Cass Technical High School
|Cass Tech, 2010
"Cass Tech No. 1, 2nd to none"
|2501 Second Avenue
Detroit, Michigan, United States
|Type||Examination School of Choice|
|Number of students||2400+|
|Color(s)||Hunter green and white|
|Affiliation||Detroit Public Schools|
Cass Technical High School (commonly referred to as Cass Tech) is a four-year university preparatory high school in Midtown Detroit, United States. The school is named in honor of Lewis Cass, an American military officer and politician who served as governor of the Michigan Territory from 1813 until 1831. The school is a part of Detroit Public Schools.
Until 1977, Cass was Detroit's only magnet school and the only non-neighborhood enrollment school in Detroit. Today, Cass is one of few magnet schools in Detroit. Entrance to Cass is based on test scores and middle school grades. Students are required to choose a curriculum path—roughly equivalent to a college "major"—in the ninth grade. Areas of study include, but are not limited to, architecture, music, business, human services, and chemical/biological sciences.
- 1 History and campus
- 2 Student
- 3 Academics
- 4 Music department
- 5 Athletics
- 6 JROTC program
- 7 Notable alumni and people
- 8 References
- 9 External links
History and campus
Lewis Cass Technical High School
|Location||2421 Second Ave, Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Architect||Malcolmson and Higginbotham, Albert Kahn|
|MPS||Public Schools of Detroit MPS|
|NRHP Reference #||10000644|
|Added to NRHP||March 29, 2011|
The school was founded on the third floor of the old Cass Union School in 1907. Its historic landmark building on Second Avenue in downtown Detroit was built in 1917. To the south of it an addition designed by Albert Kahn was built in 1985. The new, modern facilities of the school were built in 2004 in an adjacent lot to the north of the original building on Grand River Avenue.
In 2007 there was a large fire in the old structure. Complete demolition of the vacant Cass Tech building began in June 2011 and was finished by November. Pictures of the old historic structures, both from the outside and the abandoned inside floors and classes, can be seen here . In addition, a 3D floor-by-floor interactive map of the old building is available here  as well.
Following the fire in the old structure, it was demolished and removed by Homrich Demolition. Images and information on the demolition of the structure can be found in the Homrich Demolition project file. At time of demolition, the school building was approximately 830,000 square feet (77,000 m2) and weighed more than 100,000 short tons (91,000 t). Over 90% of the material in the building was recycled for other uses or as backfill.
In 2008 some classes that were not very popular with students were removed due to reduction in teacher staffing due to declining enrollment.
Based on current enrollment information, there are approximately 2,086 students that attend Cass Technical High School. There are 624 students in the ninth grade, 537 students in the tenth grade, 466 in the eleventh grade, and 459 in the twelfth grade.
Of the 2,196 students that attend Cass Technical High School, 1,951 (89.3%) of them are Black or African American, 89 (4.0%) are Asian American, 70 (3.2%) are Hispanic or Latino, 56 (2.6%) are White, 17 (0.8%) are Arab, and 2 (0.1%) are American Indian or Alaska Native.
Of the 2,086 students, there are 1,269 (60.8%) girls and 817 (39.2%) boys.
Cass Technical High School's average ACT score is 21, which is four points higher than the average for Detroit public high schools. Cass offers eleven advanced placement courses including language composition, history, chemistry, calculus, and physics. Students are required to maintain a 2.5 grade point average on a scale of 4.0 in order to retain enrollment. Cass Tech students' strong academic performances draw recruiters from across the country, including Ivy League representatives eager to attract the top minority applicants.
In 1984 Cass Tech was honored by the US Department of Education among 262 schools that should "shine as inspirational model for others" that included public and private schools.
In 2006 Cass represented DPS at the National Academic Games Olympics and won the Team Sweepstakes award.
Many highly noteworthy performers in jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and hip-hop idioms have graduated from Cass Technical High School.
Over the years, the choirs have produced two CDs and are now working on their third. Cass Tech has many choir groups, including the following:
- Concert Choir
- Madrigal Singers
- V-Jetts/ Vocal Jazz Ensemble
- Choral Genesis
- Cass Tech Men's Glee
- Mystique Women's Chorale
Harp and vocal
The Harp program, which was established at Cass Tech in 1925. Cass Tech is the only school in the city of Detroit with a Harp and Vocal Ensemble.
