Osborn High School

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Osborn High School[1] (Osborn College Preparatory Academy) is an educational complex operated by Detroit Public Schools (DPS). It is located at 11600 E. 7 Mile Road, Detroit MI, 48205-2112. The current principal is Senta Ray-Conley.[1]

The school has over forty programs to offer, some of which are: Engineering Design, Agricultural Science, Forensics, French, Spanish, Dual Enrollment through WCCCD, Honors and AP Classes, Accelerated Math/Reading, Study Island Web-Based Academic Tutoring, Extended Day Program, Credit Recovery Program, Internship Programs, Community Service Opportunities, Robotics Team, Poetry Club, Literacy Circles, Chess, DAPCEP, Media Club, Cotton Candy Press, Book Club, Recycling Program, Technology & Engineering Club, French Club, Alternative Energy Greenhouse, Drama, Cheerleading, Student Government, Basketball, Football, Softball, Baseball, Volleyball, Tennis, Golf, Track and Field, and Cross Country.[2]


Laura F. Osborn High School was opened in February 1957. It was named after the first female presidemt of the Detroit Board of Education. When opened it had no auditorium, gym or pool, no facilities for vocational courses such as automotive. It took the Board of Education over 4 years to develop these, although the funds had been appropriated before January 1957. On the northwest side, Osborn's 'sister' school, Henry Ford had these facilities built by the end of 1959. Parents of Osborn students inquired and made visits to the Board offices and never received positive answers regarding the delay. The first student newspaper was called The Lance, the masthead designed by Gregg T. Trendowski(Class of June 1960). The teams were named the Knights, a name suggested by Gregg Trendowski (a member of the first student council and member of a special committee for name selections). Mr. Trendowski also designed the team logos and the yearbook (The Acolyte)logo in February 1957. In 2006 Kimberly Chou of The Michigan Daily said that the school was "often criticized for its lack of resources and tension among students."[3]

In 2010 Robert Bobb, the emergency financial manager of the school district, announced that Osborn was closing.[4] In July 2010 Osborn High School was closed; it reopened in August of that year. DPS officials planned to keep the facility open for two years.[5]

An April 2011 report from the office of Mayor of Detroit Dave Bing stated that gangs have caused problems at Osborn High.[6]

Jeff Siedel of Detroit Free Press said that in the northern hemisphere summer of 2011 "as a wave of violence swirled around" Osborn as several students died in violent incidents.[7] On August 24, 2011, Osborn High star football player, Allantae Powell, was murdered in western Detroit.[7]

As of 2013, about 20 to 30 Hmong students attend Osborn High School. The Hmong population in the Osborn neighborhood had declined due to Hmong people moving to Warren and Sterling Heights.[8]

Vision Statement[edit]

We are dedicated to the belief that a student is the most important and valued person in the school. We are committed to providing students with rigorous and inquiry-based instruction in a nurturing environment that supports positive interactions and relationships to help students achieve to their full potential.[9]

Mission Statement[edit]

The mission of Osborn College Preparatory Academy is to prepare students to become college ready, self-directed, independent learners who will become productive members in society. We will develop partnerships with parents, staff members, support personnel and community partners to assist students in attaining these goals.[10]


The school's Hall of Fame includes student who had athletic success in regional and state competitions, including Kelsey Johnson, who won the long jump event at the 1973 Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) track and field finals,[11] and Jimalatrice Thomas who won the 400-meter dash title at the 1988 MHSAA championships.[12]


Skillman, United Way of Southeastern Michigan, City-Year Corp., Wayne Mediation, Children’s Aid Society, Made Men, Neighborhood, ISA (Institute for Student Achievement), Black Family Development, Think Detroit P.A.L., Osborn College Preparatory Academy L.S.C.O., Osborn Neighborhood Alliance, and Detroit Parent Network.[13]


  1. ^ a b "Osborn College Prep". 
  2. ^ "Offerings". 
  3. ^ Chou, Kimberly. "[1]." The Michigan Daily. December 7, 2006. Retrieved on March 13, 2012.
  4. ^ Gaddis, Mildred. "High school closure plan rocks Detroit neighborhood." WCBH. March 18, 2010. Retrieved on November 8, 2012.
  5. ^ Anderson, Elisha. "Osborn High School to reopen; remain open for 2 more years." Detroit Free Press. August 10, 2010. Retrieved on August 10, 2010.
  6. ^ Hunter, George and Mike Wilkinson. "Detroit's deadliest neighborhood." The Detroit News. September 2, 2011. Retrieved on November 8, 2012. "Gangs have caused big problems at Osborn High School on Seven Mile and Hoover, according to an April report from Mayor Dave Bing's office."
  7. ^ a b Siedel, Jeff. "Jeff Seidel: Detroit Osborn football team tries to learn lessons from star's murder." Detroit Free Press. August 24, 2012. Retrieved on November 8, 2012.
  8. ^ Lewis, Matthew (Model D). "Young and Hmong in a Detroit east side neighborhood." MLive. September 29, 2013. Retrieved on February 19, 2014.
  9. ^ "Osborn College Prep Statement". 
  10. ^ "Osborn Mission". 
  11. ^ http://www.mhsaa.com/Sports/BoysTrackField/IndividualChampions/1970s.aspx
  12. ^ http://www.mhsaa.com/Sports/GirlsTrackField/IndividualChampions/1980s.aspx
  13. ^ "School's Partners". 

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Coordinates: 42°26′02″N 83°00′13″W / 42.4340°N 83.0035°W / 42.4340; -83.0035