Andover High School (Michigan)

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Andover High School
Location
Bloomfield Township, Michigan, USA
Coordinates 42°34′44″N 83°17′9″W / 42.57889°N 83.28583°W / 42.57889; -83.28583Coordinates: 42°34′44″N 83°17′9″W / 42.57889°N 83.28583°W / 42.57889; -83.28583
Information
Established 1955
Principal Rob Durecka
Color(s) Navy      and White     
Mascot Barons
Website

Andover High School was a public high school in Bloomfield Township, Oakland County, Michigan, near Bloomfield Hills and in Greater Detroit.[1][2] It is a part of the Bloomfield Hills School District. The school's final principal was Rob Durecka.[3] The school was founded in 1955.[4] The school boasted programs in academics, the arts and sports. The school teams were known as the Andover Barons.[citation needed]

In 2010, the decision was made to merge Andover and Lahser High schools and build a single high school on the current Andover property. Lahser's athletic facilities will be kept for use by the new high school.[5][6][7]

In the November 2, 2010 election, a bond proposal to fund the plan to consolidate Andover and Lahser High schools was defeated. This defeat was primarily due to the efforts of a grassroots organization Bloomfield 20/20, which fought the bond proposal. The district was sent back to the drawing board led by the school architectural firm Fielding Nair International (FNI). The final FNI discovery report proposed four building options. A community committee chose to pursue "Option C", a partial renovation/partial new consolidated high school building on the Andover site. The school board voted to do so in June 2010. The board and administration are working with FNI and the architectural firm SHW based in Berkley, Michigan to design the new consolidated school where Andover currently stands to save on operating costs due to declining enrollment. The new combined high school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015. [8][9]

In 2013 it was merged into Bloomfield Hills High School, which is located on the Andover campus, thus returning Andover High School to its original name.[4]

History[edit]

Andover High School, originally named Bloomfield Hills High School, opened in the fall of 1931. It presided on Vaughan Road, built on land donated to the district by George Gough Booth. In 1936, Bloomfield Hills High School had its first graduating class of only eight students. Due to the expanding population growth in the area, a larger school was necessary. This came into fruition in 1955 when Bloomfield Hills High School moved to its new location on Andover Road. However, sizing again became a problem, only this time a new school was built. In 1967, Lahser High School opened, and the era of Andover finally commenced.

Academics[edit]

Over 98% of Andover's graduates attend college after graduation, and the actual graduation rate is about 97%. Average SAT scores for Andover are (1233/1600), above the national average. Two Andover alumni have won the Rhodes Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford, in the UK. Wen Shi (Johns Hopkins University) won the award in 2003, and Abdulrahman El-Sayed (University of Michigan) won it in 2008.

Sports[edit]

State Championships

Men's Soccer

  • 1978 - State Champions

Men's Track

  • 1937 - State Runner-Up
  • 1938 - State Champions
  • 1939 - State Champions
  • 1944 - State Runner-Up
  • 1948 - State Champions
  • 1949 - State Runner-Up
  • 1992 - State Runner-Up

Men's Golf

  • 1952 - State Runner-Up
  • 1962 - State Runner-Up
  • 1980 - State Champions
  • 1992 - State Champions

Men's Tennis

  • 1991 - State Runner-Up
  • 1992 - State Runner-Up
  • 1997 - State Champions
  • 1999 - State Runner-Up
  • 2002 - State Champions
  • 2004 - State Champions
  • 2005 - State Champions
  • 2006 - State Runner-Up
  • 2009 - State Runner-Up

Men's Swimming and Diving

  • 1984 - State Runner-Up
  • 1986 - State Champions
  • 1987 - State Runner-Up
  • 1990 - State Champions
  • 1991 - State Champions
  • 1992 - State Champions
  • 1993 - State Champions
  • 1994 - State Champions
  • 1995 - State Champions
  • 1996 - State Champions
  • 1997 - State Champions

Women's Swimming and Diving

  • 1980 - State Champions
  • 1981 - State Champions
  • 1982 - State Champions
  • 1983 - State Champions
  • 1984 - State Champions
  • 1985 - State Runner-Up
  • 1986 - State Champions

Notable alumni[edit]

WBFH Radio Station[edit]

Andover High School and Lahser High School share its own nationally recognized high school radio station, WBFH, or commonly called "The Biff". WBFH was named 2007 Best High School Radio Station in the Country for the 2nd year in a row. Students at the 5th annual John Drury High School Radio Awards won a total of 17 awards in eight categories.

The radio station was initially proposed in 1971 by Lahser teacher Rick Spriska. After several years of studies and planning, the radio station finally broadcast October 1, 1976; it broadcast at 88.1 MHz with 10 watts of power. Throughout the years the station has undergone many renovations including an entire digital studio.

The Andover Shield[edit]

The Andover Shield is Andover High School's award-winning newspaper. In recent years, the newspaper and its staff have won many MIPA awards and was first honored with a Spartan award in 2007.

They recently launched an official website: http://www.AndoverShield.com

Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement[edit]

Dennis Kwasny, the AP Chemistry and AP Biology teacher, was named as a Teacher State Winner for the Siemens Awards for Advanced Placement by the Siemens Foundation in 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home." Andover High School. February 2, 2007. Retrieved on July 29, 2013. "4200 Andover Road | Bloomfield Hills | Michigan | 48302"
  2. ^ "Bloomfield Township Street Map." (Archive) Bloomfield Township, Oakland County. Retrieved on July 30, 2013.
  3. ^ "Andover's administration list", Andover's Homepage, 2007, retrieved 2007-10-18 
  4. ^ a b "Home." (Archive) Bloomfield Hills High School. Retrieved on July 30, 2013. "Bloomfield Hills High School Main Campus 3456 Lahser Road Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302"
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ High school rivalry ends in Bloomfield Hills as Andover, Lahser prepare to merge | MLive.com
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ [3][dead link]
  9. ^ [4][dead link]
  10. ^ [5][dead link]

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