Chippewa Valley High School

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Chippewa Valley High School
Clinton Township, Michigan, United States
Coordinates 42°36′44″N 82°56′17″W / 42.612335°N 82.938156°W / 42.612335; -82.938156
Type Public
Established 1961
Head teacher Dr. Jerry Davisson
Number of students 2200+
Campus Suburb
Color(s) Red, White, Black (alternative)               
Mascot Big Reds

Chippewa Valley High School is a public high school located in Clinton Township, Michigan in Metro Detroit. The school is one of three high schools in the Chippewa Valley Schools district. Starting with the 2008-2009 school year, Chippewa Valley High School opened its Ninth Grade Center. The ninth grade center's current principal is Diane Zatkoff while the current principal for the main campus is Jerry Davison.


The school's athletic team is the "Big Reds". The mascot is the hawk. Previously the mascot was a Native American but it was changed to a hawk. The school logo continued to have Native American feathers.[1]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable Sports Accomplishments[edit]

  • 2001 Division II Football State Champions, led by coach Mike Carr.
  • Varsity Girls Soccer: 2002 District Champions, 2003 MAC White Co-champions, 2004 MAC White Champions, 2008 - 2009 MAC Red Champions, led by coach Gerry Haggarty.
  • Hired former Buffalo Bills linebacker John DiGiorgio as a teacher and football coach in 2010.

Notable incidents[edit]

  • In 2004, pupil Andrew Osantowski was arrested for threatening an act of terrorism and ten other felony charges.[5][6]
  • In 2006, pupil Joe Coppage was charged for making a bomb threat.[7]


  1. ^ "Michigan civil rights department asks U.S. to bar schools' use of Indian names." Detroit Free Press. February 9, 2013. Retrieved on July 1, 2014. "Chippewa Valley High School several years ago stopped using a logo with a profile of an American Indian and switched to a red-tailed hawk. The hawk is also the school's mascot. But the school still uses the Big Reds nickname and its logo features American Indian feathers."
  2. ^ "A Conversation with Freaks & Geeks Creator Paul Feig". Retrieved 2008-09-13. 
  3. ^ "CVHS Past Students of Pride". Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  4. ^ Silverstein, Ken. "The Radioactive Boy Scout: When a teenager attempts to build a breeder reactor". Harper's Magazine (November 1998): 59–72. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
  5. ^ Associated Press (2004-09-20). "Officer's daughter foils Internet bomb plot.". USA Today. Retrieved 2006-04-29. 
  6. ^ McClary, Erin (2009-04-15). "Judge rejects Osantowski’s parole". C&G Newspapers. Retrieved 2009-06-29. [dead link]
  7. ^ Hotts, Mitch (2006-04-25). "Teen accused of bomb threat can finish school at home.". The Macomb Daily. Retrieved 2006-04-29. [dead link]