Avondale High School (Michigan)
|Avondale High School|
|2800 Waukegan Road,
Auburn Hills, MI 48326
|Color(s)||Purple & Gold|
|Website||Avondale HS - Home Page|
Avondale High School is located in Auburn Hills, Michigan, which is located in the greater Metro Detroit area. Avondale High School, or AHS as it is commonly known, is the only high school serving the Avondale School District. The High School feeds from Auburn, Deerfield, Woodland, and Graham Elementary Schools to one middle school, than to Avondale High School. Most Students in the Avondale School District live in Troy, Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, and Bloomfield Township. There are approximately 1,100 students presently enrolled at AHS, which serves grades 9-12. The students have the option of taking either regular, honors, or AP classes.
In 1947, the Auburn Heights Elementary School combined with three schools in Avon Township (now Rochester Hills) to form a school district. The name Avondale was chosen after a contest. The first Avondale High was built in Avon Township in 1952, previously known as Avondale Meadows Upper Elementary. The current building opened in 1970. It was a low, modern building, rectangular in plan. Four years later, the auditorium, auto shop, pool and wrestling room were constructed. Art rooms, broadcast facilities, and other classrooms were completed in 1991, and a new hallway of classrooms, auxiliary gym and pool renovations were completed a few years later. Between 1998 and 2000, the building underwent its most extensive improvements, with a new fieldhouse, media center and cafeteria (which was converted from the original gym). Recent construction was finished in 2006, for classroom additions, a performing arts wing, and a renovated auditorium with a fly loft. As part of a 2010 bond issue, a new weight room was constructed and the football stadium was rebuilt along with the athletic fields. Avondale has transitioned from Elementary being grades K-4, Upper Elementary grades 5-6, and the Middle school grades 7-8. Now Avondale offers Elementary from K-5, Middle School grades 6-8, and High school until grades 12.
The team name and mascot of Avondale is the Avondale Yellow Jackets. Varsity and JV sports are held there. In 2002, the Boys Varsity Basketball team won the State Championship for MHSAA Class B . The Boys Varsity Soccer team won the Division II state championship in 2011. The Boys Varsity Track and Field team won the Division II state championship as well in 2011.
- Greg Hildebrandt and Tim Hildebrandt '54, science fiction artists and co-designers of the original Star Wars poster 
- Elizabeth Reaser '93, actress in films such as The Family Stone and Twilight as well as television series "Saved" and "Grey's Anatomy" and daughter of former Detroit Pistons owner Karen Davidson.
- Mike Lewis, '02, professional football player and linebacker for Utah Blaze, defensive MVP while playing for Adrian College
- David Holston, '04, professional basketball player and point guard for Artland Dragons, previously ranked #3 in the nation in scoring while playing for Chicago State University