Grosse Pointe North High School

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Grosse Pointe North High School
Grosse Pointe North High School logo.jpg
Norsemen logo and mascot
707 Vernier Rd.
Northwest territory
Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, (Wayne County), 48236
United States
Coordinates 42°26′12″N 82°53′16″W / 42.43667°N 82.88778°W / 42.43667; -82.88778Coordinates: 42°26′12″N 82°53′16″W / 42.43667°N 82.88778°W / 42.43667; -82.88778
Opened 1968
School district Grosse Pointe Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. C. Suzanne Klein
Principal Kate Murray
Vice principal Tom Beach
Vice principal David Reed-Nordwall
Vice principal Ben Bandfield (Athletic Director)
Grades 9-12
Gender Co-ed
Enrollment 1400
Hours in school day 7
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Green and Gold
Fight song "Let A Winner Lead The Way"
Will everyone here proudly stand up and cheer
And help the NORSEMEN lead the way -
Rah - Rah - Rah
We've got the spirit and we've got fight.
We've all got the might to crush our opponents,
So - Will everyone here proudly stand up
and cheer
And let the Green and Gold fly high!
We'll go marching forth
for our own Grosse Pointe North
And the score will then soar to the sky.
Will everyone here proudly stand up and cheer
And help the Norsemen win this game!
Athletics conference MAC Red
Mascot The Mighty Thor
Team name Norsemen
Rival Grosse Pointe South
USNWR ranking 911 (As of 2011)[1]
Average ACT scores 21.5 (Class of 2012)
Publication Norsemen News
Newspaper North Pointe
Yearbook Valhalla
Communities served Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Shores, Harper Woods
Feeder schools Parcells Middle School,
Brownell Middle School
Information 313-432-3200

Grosse Pointe North High School, commonly called North, is a public high school in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. The school opened in 1968 after Grosse Pointe High School was split into two schools, and Grosse Pointe North took the northern side of Grosse Pointe's students and Northeastern Harper Woods' students. It is a member of the Grosse Pointe Public School System. The principal is Kate Murray, while the assistant principals are Tom Beach, David Reed-Nordwall, and Brian Shelson. Brian Shelson is also the schools Athletic Director.[2] As of 2011, roughly 1400 students were enrolled at GPNHS. This school is ranked #899 on Newsweek's 2008 list of the Best High Schools in America.[3] It has also received a rating of "A" on the Michigan Report Card.[4]


Boys sports include: baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and wrestling. Girls sports include: basketball, cheerleading, crew, cross country, dance team, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. Grosse Pointe North has won numerous state championship titles: Baseball (1980, 2006), Girls' Basketball (2008), Boys' Cross Country (1973, 1975, 1976, 1982), Boys' Hockey (2001, 2002), Girls' Lacrosse (1999) and Girls' Swimming & Diving (1999).[5]

Some of the most recent outstanding teams that the school has had include:
The 2005 boy's varsity basketball team recorded a school record in wins and made it to the state semifinals, becoming the most successful boy's basketball team in Grosse Pointe history. The team was led by Michael Bramos, who went on to play for Miami University[6] and now currently plays for the Spanish ACB League club Gran Canaria.[7]

The 2006 Boys' Varsity Baseball team was ranked first in the state and broke the school record in wins, finishing the season with a record of 38-1. It also became the first state championship baseball team of Grosse Pointe North in 26 years.[8] The team went on to receive national recognition by earning a top 10 national ranking. Also, the EA Sports All-American team recognized coach Frank Sumbera as national coach of the year and pitcher Michael Kaiser as 2nd team All-American.

In 2008, under the team motto, "WE READY", the girl's varsity basketball team went on to the Class A state championship game against East Lansing, winning 58-46. It was the school's first girl's basketball state title.[9]

The boys cross country team has been to Michigan State finals more than any other Grosse Pointe North team. Since 2000, Grosse Pointe North's football team has lost to Grosse Pointe South six times, once in 2001, 2002, and 2010 through 2013, the longest losing streak in the rivalry. This losing streak was broken on September 26, 2014. The Norsemen beat Grosse Pointe South 22-20.[10]

Extracurricular Clubs[edit]

Grosse Pointe North's Radio Astronomy Team, the 'RATz', under Ardis Herrold, are credited as being the first high school group to build its own radio telescope from scratch in the United States.[11]

The Quiz Bowl team won the Class A Michigan High School State Championship in 2010[12] and participates in many NAQT tournaments. The team has attended the NAQT National High School Championship tournament (HSNCT) many times in recent years, placing 16th in 2006 and 11th in 2008.[13] Standout individual performances included Jamie Ding taking 4th place in 2009,[14] and Stephen Morrison taking 9th place in 2011.[15]

The school is home to four instrumental extracurricular clubs: the Pep Band, Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  4. ^ Michigan Report Card
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  7. ^ CB Gran Canaria
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  9. ^ Class A girls hoops: G.P. North rises to the top | | Detroit Free Press
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