The harp ensemble is usually composed of five well-seasoned student harpists. They each receive private lessons, learning performance skills and the traditional techniques of the Carlos Salzedo Method. The group does perform outside of school related functions.
There are beginner, intermediate, advanced and jazz band classes, as well as a marching band. The CTMB (marching band) has performed for Patti Labelle, Sinbad, and Jay-Z as well as at various college and university, and homecomings. The marching band was also a part of the 2007 FedEx Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, but was not televised. In 2008, the band performed at Texas Southern University. In 2010, the CTMB participated in Norfolk State University's Homecoming and won first place in the McDonald's Battle of the Bands. In 2013 CTMB went to the 2013 inauguration for President Barack Obama.
The 2005–2006 Cass Tech String Quartet was the winner at the 2006 MASTA state-wide chamber music competition. The quartet was also featured in the 2006 Michigan Youth Arts Festival. The Cass Tech Chamber String Orchestra, the school's advanced orchestra, participated in the All City High School Symphony Orchestra program at the Renaissance Center's Ambassador Ballroom on March 8, 2007.
|MHSAA – PSL 1|
|Head Coach||Thomas Wilcher|
|Head Coach Years||14th|
|Head Coach Wins||101|
|Head Coach Losses||56|
|Stadium||Cass Tech Football Stadium|
|Stadium Surface||Natural Grass|
|League||D-PSL Division 1|
|Record (since 1950)|
|State titles||2 ('11, '12)|
|League titles||7 ('60, '63, '70, '94, '95, '98, '10)|
|State playoff appearance||26 times since 1950|
|NCAA Division 1 FBS/FCS Players since 1997||32|
|NFL Professionals since 1920||15|
The Cass Tech Technicians football team (also referred to as the Technicians) is a high school football program in Division 1 Public School League, representing Cass Technical High School.
Cass Tech won the 2011 and 2012 MHSAA Division I state championships.
|Detroit||Undrafted||Detroit Tigers (APFA)|
|Darris McCord||DE/DT/OE||6'6"||250||January 4, 1933
|Tennessee||1955, R3, P11||Detroit Lions|
|Ben John Paolucci||DT||6'2"||240||March 5, 1937
|Wayne State||Undrafted||Detroit Lions|
|Arnie Simkus||DE/DT||6'4"||245||March 25, 1943
|Michigan||1965, R6, P2||New York Jets|
|David Boone, Jr.||DE||6'3"||248||October 30, 1951
|Eastern Mich||1974,R11,P11||Minnesota Vikings|
|Aaron Kyle||CB/S||5'11"||185||April 6, 1954
|Tom Seabron||LB||6'3"||215||May 24, 1957
|Michigan||1979,R5,P1||San Francisco 49ers|
|Harlan Huckleby||RB||6'1"||200||December 30, 1957
|Michigan||1979,R5,P1||Green Bay Packers|
|Curtis Greer||DE||6'4"||256||November 10, 1957
|Michigan||1976,R1,P6||St. Louis Cardinals|
|Guy Frazier||LB||6'2"||217||July 20, 1959
|Thomas Sidney Sims||DT/NT||6'2"||288||April 18, 1967
|Pittsburgh||1990,R6,P14||Kansas City Chiefs|
|Pat Ivey||DE||6'4"||255||December 27, 1972
|Missouri||Undrafted||Green Bay Packers|
|A. J. Ofodile||TE||6'7"||260||October 9, 1973
|Clarence Williams||RB||5'9"||193||May 16, 1977
|Vernon Gholston||DE||6'3"||264||June 5, 1986
|Ohio State||2008,R1,P6||New York Jets|
|Joseph Barksdale ‡||OT||6'4"||325||January 1, 1989
|Will Campbell ‡||OG||6'4"||311||July 6, 1991
|Michigan||2013,R6,P10||New York Jets|
‡ Active NFL Pro
|Marc Parrish||Michigan||1982-1986||Captain of University of Michigan Swimming Team, All Big Ten, All American|
|Name||Position||Height||Weight (lbs)||Born||College||Drafted||Pro team|
|George Brown (basketball)||Forward||6'6||190||October 30, 1935
|Wayne State||4th round, 3rd pick
1957 NBA Draft
|Dorie Murrey||Forward–Center||6'8||215||September 7, 1943
|Detroit||2nd round, 2nd pick
1966 NBA Draft
Portland Trail Blazers
Baltimore Bullets (1944–1954)
|Derrick Dial||Guard||6'4"||184||December 20, 1975
