Fordson High School
|Fordson High School|
|Type||Public High School|
|Affiliation||Michigan Mega Conference|
|Location||13800 Ford Road,
Dearborn, Michigan 48126, U.S.A.
|District||Dearborn Public Schools|
|Accreditation||North Central Association|
|Colors||Maize and Blue --|
|Yearbook||Fleur de lis|
|Newspaper||The FHS Tower|
Fordson High School is a secondary school located in Dearborn, Michigan, United States in Greater Detroit. It was completed in 1928 on a 15-acre (61,000 m2) parcel of land which was then the village of Fordson, named for Henry Ford and his son Edsel Ford.
Prior to the opening of the school, students attended the nearby Miller School. Ground was broken for the original school building in 1926 with representatives from each of the four entering grades participating. The senior class president was George E. Sarkozy, one of those that participated in the ceremony. The school was designed by architect Everett Lane Williams of the Detroit architectural firm Van Leyen, Schilling & Keough. The school building cost at $2.2M and was inspired in part by the buildings of the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan as well as the Rushton and Apethore halls in Northamptonshire, England.
The exterior of Fordson is made of granite and uses Briar Hill sandstone trim. The library has hand carved oak paneling, a fireplace, painted wall murals by Zoltan Sepeshy, tapestries and Jacobean fumed-oak furnishings and many bronze and marble statues including, Athena, Apollo, Artemis, Nike, Niobe, Venus, and Mercury. The main entrance has ten busts that include philosophers, playwrights, and mathematicians like Plato, Aristedes, Sophocles, Homer, Demosthenes, Aesculapius, Euripedes, Pindar, Archimedes, and Socrates. The main hall also includes a blue and gold Fordson Tractor with lettering of state champions imprinted on its top. The building features architectural sculpture by Corrado Parducci. Fordson's architecture was represented in the 1987 film, The Rosary Murders when the library and tower were displayed. The school also became recognized as a Michigan Historical Site in 1998.
The Tower was constructed in 1926 and has been used for innumerable things. During World War II, the Tower was used to spot enemy aircraft that could have been headed for the River Rouge Plant, where tanks were in production. The media center used the Tower for archival storage, classes, and media center office space. Students of Fordson hung signs over the Tower including a "for sale" sign in the 1950s and the most recent in 1993 exclaiming Fordson's State Championship in football.
Renovations and additions
In 2005, an addition was adjoined to the northwestern body of the school. A cafeteria, ten classrooms including science and computer labs, and the replacement of the greenhouse comprised the new wing. The addition preserved the structure and appearance of the school by using the altering dark and light limestone scheme and proceeding with the same architectural model developed from the school's inception. Consequently, Fordson received the Governor's Award for Historic Preservation and has been featured in many publications including the Masonry Institute of Michigan  and the architects of the addition, TMP architecture. 
In 2007, the athletic facility underwent an extensive renovation. The football field formerly encompassing grass and the practice field on the eastern side of the athletic campus were replaced to AstroTurf. The track and tennis courts were replaced as well. Behind the tennis courts on the northern side of the campus, the sidewalk was expunged for trees. Sarkozy field, the prior soccer field for the school was sold to the city of Dearborn for $800,000. The total cost before the sale was $1.6 Million.
Built for its main purpose, transferring coal and ore to keep the school warm, many claim the tunnels lead to nearby middle schools; Lowery Middle School, and Woodworth Middle School.
As of 2013, the principal of Fordson is Youssef Mosallam, who was a graduate of the Fordson Class of 1994. Fordson is located in Dearborn, the largest Arab community outside the Middle East, where more than 40% of the residents are of Arab ancestry. This is reflected at Fordson, where approximately 95%  of the 2,400 student body is of Arab ancestry. According to SchoolMatters, in 2006, 91.6% of students passed the Michigan reading test while 80.4% passed the math portion. Of the students taking the ACT, the average score was 19.7 out of a possible 36.
In 2011 North Shore Films produced Fordson- Faith, Fasting, Football and the American Dream, highlighting the Fordson football tradition and its deep roots within the Dearborn community.
As of the 2012-2013 school year and afterwards:
- Amal Alcodray - 9th grade assistant principal
- Martha Burch - 10th grade assistant principal
- Chadi Farhat - 11th grade assistant principal
- Ben Gurk - 12th grade assistant principal
Fordson has many traditions within its history. Every class that graduates from Fordson provides the school with a gift. The class of 1956 presented seventy-six flags representing members of the United Nations of that year. The flags have been used at every graduation since then with many other flags being donated over the years. Football has a strong tradition within the school and the helmet is a basic element of this example. The helmet at Fordson comprises yellow with two blue stripes over the top for the varsity team, one for the junior varsity team and zero for the freshman team. Also tradition, the stripes are made with electrical tape.
Every spring since 1991, a few Fordson juniors and seniors have had the opporutunity to travel by train across the country to Winthrop, Washington. They visit Liberty Bell Junior-Senior High School and teach the local elementary students about the history and politics of Michigan. 
