Eisenhower High School (Michigan)

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Dwight D. Eisenhower Senior High School
Eisenhower logo.jpg
6500 25 Mile Road

Shelby Township, Michigan, 48316

Type High School
Established 1972
School district Utica Community Schools
Principal Nanette Chesney
Asst. Principal Robert Enne
Ken Marnon
Scott May[1]
Grades 10th-12th
Enrollment 2,029 [2]
Color(s) Blue and Silver         
Mascot Eagle

Eisenhower High School, often referred to as Ike by students, teachers, alumni, and the community alike, is a public high school located in the Metropolitan Detroit area, situated in the suburb of Shelby Township. It is the northernmost high school in Utica Community Schools. Eisenhower's school colors are blue and silver, and its mascot is the eagle.


Opened in 1972, Eisenhower is the only public high school located in Shelby Township. Until the 1990s, the school had a Washington Township mailing address, but as Shelby Township began to grow, the city limits changed. The original design of the school had few windows and no walls in the individual wings, giving the school an open concept. This open concept failed, as multiple classes could be heard at the same time, making it difficult for students to stay focused on their particular class. The building was quickly segmented into its current classroom structure. When the school opened, the surrounding area was rural and there were no paved roads within miles of the school. Today, the Eisenhower's surrounding area is suburban (a part of Metro Detroit), and has subdivisions and strip-malls within the school's immediate proximity. Over the years, Eisenhower has received several renovations. In 2002, the restrooms adjacent to the Commons were extensively renovated. In 2004, the current media center and library were constructed. The following year, in 2005, the Performing Arts Center (PAC) was constructed on the eastern-most side of the school.


Eisenhower's Quiz Bowl team has a history of success, winning numerous Macomb Area Conference Championships (most recently in 2003) as well as four state championships (the 1989, 1992, and 2000 Michigan State Championship Quiz Bowl and the 2000 Michigan NAQT State Championship Tournament) and two national championships (the 1990 and 2000 American Scholastics Competition Network Tournament of Champions).

Eisenhower's Marching Band has received a Division 1 rating at MSBOA Festival (District 16) since the early 90's. Eisenhower's Symphonic Band has also recently received a Division 1 rating.


The school day is divided into six periods, called 'hours'. Underclassmen are required to take English, Math, Science, and Social Studies, and are given two electives. Seniors are required to take English and a Senior Math-Related Experience course, and are given 4 electives. All students must meet certain graduation requirements to receive a diploma, as prescribed by the Michigan Department of Education and Utica Community Schools.

Eisenhower students have a variety of AP courses to choose from:

  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Comparative Government & Politics
  • AP Computer Science
  • AP English & Language Composition
  • AP English & Literature Composition
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP European History
  • AP French Language
  • AP German Language
  • AP Government & Politics
  • AP Micro-Economics
  • AP Macro-Economics
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Physics I
  • AP Physics II
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Spanish Language
  • AP Statistics
  • AP U.S. History

Eisenhower's AP participation rate is 37%. [3]

Points of Pride[edit]

  • In 2006, Eisenhower was named a "Blue Ribbon School of Excellence" for its high academic and athletic achievement.
  • Eisenhower consistently maintains the top standardized test scores amongst secondary schools in Macomb County, including the highest average ACT score.
  • Over 75% of IKE teachers hold a Masters Degree or above.
  • In 2014, vocal music teacher, Julia Holt, was named Macomb County Teacher of the Year.
  • In 2014, The Washington Post named Eisenhower as one of the most challenging high schools in America.

Student body[edit]

During the 2013-2014 school year, Eisenhower had a total enrollment of 2,029. Eisenhower's student body is predominantly white, but it is extremely diverse in culture and ethnicity; over 20 different countries are represented within the student population. These countries include, but are not limited to: Albania, Bangledesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Corsica, Croatia, Germany, Greece, France, India, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sardinia, Serbia, Sicily, and Vietnam. Eisenhower also has a sizeable, and growing, African American community; having increased by 42% between 2009 and 2014. Eisenhower's student body is slowly, but surely becoming increasingly diverse; the percentage of white students fell below 95% for the first time in the school's history in 2011. It has remained steady since then, at 94.58% white in 2014.

  • Breakdown of Student Body (2013-2014 School Year)

White: 1,919 (94.6%) African American: 48 (2.4%) Hispanic: 18 (0.9%).[4]


Eisenhower's award-winning publications department is advised by former Oakland Press journalist, Erica L. Kincannon. The department produces an annual school yearbook, Esprit de Corps, and a monthly newspaper, The Eagle's Eye. The newspaper also features an online website, IkeNews.com. Both publications have received numerous awards and recognition at both the State and National level. Students may elect to join the Newspaper and/or Yearbook staffs, and take them as a class during the day.

In 2012, Esprit de Corps was named a Pacemaker Finalist by the National Scholastic Press Association, one of the most prestigious awards of journalistic excellence.[5]

In 2014, The Eagle's Eye editor-in-chief, Lauren Kostiuk, was named Michigan High School Journalist of the Year.

Key Club[edit]

Eisenhower's Key Club was formed in 1973. During the 2008-2009 school year, Key Club, for the first time in its history, was awarded the honored title of "Diamond-Level Distinguished" (the highest honor a Key Club may receive). IKE was the only Michigan Key Club to receive the title that year.[citation needed]


  1. ^ http://www.macomb.k12.mi.us/utica/ike/staff.htm
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/michigan/districts/utica-community-schools/eisenhower-high-school-10344
  4. ^ https://downloads.mischooldata.org/GeneratedDataFile?filename=961a0fc5-93f4-4137-ac29-7b21cc9a6f5e.csv
  5. ^ http://www.sourcenewspapers.com/articles/2013/03/26/news/doc514b55ff1c4de722313811.txt

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