|Eastern Michigan||2nd round, 23rd pick
1998 NBA Draft
|San Antonio Spurs
New Jersey Nets
|Chris Douglas-Roberts||Guard||6'7||200||January 8, 1987
|Memphis||2nd round, 10th pick
2008 NBA Draft
|New Jersey Nets
Track and field
Cass Tech's track and field history goes back to 1926 when Eddie Tolan and his teammate Loving won the interscholastic track meet at Northwestern University. Tolan came to be known as the "Midnight Express". He set world records in the 100-yard dash and 100 meters event and Olympic records in the 100 meters and 200 meters events. He was the first African-American to receive the title of the "world's fastest human" after winning gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters events at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. In March 1935, Tolan won the 75, 100 and 220-yard events at the World Professional Sprint Championships in Melbourne, Australia to become the first man to win both the amateur and professional world sprint championships. In his full career as a sprinter, Tolan won 300 races and lost only 7.
|March 1926||1st Place – National Champions|
|March 1927||3rd Place|
|March 1928||3rd Place|
Boys Track & Field Team State Championships
|1996||Detroit Cass Technical (Tom Wilcher)||Pontiac Northern|
|1995||Detroit Cass Technical (Tom Wilcher)||Detroit Chadsey|
|1994||Detroit Cass Technical (Tom Wilcher)||Ann Arbor Pioneer|
|1978||Detroit Cass Technical (Robert Glen)||Flint Southwestern|
|1926||Detroit Cass Technical (Bill Van Orden)||Kalamazoo|
Program is the largest organization in the school. It has a curriculum that includes Leadership Lab and Cadet Challenge, a drill team, and an honor guard team. The drill team is composed of: a First-Year Color Guard, an Open-Year Color Guard, an Armed Exhibition Team, an Unarmed Exhibition Team, a Female Armed Exhibition Team, an Unarmed Regulation team, and an Armed Regulation Team. The Armed Exhibition Drill Team was founded by Cadet Colonel Anthony James Cole (City of Detroit Corps Commander 1997–1998) in 1996, which opened the door for the Unarmed Exhibition Team and the Female Exhibition Team. The JROTC program has the "Gold Star Insignia", which is the highest attainable rank in the JROTC program, and has been maintained by the school since the early 1990s. In 2005, the Cass Tech Renegades Drill Team was selected to attend the National Drill Competition held in Daytona Beach, Florida. It was the first invite for the state of Michigan. The following year, the team was invited to return, leaving ranked fourth in overall performance. The honor guard team has attended many events throughout the city, including many parades and grand openings, as have the color guard and exhibition teams.
Notable alumni and people
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Art, architecture, design
- Harry Bertoia, was an Italian-born artist, sculptor, and modern furniture designer.
- John De Lorean, automobile executive, inventor of the DeLorean automobile.
- Niels Diffrient, 1928–2013, was an American industrial designer.
- Berta Rosenbaum Golahny, 1925–2005, was a painter, printmaker, and sculptor who drew on abstract form and bright color to depict the Cosmos, consciousness, and human tragedy.
- Ray Johnson, was a seminal figure of the Pop Art movement. “Founding Father of Mail Art" and pioneered the incorporation and use of language in the visual arts.
- Judy Pfaff, is an American artist, known mainly for Installation art.
- Charles Pollock, 1930–2013, was an American industrial designer.
- Gilda Snowden, 1954–2014, was a painter and instructor who resided in Detroit her entire life.
- Charles M. Wysocki, Jr., was an American painter, whose works depict a stylized version of American life of yesteryear.