Fordson is a member of the Western Wayne Athletic Conference. The Fordson Tractors have a strong tradition in its athletics. Their primary rivals are intracity foes Dearborn High School and Edsel Ford High School while also having a longtime rivalry with Monroe High School, an opponent since 1928 when Fordson was established. The school's strongest program lies within its football team. Fordson Football has accumulated 4 state championships (1930, 1943,1971, 1993) and 3 state runner-up seasons (1980,1982,1984). Fordson had an undefeated season in 1972, but was not regarded as the number one team. The Tractors have won more league championships than any team and have the only state championship in playoff play within the 11-member conference. The wrestling team has enjoyed much success recently. In 2002, Fordson became the first school in the city of Dearborn to win a regional championship in the sport. Currently, Fordson is in the Blue division, the highest division in the Western Wayne Athletic Conference and has won seven consecutive district and all-area championships. The girls' tennis team has prospered in the past decade. They have gone on to the state finals four times. Fordson also accomplished rare feats in Michigan girl's tennis. During three seasons from 2000–2002, Fordson won 31 consecutive matches, and 30 consecutive conference wins placing the team fifth and ninth respectively in Michigan's girl's tennis history. 
Fordson sports include (achievements are since 1999-2000 season):
State Champions and Runners-up
|1928||Boy's Basketball||State Runners-Up|
|1935||Boy's Swimming||State Runners-Up||
|1940||Boy's Basketball||State Runners-Up|
|1944||Boy's Track||State Runners-Up|
|1952||Boy's Swimming||State Champions|
|1953||Boy's Basketball||State Champions|
|1953||Boy's Swimming||State Champions|
|1954||Boy's Swimming||State Champions|
- Fordson won the 1975 State Volleyball Championship albeit it was not an MHSAA-sanctioned tournament. The MHSAA started sponsoring volleyball in 1976. 
- Michael Adray, philanthropist, founder of Adray Appliance, inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.
- Abdul Alzindani, class of 1996; 1995 National High School Cross Country Champion, NCAA All-American in 1999 and 3 time All-ACC while at North Carolina State University.  
- Tom Anastos, Montreal Canadiens hockey player, head coach at Michigan State University, former hockey coach at University of Michigan–Dearborn, and former commissioner of the CCHA 
- Dr. Alex Anckonie III, earned a Doctorate for Nuclear Physics and Doctorate Engineering; developed nuclear submarines and served for the US Navy on the USS Pargo, USS Pollack, USS Ethan Allan and USS Nautilus; became professor of economics at George Washington University and Georgetown University. 
- Dr. Rachel Ankeny, Associate Professor, University of Adelaide
- Dr. Robert Aranosian, Director of Emergency Services, Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital; was team physician for Detroit Pistons
- Ed Bagdon, guard and linebacker for Chicago Cardinals and Washington Redskins. At Michigan State University, he received the 1949 Outland Trophy for being the nation's top lineman.
- Leo C. Beebe, CEO of K-Tron International from 1985 until 1992 
- Dr. Harry Begian, former director of bands at Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and University of Illinois; also was director of Purdue University's symphonic band. ; was inducted into the National Band Association Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors in 1994.
- Cornelius Peter Berbec, Second Lieutenant who was an interpreter at a 1969 conference between U.S. President Richard Nixon and Romanian President Nicolae Ceauşescu at the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Romania. 
- Michael Berry, first Muslim lawyer in Michigan and longtime chairman of the Wayne County Road Commission. A terminal is also named after him at the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.
- Dave Marcon class of 1985 Pitched professional baseball for the [Toronto Blue Jays], [California Angels],[Texas Rangers], from 1990 to 1995. Handled the batting practice from 1999 to 2006 for the [Detroit Tigers].
- Gregory Bill, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge
- William K. Brehm, class of 1947; Former Chairman of SRA International; was also Assistant Secretary of Defense under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford and found of the Brehm Center for Diabetes Research at The University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, MI    
- Steve Burke, former Purdue University quarterback.
- Rick Byrnes, first person in world to drive a production-based hydrogen fuel-cell race car over 200 mph (320 km/h), clocking in at 207.297 mph (333.612 km/h). 
- Chuck Davey, Michigan State University boxer, United States Olympic boxer, and boxing commissioner for the state of Michigan.
- William Dear, Hollywood director, most notably of Angels in the Outfield and Harry and the Hendersons.
- Dr. Judith Benyi Diffenderfer, one of the physicians who died on Corporate Airlines Flight 5966 
- Jim Dunbar, radio program director, talk show host, and news anchor; was elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame for his work with KGO in 1999. He is also portrayed in the 2007 film Zodiac.
- Charlene Mekled Elder, first Muslim female of the United States to hold a judicial position. She was appointed to the Wayne County 3rd Circuit Court in 2006. 
- Chad Everett film and TV actor, who appeared in more than forty films and television series, including Medical Center (1969-1976)
- Marv Fodar, Cincinnati Reds baseball player
- Dr. Thomas Forsthoefel, current chair of the religious studies department at Mercyhurst College
- Gary Paul Gates, Author, most significantly co-authored with Dan Rather on "The Palace Guard"
- Russ Gibb, concert promoter, most notably of MC5 and Iggy Pop
- Dr. Aubrey Gorbman, zoologist who chaired the zoology department at the University of Washington; served as President of the American Society of Zoologists in 1976. 
