical High School


2015-2016 Winter Sports

PSL Class A Girls Basketball Champions: Martin Luther King High School

PSL Class A Boys Basketball Champions: East English Village Preparatory Academy

MHSAA Class B Boys Basketball Champions: Henry Ford High School


2015-2016 Spring Sports

PSL Baseball Champions: Western International High School

PSL Softball Champions: Renaissance High School

PSL Girls Track Champions: Cass Technical High School

PSL Boys Track Champions: Cass Technical High School

MHSAA 4×100 Meter Relay Gold Medalists: Cass Technical High School Boys Track Team




The Detroit Public School League has gone into a new coaching technology platform called AthleteBuilder.

Beginning Fall 2016 athletic coordinators and coaches will be able to enhance their coaching abilities through this website. By using the site’s capabilities they can connect with their athletes on a different level; boosting production, performance and success.

A link to this exciting new venture can be found here: https://www.athletebuilder.com/


By: Vasso Karapatsakis

Sports Media Intern

Detroit Public Schools

Cell: 734-787-4121

Email: VassoKarapatsakis@yahoo.com


Congratulations Elementary-Middle School Track and Baseball Championship Winners!

Detroit Public Schools Middle School Track Championship was held Saturday, June 4 at Renaissance High School. Middle school teams from across the district took the track, but Bunche Preparatory Academy took home the back-to-back championship title for boys and girls! Congratulations athletes and special shout out to Coach Plonka who does a wonderful job at getting his Bunche athletes out to participate!

Participating boys teams included:

  • Bunche Preparatory Academy
  • J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy
  • Thirkell Elementary-Middle
  • John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy
  • Ludington Magnet Middle School

Participating girls teams included:

  • Bunche Preparatory Academy
  • Mackenzie Elementary-Middle School
  • John R. King Academic and Performing Arts Academy
  • Thirkell Elementary-Middle
  • J.E. Clark Preparatory Academy
  • Burton International Academy
  • Ludington Magnet-Middle School

Also held at Renaissance was the Elementary-Middle School Baseball Championship games! Burton beat Schulze 7-6 for elementary, and FLICS beat Earhart 10-8 for middle school.

Congratulations to the winning teams, Coach Becker (Burton) and Coach Reece (FLICS) for a job well done!

Congratulations Renaissance and Central Softball Teams!

At the end of the season only one team in each division can hoist the trophy, and those teams were Renaissance and Western. The championship game was Wednesday, May 11.


Renaissance played Western at the University of Detroit Mercy Field and won 10 to 6.


Central played Denby at the University of Detroit Mercy Field and won convincingly 24 to 4.

Baseball Playoffs

The Detroit Public Schools Baseball post season has arrived and teams are just two wins away from winning the championship. The games will be played Thursday, May 12.

Mega Division I

Western (8-1-1) vsKing (4-6) at Western at 4:00 PM

Renaissance (82) vs. Cass (43) at King at 4:00 PM

East-West Division II

Osborn (7-0) vs. CMA (4-3) at Osborn at 4:00 PM

Ford (61) vs. Denby (3-4) at Ford at 4:00 PM

Championship Game

Wayne State University – Monday, May 16, 2016

2:00 PM East-West Division II Championship

4:30 PM Mega Division I Championship