Harrison High School (Michigan)

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Harrison High School
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29995 West 12 Mile Road
Farmington Hills, Michigan, 48334
United States
Coordinates 42°29′51″N 83°20′46″W / 42.49750°N 83.34611°W / 42.49750; -83.34611Coordinates: 42°29′51″N 83°20′46″W / 42.49750°N 83.34611°W / 42.49750; -83.34611
School type Public Magnet School
Opened 1970
School district Farmington Public Schools
Superintendent Sue Zurvalec
Principal Lawrence Stroughter
Assistant Principals Allyson Robinson (A-K)
Angela Leach (L-Z)
Faculty 82
Grades 9-12
Age range 13-19
Enrollment 1300 [1] (2013)
Athletics conference Oakland Activities Association
Nickname Hawks
Newspaper The Catalyst
Yearbook Retrospect

Harrison High School (also known as "Farmington Harrison" or simply as "Harrison") is a four year secondary institution located in Farmington Hills, Michigan in Oakland County, MI. It is part of the Farmington Public School District. The schools fields students from the cities of Farmington and Farmington Hills, and a portion of West Bloomfield Township. Harrison High School’s Mission is "to develop students to be caring and engaged learners who make informed decisions as they become internationally minded in their stewardship of the world and its resources." Harrison's mascot is the Hawk and its colors are green and gold.


Harrison High School was opened in 1970, with its first graduating class in 1972. The school was completed with the memories of student riots very fresh in the public's mind. It was built to be able to withstand a major student riot. The only windows that were large were on the third floor and were designed with a slant so that rocks thrown from the ground would have a lesser chance of breaking the windows. The doors at the bottom of the school were all designed to be sealed from the inside. The 3rd floor - which housed the administration offices - is only accessible by stairwells that could be sealed off and a door to the outside that is only reachable by a "bridge".

The school has had some changes because of the needs of growing student body and the lack of need for security measures mentioned above; especially since the risk of student riot is near zero. The most obvious change reflecting this lessened need for security are the larger windows on the second floor which were part of a major renovation in the year 2000.


The quality of Harrison's academics has been on a continuing positive rise since the introduction of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme. Because of this program, the school has seen an influx of younger, enthusiastic teachers as well as newer, and more comprehensive curricula. The school has 10 Advanced Placement courses, and a comprehensive IB program. Harrison routinely sends a number of students to the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and a smaller number to Ivy league universities.

International Baccalaureate[edit]

Starting in the 2013-2014 school year, students have had the opportunity to take IB classes at Harrison High School. Prior to this, students wishing to obtain an IB diploma would have had to attend the International Academy in Bloomfield Hills, MI. The program will only be open to the class of 2015 and beyond.[2] Students will be able to take advantage of the Diploma Programme or take classes individually. Students can begin the Diploma Programme in eleventh grade, concluding at the end of twelfth grade.[2]


Farmington Harrison is well known as having some of the best athletic programs in the state of Michigan. Varsity sports include Baseball, Boys Basketball, Bowling, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming (sport), Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Softball, Ice hockey, Lacrosse, Sideline and Competitive Cheer (Poms), Wrestling, Color Guard, Swimming (sport)


Farmington Hills Harrison is most known athletically for its football team having won a record thirteen state championships and three runner-ups since 1981. It sends hundreds of players to division 1 college programs. Although Farmington Hills Harrison's Football team often fields only forty players, they routinely defeat much bigger schools, and have been extremely successful at the highest divisions of high school football in the state of Michigan. Because of their small numbers, Farmington Hills Harrison is also well known around the state for having players that routinely play on both sides of the ball as well as being one of the most conditioned teams in the state.

Harrison's overall record currently stands at 361-87-1 (W-L-T)[3] since being established 1970. In 2001, after five consecutive state football titles, Harrison was selected by Fox Sports as #6 of the top 50 high school programs in the nation, and #2 in the country in other national high school football rankings.[4] Following the Hawks 2010 State title, they entered the 2011 season as one of the top ranked high school football teams in the nation, being ranked as high as #1 in some polls.

The head coach is John Herrington. Herrington has been coaching football at Harrison since the school opened in 1970, and is in the Michigan Coaching Hall of Fame for both Football and Baseball which he coached at Harrison and North Farmington High School. The school's historic sports rival is crosstown foe Farmington High School whose football team has experienced a return to prominence in football recently. Additionally, a rivalry with nearby powerhouse Bloomfield Hills Brother Rice High School is burgeoning, as the two teams have met twice in three years in the playoffs since 2010, with the winner going on to win the state championship each time.


  1. ^ Michigan High School Athletic Association - Enrollment Figures & Classifications - 2013-14 Enrollment List
  2. ^ a b "Farmington Public Schools | International Baccalaureate (IB) Information". Farmington.k12.mi.us. 2012-12-07. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  3. ^ Michigan High School Football - All-time Michigan high school football scores - Farmington Hills Harrison Hawks
  4. ^ Fox Sports Scout.com - Final Fab 50 High School Football Team Ranking 31 December 2001.

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