Edsel Ford High School

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Edsel Ford High School
Established 1955
Type Public High School
Affiliation Western Wayne Athletic Conference
Principal Scott Casebolt
Students 1,535
Grades 9-12
Location 20601 Rotunda,
Dearborn, Michigan, U.S.A. 48124
District Dearborn Public Schools
Accreditation North Central Association
Campus Suburban
Colors Black and White            
Nickname Thunderbirds
Yearbook Flight
Newspaper The Bolt
Website http://efhs.dearbornschools.org

Edsel Ford High School is a secondary school located in Dearborn, Michigan, USA in Greater Detroit. Edsel Ford, located on Rotunda Drive, near Oakwood, is one of three public high schools in the Dearborn Public Schools (along with Fordson and Dearborn High). Edsel Ford High School was completed in 1955, and the first graduating class was in 1956.

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Humanities[edit]

Edsel Ford himself donated money for a high school to be built in Dearborn with its curricula based on the humanities. The first teaching staff at the school was sent to the University of Chicago to be formally trained in the humanities. The English humanities program consisted of three hours of English, one hour of art, and one hour of music study per week. The Science, Social Studies and Mathematics programs were integrated to the extent that cultural, philosophical and logical elements were studied in the correlated curricula. Academic subjects were often linked together by time period or a similar focus. Students were expected to keep their notes from 10th grade through 12th grade as the program was cumulative.

Art and Music mid-terms and finals were held, college-like, with the entire class examining in the auditorium and graded on the entire class test curve. These examinations had challenging visual and/or audio components.

Leadership[edit]

The leadership program consists of students elected to lead their class in traditional office roles of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, and two Representatives. Each class elects their own officers each year. There is also a school-wide election for Student Council which has four officers: President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. Only seniors are eligible for the Student Council offices as the election is held at the end of one's junior year.

Once elected, the class officers attend a class during 4th hour where they discuss school issues and make decisions regarding their classes. The class is currently run by Mr. Mark Tyler.

Newstaff[edit]

The Newstaff class consists of students who have completed a Journalism class in order to write for the school newspaper, The Bolt. Articles, written over a couple of weeks by students, are published for regular distribution among the current enrollment. "The Bolt" newspaper lead positions include Editor-In-Chief, Managing Editor, and Layout Editor. Generally these positions are given to qualified students who have prior knowledge in the Newstaff class. Every year, the number of editions published varies, as time constraints can delay distribution of the paper. Currently, Newstaff is offered during 5th Hour and is run by Mr. Keith Rydzik. Newspapers are handed out during this hour once the newspapers have been published. The last edition of The Bolt is a senior edition, which consists of senior profiling, including the seniors' chosen future college or university. This edition is exclusive to senior students and staff members.

Yearbook[edit]

The Yearbook class consists of students who have completed a Journalism class and who are dedicated to creating the annual school yearbook, Flight. Student social, intramural, sports and cultural activities and photographs are carefully accumulated over several months to eventually be published in the next sequence of the school yearbook. Yearbooks generally cost around $60–$80 and, for an additional charge, include name-stamping. Every year, Flight has a theme, which most recently was dubbed Bigger Bolder Brighter. Lead positions are given to students familiar with notable class activities and personalities. Currently, Yearbook is instructed by Ms. Sue Beck and taught during 6th Hour, the last hour of the school day. Yearbooks are published and distributed the last weeks of the school year so students have an opportunity to sign each other's yearbooks.

World Languages[edit]

Edsel Ford offers courses in four specific languages: American Sign Language, German, French, and Spanish. Most of the language courses can be taken for the duration of the high school experience. There is one German teacher, Herr Sedore; three Spanish teachers, Senora Chavez-Franco, Senora Azzopardi, and Senora Condra; and one French teacher, Madame Katzman. All World Language classes feature distinct concepts not taught in regular classes which make demand for the classes very high. As time progresses, students move up one level per every year, which are: first year (1,2), second year (3,4), third year (5,6), and fourth year (7,8). Fifth year courses (9,10) can only be taken by students who completed their first year of the language in middle school. Fifth year is considered an advanced course or AP.

Extra-Curricular activities[edit]

Edsel Ford High School also encourages the full development of character through the many sports available in all three seasons of the school year. Most sports have both Varsity and Junior Varsity teams.

Clubs:

  • Model United Nations
  • Debate Club
  • Islamic Club
  • Teens for Christ
  • Thornley Court
  • National Honors Society
  • French National Honors Society
  • German National Honors Society
  • Spanish National Honors Society
  • Interact Club
  • Drama Club
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Go Green Club
  • Quill & Scroll

The Ford Connection[edit]

The school was named as a tribute to the son of world famous industrialist, entrepreneur, and Dearbornite, Henry Ford. His son, Edsel Ford, also became famous for his work at the company his father founded and of which he was president from 1919 until his sudden death in 1943.

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