Arts and entertainment
- Dorothy Ashby, American jazz harpist and composer
- Geri Allen, American post bop jazz pianist
- Sean Anderson aka Big Sean; hip-hop artist signed to Kanye West's Label (G.O.O.D. Music)
- Kenny Burrell, American jazz guitarist
- Ellen Burstyn, Won Academy Award for Best Actress in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore as Alice Hyatt, Tony Award Winner, Emmy Award Winner, Golden Globe Award Winner (did not graduate)
- Donald Byrd, American jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter
- Regina Carter, American jazz violinist
- Ron Carter, American jazz double-bassist
- Paul Chambers, American jazz bassist
- Alice Coltrane, was an American jazz pianist, organist, harpist, composer, and the wife of John Coltrane.
- Muriel Costa-Greenspon, was an American mezzo-soprano who had a lengthy career at the New York City Opera between 1963 and 1993.
- Jerald Daemyon, American electric jazz violinist, composer and producer known for bringing technical refinement to violin improvisation
- Delores Ivory Davis, was internationally recognized for her performances in opera, oratorio, and performances with the Springfield (Mass.) Symphony, St. Paul Symphony, and Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
- Elizabeth Elkin Weiss, 1925-, a noted pioneer of radio serials and early television in Detroit, Elizabeth Weiss née Elkin became known for her chameleon-like voice performances. In 2014, she returned to the stage in a production of Brundibár at the Detroit Opera House. Also a highly skilled painter, Weiss majored in Commercial Art at Cass Tech.
- Carole Gist, 1990 Miss USA, first African American woman to win the Miss USA title
- Wardell Gray, was an American jazz tenor saxophonist who straddled the swing and bebop periods.
- David Alan Grier, actor, comedian
- J. C. Heard, was a United States swing, bop, and blues drummer.
- Major Holley, was an American jazz upright bassist.
- Ali Jackson (musician), American jazz drummer.
- Philip Johnson American Actor, leading role in the Lifetime Original Movie, America
- Ella Joyce, American actress
- Roland Hayes Lawrence, Musician/Songwriter, Social Activist
- Hugh Lawson (jazz pianist), was one of many talented Detroit jazz pianists of the 1950s
- Donyale Luna, was a model, cover girl and actress.
- Howard McGhee, was one of the first bebop jazz trumpeters, together with Dizzy Gillespie, Fats Navarro and Idrees Sulieman.
- Al McKibbon, was an American jazz double bassist, known for his work in bop, hard bop, and Latin jazz.
- Billy Mitchell (jazz musician), was an American jazz tenor saxophonist best known for his work with Woody Herman when he replaced Gene Ammons in his band.
- Kenya Moore, 1993 Miss USA
- Naima Mora, American fashion model, America's Next Top Model Winner (4th Season)
- J. Moss aka James Moss, grammy award winning, American gospel singer-songwriter, composer, arranger, and record producer
- Greg Phillinganes, (1974) session keyboardist
- Della Reese, comedian, actress, later famous for playing Tess, the leading role on the television show Touched by an Angel
- Frank Rosolino, was an American jazz trombonist.
- Diana Ross, singer, actress-Graduated 1962, one full semester ahead of her classmates. Ross' major as listed in the Cass Tech Triangle Yearbook was "Home economics." Ross studied costume design as her curriculum path.
- Donald Sinta, is an American classical saxophonist, educator, and administrator. In 1969 he was the first elected chair of the World Saxophone Congress.
- Cornelius Smith Jr., actor, 2010 NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
- Lucky Thompson, was a United States jazz tenor and soprano saxophonist.
- Lily Tomlin, comedian, actress
- Jack White, acclaimed musician and member of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather.
- Gerald Wilson, influential Jazz trumpeter, Big Band leader and composer.
- Esther Gordy Edwards, former staff member and associate of her younger brother Berry Gordy's fabled Motown label during the 1960s. Edwards created the Motown Museum, Hitsville U.S.A., by preserving the label's Detroit studio.
- Peter Karmanos, Jr., is the CEO of Compuware Corporation and owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, Plymouth Whalers and Florida Everblades hockey franchises. (did not graduate)
- Tracy Reese, fashion designer
- Preston Thomas Tucker, who was an American automobile designer and entrepreneur.
- David H. Sanford, Professor of Philosophy at Duke University. He specializes in perception and metaphysics.
