Dearborn High School
|Dearborn High School|
|Motto||Always in the Lead|
|Type||Public high school|
|Affiliation||Western Wayne Athletic Conference|
|Principal||Charles "Chuck" Baughman|
|Location||19501 Outer Drive,
Dearborn, Michigan, USA
|District||Dearborn Public Schools|
|Colors||Orange and Black|
The sign outside Dearborn High.
Dearborn High School was founded in 1893 in Dearborn, Michigan, United States in Greater Detroit. Dearborn High is one of the three high schools of the Dearborn City School District and is located at 19501 Outer Drive. There are over 1800 students currently attending Dearborn High.
The original 1893 high school building stood at the northeast corner of Mason street and Garrison avenue. An auditorium and gymnasium unit was added to the east of this structure in 1920. The 1893 building was razed in 1925 and a three-story 20-classroom structure erected in its place. An addition of 10 classrooms was added as a north wing in 1950. Dearborn High School moved to its current location on Outer Drive in 1956. The Mason Street building was remodeled as the Ray H. Adams Junior High School, named for the superintendent of schools when the 1925 building was erected. The junior high school closed in 1985 and the building was again remodeled to become part of a modern high-scale office complex.
Dearborn High School is currently a member of the Western Wayne Athletic Conference. In school history, the Pioneers and Lady Pioneers have won a combined 11 State Championships in 5 different sports with six of them coming in Boys Swimming. In addition, they have won numerous conference, district, and state regional titles in every sport. The school colors are Orange and Black and the Pioneer mascot is dressed as a mid-19th century frontiersman, wearing a coonskin hat with a brown leather jacket, pants, and boots with leather fringe. At one point, the mascot carried a 19th century hunting rifle but that was ended by the Administration in the late 1990s. The Pioneers' biggest rivals are the Tractors from Dearborn Fordson High School and the Thunderbirds of Dearborn Edsel Ford High School.
Band and orchestra
Dearborn High School currently has 5 bands and one string orchestra.
The bands and orchestra have received the highest ratings consistently at the Michigan school Band and Orchestra Association Band and Orchestra Festival's for the past 22 years. They are ranked in the highest AA division. The groups play at local venues, as well as community events. The marching band has performed annually in the City of Dearborn's traditional Memorial Day Parade. In 2008 the Marching Band was invited and participated in the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington D.C. In March 2011, the Marching Band was invited and marched in Dublin, Ireland's St. Patrick's Day Parade and was honored as the Top Youth Band of the Parade. In the spring of 2013, the groups performed in New York City at the Josie Robertson Plaza outside of Lincoln Center, the Trump Tower, and the Church of the Intercession in Harlem.
Theatre and drama program
The Dearborn High School (DHS) Theatre program is one of the oldest secondary level theatre programs in the state of Michigan, and the oldest continuous theatre program of any kind in the City of Dearborn. Dearborn High School is the home of International Thespian Troupe #586 which was chartered at the school in 1944. The program's most famous alumnus was the actor George Peppard (class of 1946) who co-starred with Audrey Hepburn in the motion picture Breakfast at Tiffany's as well as in such films as The Blue Max, The Carpetbaggers, and How The West Was Won, appeared on Broadway in many plays including Barefoot in the Park, and starred in the television series Banacek and The A-team.
Since 1994, the program has been honored with 10 consecutive nominations (2000–2010) to perform at the annual American High School Theatre Festival as well as to the prestigious International Thespian Festival and has produced numerous State of Michigan Thespian Festival Competition Medalists.
- Jack Cassini, former MLB player (Pittsburgh Pirates)
- Bob Goodenow, executive director of the NHLPA
- Nancy Milford, published author and biographer
- George Peppard, actor, star of the film Breakfast at Tiffanys and the TV series The A-Team
- Tom Price, Georgia Congressman
- Russ Reader, professional NFL football player
- Mike Rucinski, professional NHL ice hockey player
- Soony Saad, professional MLS soccer player (2010-2011 NCAA soccer freshman of the year)