- Kenneth "Naif" Goutimy, International Recording Artist.
- Robert P. Griffin, former US Senator, former Michigan Supreme Court associate justice. 
- Michael A. Guido, class of 1972; Mayor of Dearborn from 1986–2006; was United States Conference of Mayors President in 2006.
- Ralph Guy, Jr., Senior Judge of Sixth United States Circuit Court of Appeals; appointed by President Ronald Reagan
- Joe Hamood, Houston Mavericks basketball player
- Michael Iaquaniello, Michigan State Quarterback, Miami Dolphins Quarterback 
- Marian Bayoff Ilitch, Founder and Owner of Little Caesars Pizza and Motor City Casino; inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
- Art James, Television game show host; hosted Blank Check and The Magnificent Marble Machine and also voiced for a dozen game shows including Family Feud.
- Andrea Joyce, former CBS Sports Broadcaster ; current NBC Sports Broadcaster who has covered the 2006 Winter Olympics and 2008 Summer Olympics
- John C. Kornblum American Diplomat, Ambassador to Germany, responsible for Ronald Reagan's historic speech in Berlin 1987.
- John Lesinski, Jr. former Congressman for Michigan (D, 1951–1965) 
- Linda Line, former Vice President of NBC Daytime Programming
- Adele Mara, American actress, most famous for her role in Sands of Iwo Jima
- Dr. Gregory Z. Mavian, Neurosurgeon; Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. 
- Dr. Andrew Mazzara, former President of Henry Ford Community College, current board chairman of Laptop Design USA 
- Charles "Kid" McCoy, world champion boxer
- Joe Nagi, first Michigander to swim English Channel 
- Diane A. Nafranowicz, Director of the Lawyers' Club, University of Michigan, 1979 - 
- Dr. Paul Pearsall, lecturer and author of sixteen international best-selling books, professor at the University of Hawaii and Wayne State University; received the American Psychological Association's Rush Gold Medal for scientific and clinical excellence. 
- Gino Polidori, Michigan's current 15th District Representative
- James Prochaska, Director of University of Rhode Island’s Cancer Prevention Research Center; professor of clinical and health psychology; first psychologist to win a Medal of Honor for Clinical Research from the American Cancer Society;one of the Top Five Most Cited Authors in Psychology from the American Psychological Society
- Janice Prochaska, president and CEO of Pro-Change Behavior Systems,
- Walter Reuther, President of United Auto Workers (UAW) from 1946–1970, President of the Congress of Industrial Organizations (CIO) from 1952–1955; named to Time's 100 most influential people of the 20th century; I-696 freeway in Michigan and a library at Wayne State University are named after him.
- Dan Mekled, radio personality and master mixer on Power 96 FM (WHYT 96.3 FM) Detroit, Michigan
- Tom Saidock, defensive tackle at Michigan State University; played professionally as a defensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles (1957), New York Titans (1960–61), and Buffalo Bills (1962)
- Robert Saleh, Current Defensive Assistant with the Seattle Seahawks, Former Assistant Linebacker Coach for Houston Texans; former Defensive Assistant for Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, and University of Georgia. He also started at tight end for four seasons at Northern Michigan University. 
- Mike Rey, President of the Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan.
- Tarick Salmaci, boxer, also featured on reality TV show The Contender
- Martin Shakar, actor in Saturday Night Fever, played Tom's (John Travolta) brother
- Dr. Jonathan Shannon, Anthropologist and Associate Professor at CUNY
- Eddie Slovik, only American soldier to be executed for desertion since the American Civil War; was executed during World War II
- Alex Smail, played football for the Detroit Lions and Pittsburgh Steelers
- Jim Snyder, played baseball for the Minnesota Twins from 1961-1964. He also managed the Seattle Mariners in 1988.
- Virginia A. Sobotka, former 19th District Judge for State of Michigan. 
- Al Turfe, professor of mathematics at University of Michigan–Dearborn and Lawrence Technological University
- Minnie Tvaska, broke record for years competed in the United States Bowling Congress Women's Championships with 62 consecutive annual participations. 
- Tom Utsman, Deputy Director of Kennedy Space Center and Director of Shuttle Operations
- Dr. Frank Robert Westie, authored best-selling novel Ash Wednesday '45; was a professor of sociology at Indiana University for 33 years. 
- Dr. Jerome Wiesner, President of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) from 1971–1980 and science advisor to United States Presidents, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson
- Richard Wygonik, current 19th District Judge for State of Michigan 
- Mohamed Nasser, Lead Engineer in General Motors (2004)
Ted Kulfan - Sports Writer The Detroit News and author of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: History of the Detroit Red Wings.
- History of Fordson High School
- Photograph of the school and some history
- Hoosier actors (Chad Everett)
- John Lesinski Jr.
- William K. Brehm Biography
- Fordson football and fasting
- Former NFL Paul Tagliabue and Detroit Lions President Matt Millen engage with football players after 9/11