Loyola High School (Detroit)
|Loyola High School|
|15325 Pinehurst Street
Detroit, Michigan, (Wayne County), 48238
|Motto||"Men for Others"|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|President||Rev. Mark Luedtke, S.J.|
|Asst. Principal||Scott Humphrey|
|Chaplain||Rev. James O’Reilly, S.J.|
|Average class size||12-15|
|Student to teacher ratio||8:1|
|Classes offered||College Prep|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Athletics||MHSAA Class C|
|Athletics conference||Catholic High School League|
|Sports||Football, Basketball, Cross Country, Track & field, & Baseball|
|Accreditation(s)||Michigan Assoc. of Non-public Schools|
|Average ACT scores||16-32|
|Affiliation||Society of Jesus; Archdiocese of Detroit|
|Dean of Students||Wyatt Jones III '98|
|Admissions Director||Michael Black '01|
|Athletic Director||Paul D'Luge|
Loyola High School is a Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition that nurtures a culture of hope and academic success for young men in Detroit who are serious about their future but are challenged by their urban environment. The high school prepares them to be men of Christian love, justice, and service who act with integrity, compassion, and courage. Loyola, an independent high school, is a partnership of students, staff, parents, the community, the Archdiocese of Detroit, and the Jesuits of the Detroit Province.
Loyola prepares every student for the next stage of his formal education beyond high school and equips him with the skills and values needed to live responsibly and productively. Although a Catholic high school, Loyola welcomes students of all faiths who understand its philosophy and who are willing to be guided by and contribute to it. Rooted in the Jesuit philosophy of education that aims to shape and develop the entire person, Loyola fosters self-discipline, reflection, and service to others.
Loyola High School is one of 47 Jesuit secondary schools in the United States. Every Jesuit school, in collaboration with parents and guardians, challenges its students to go beyond academic excellence, to be reflective, to be committed to the service of faith and the promotion of justice: to be "men for others." All students are given the opportunity to experience Jesus Christ in an atmosphere that respects religious differences and promotes inter-religious dialogue.
The goal of Loyola High School is to graduate young men who are marked by the following characteristics: Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving, Committed to Doing Justice.
In the early 1990s, the Detroit Board of Education proposed starting several all-male academies in an attempt to address the alarmingly high dropout rate of high school males. However, a U.S. District Court ruled that the plan violated the Michigan Constitution.
But recognizing that the Board’s plan had merit, Cardinal Adam Maida contacted Father Joe Daoust, S.J., Provincial of the Detroit Province Jesuits, to discuss taking on this project. A year-long feasibility study, conducted by Father Ken Styles, S.J., concluded a school of this type was needed and could be conducted on a non-public basis. The Archdiocese and the Province decided to jointly sponsor this project, the only such arrangement in the country.
In August 1993, Loyola Academy – as it was called in its early years – opened its doors to 43 ninth graders in a small wing of the former St. Francis Home for Boys at Linwood and Fenkell. Longtime Detroit educator, Father Malcolm Carron, S.J., served as President, with Father Styles as Principal and the late Wyatt Jones, Jr., as Dean of Students.
One year later, the school moved two miles west on Fenkell into the former St. Francis de Sales School, where it has remained. Adding one grade at a time, the school reached its full, four-year enrollment in the 1996-97 school year. On June 1, 1997, Loyola proudly graduated its first senior class. In fact, every member of Loyola’s graduating classes has been accepted into one or more colleges or universities.
A Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition, Loyola began as a concerned response to a pressing need in Detroit and its surrounding communities. With strong involvement of parents and staff at every step of the way, its graduates – truly "men for others" – demonstrate the level of academic, physical, social, and spiritual growth first envisioned by the school’s founders.
Loyola High School participates at the varsity level in the MHSAA Class C and Catholic High School League Intersectional/West division in football, cross-country, basketball, and track. In addition, there are junior varsity (JV) football and basketball programs, as well as a freshmen basketball team. Other extracurricular activities include Student Senate, Ski/Snowboard Club, Kappa League, Publications, Choir,Robotics, Service Club, Band, Photography Club, Jr. Optimist Club, National Honor Society, Debate team etc. .
Notes and references
- "The History of Loyola High School". Retrieved 2007-05-11.