- Charles Gilchrist Adams, Inaugural William and Lucille Nickerson Professor of the Practice of Ethics and Ministry at Harvard Divinity School in 2007.
- Donald Sinta, Earl V. Moore Professor of Saxophone at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
- Daniel Okrent, is an American writer and editor.
- Raynetta Manees, is an African American best selling novelist. Manees was also a 1966–1968 member of the school's legendary Harp and Vocal Ensemble.
- Ed Gordon (journalist), American journalist
- Shaun Robinson, co-anchor and correspondent for the show Access Hollywood
- Pat Harvey, TV Anchorwoman, CBS Los Angeles, National Assoc. of Black Journalists Hall of Fame
- Toni Neal, Emmy award-winning broadcaster
- Terry Foster, Sports journalist, currently writes for The Detroit News and hosts a show on WXYT-FM.
- Michael Reghi, American television play-by-play announcer and radio sports talk show host.
- Gerald McDermott, is an award-winning filmmaker, children’s book author & illustrator as well as an expert on mythology.
Law, government, and public policy
- Ella Bully-Cummings, first female police chief of Detroit
- Cora Brown, was the first African-American woman elected to a United States state senate, winning a seat in the Michigan State Senate in 1952.
- Hansen Clarke, US House of Representative
- George Cushingberry, Jr., is an African American member of the Michigan House of Representatives.
- Lisa Howze, State Representative, Michigan
- Kwame Kilpatrick, former mayor of Detroit
- Kenneth Reeves, former Mayor of Cambridge, MA
- Barbara-Rose Collins, former US House of Representative
- John M. Carethers, Department Chair of Internal Medicine University of Michigan Health System
- Barbara Ross-Lee, First African-American Female Dean of a U.S. Medical College, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Vincent W. Patton III, is a retired Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard in the United States.
- Thomas E. White, is an American businessman, former United States Army officer, Senior exec. at the Enron and the 18th United States Secretary of the Army from May 31, 2001, until April 25, 2003.
- Paul Wurtsmith, was a United States Army Air Forces general during World War II.
- Joe Barksdale b. 198,...8, NFL OT for the St. Louis Rams
- David Boone b. 1951, NFL DE for the Minnesota Vikings
- Walt Clago b. 1899, NFL End for the Rock Island Independents
- Robert Dozier, 1993 inductee to the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame
- Aaron Kyle b. 1954, NFL CB for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos
- Carmen Fanzone, Former MLB player (Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs)
- Guy Frazier b. 1959, NFL LB for the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills
- Vernon Gholston b.1986, NFL LB/DE for the New York Jets
- Curtis Greer b. 1957, NFL DE for the St. Louis Cardinals
- Harlan Huckleby b. 1957, NFL RB for the Green Bay Packers
- Pat Ivey b. 1972, NFL DE for the Green Bay Packers
- Darris McCord b. 1933, NFL DE for the Detroit Lions
- A. J. Ofodile b. 1973, NFL TE for the Baltimore Ravens
- Ben John Paolucci b. 1937, NFL DT for the Detroit Lions
- Chris Douglas Roberts, NBA player for the New Jersey Nets, (did not graduate)
- Tom Seabron b. 1957, LB for the San Francisco 49ers
- Arnie Simkus, b. 1943 NFL DE/DT for the Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets
- Thomas Sims b. 1967, Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts
- Eddie Tolan, gold medal winner in the 100 and 200 meters events at the 1932 Summer Olympics 
- Clarence Williams (running back born 1977), NFL RB for the Arizona Cardinals
- George Brown (basketball), NBA Forward for Seattle SuperSonics
- Dorie Murrey, NBA Forward for Minneapolis Lakers
- Bill Mayfield, NBA Forward for Golden State Warriors
- Derrick Dial, NBA Guard for San Antonio Spurs
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- Official website
- Official website (Archive, 2000–2002)
- Detroit Public Schools profile
- Abandoned Cass Tech High School at Detroiturbex.com
- Cass Technical photos circa 2009 at Silentbuildings.com
- Blue Ribbon Schools program
- Program Overview[dead link]
- 2002 Governor's Cup Awards
- Annual Conventions of SSMA[dead link]
- Cass Tech talent
- Design Award
- Academic Games Olympics