Divine Child High School
|Divine Child High School|
|1001 North Silvery Lane
Dearborn, Michigan, (Wayne County), 48128
|Motto||Virtus Cum Scientia
(Virtue With Knowledge)
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Asst. Principal||Eric Haley|
|Pastor||Father Jim Bilot|
|Student to teacher ratio||13:1|
|Color(s)||Red and Grey|
|Athletics conference||Catholic High School League|
|Accreditation||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools |
|Average ACT scores||24|
|Athletic Director||Tony DeMare|
Divine Child High School is a private Catholic high school in Dearborn, Wayne County, Michigan, United States. The principal is Peggy Knuth and the Assistant Principal is Eric Haley. The school's pastor is Father Jim Bilot. The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008.
Divine Child was opened in September 1958 by Monsignor Herbert Weier. Initially, it consisted of 84 freshmen, two Bernadine Sisters, and an athletic coach. The 1962, the first graduating class consisted of 69 students. The original building consisted of 37,478 square feet (3,481.8 m2) of space including ten classrooms, two science labs, a small library, a typing and office machines room, and a study hall room. Since then, eleven additions have significantly increased the size and facilities of the school.
Divine Child offers classes in the following areas: religion, math, science, English, social studies, world languages, fine & applied arts, physical education/health, and technology. Divine Child's curriculum is varied to meet the needs and interests of each student. A total of 26.0 units of credit are required for graduation including demonstrating proficiency with computers.
The bands in the school are the marching band, pep band, symphonic band, and jazz band. Each band plays music that suits their genre and plays their music at different events throughout the school year. In the spring of 2006, the jazz band won 'Best Jazz Ensemble' at the Music In The Parks. In 2008, the marching band was invited to perform at Mitt Romney’s candidacy for the presidential race. In 2011, the Marching Band was invited to march at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The Marching Band has also performed at America's Thanksgiving Parade every year since 2011.
Divine Child High School has the largest Athletic Program in The Catholic League. Divine Child offers 24 Sports and 52 Teams. These teams include basketball, football, hockey, golf, soccer, track, cross country, wrestling, bowling and many other sports. The current athletic director is Tony DeMare.
- State Championships
- Baseball (Boys): 1992, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010
- Basketball (Boys): 1973, 1977
- Basketball (Girls): 1986, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2011
- Competitive Cheer (Girls): 1985, 1996
- Pom Pom (Girls): 2001, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2011
- Cross Country (Boys): 1982 Class B Runner-Up, 1993 Class B Runner-Up
- Figure Skating (Girls): 2000, 2005, 2008
- Football (Boys): 1961, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1985
- Hockey (Boys): 2002
- Softball (Girls): 1975, 1986
- Winterguard: 1999
- Golf (Boys): 2010
- Track and Field (Girls): 2010, 2012, 2013
- Chess (Boys): Pawnmaster Champions 2010
Divine Child also offers many clubs and after-school programs, including Academic Quiz Bowl, Anime Club, Art Studio, Bowling Club, Boys Intramurals, Boys Varsity Club, Car Club, Chess Tournament, Competitive Science, Culinary Arts, Drama Club, Forensics, Games Club, German Club, International Thespian Society, Latin Club, Movie Club, National Honor Society, Newspaper, and Spanish Club.
Divine Child also offers musical and theatrical activities, including a fall play and spring musical, bands — marching, symphonic, jazz, pit, pep, and show choir.
State Championships Forensics- 2012, 2013, 2014.
- Gary Danielson, Class of 1969 - A former professional quarterback for the Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns and current CBS College Football analyst.
- Pat Shurmur, Class of 1983 - Lineman for Michigan State University, current Offensive Coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles and former head coach for the Cleveland Browns
- Mike Cervenak, MLB player (Philadelphia Phillies)
- Elizabeth Jarosz, Class of 1991 - One of the candidates on season two of The Apprentice.
- Jim Herrmann, NCAA and NFL assistant football coach
- Tom Dohring, Lineman for University of Michigan and Kansas City Chiefs.
- Jeff Chadwick, NFL wide receiver
- Bill McCartney, National Championship winning coach with the Colorado Buffaloes, former DC basketball and football coach.
- James Finn Garner, Author
- Ryan Anderson (baseball), First Round MLB Draft Pick, Pitcher.
- Gary Forystek, NCAAF QB for ND, started over Joe Montana for a brief period of time.
- Chris Rusin, MLB pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.
- Benjamin Ayotte, Class of 1993 - Founder and proprietor of Ayotte Custom Musical Engravings
- Dean Kotwica, Founder of http://www.313gazette.com/
- "Divine Child High School". Private School Review.
- "Divine Child, Livonia Stevenson honored for improving ACT scores" DetNews article
- NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23.[dead link]