Rochester Adams High School

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Rochester Adams High School (New)

Rochester Adams High School
3200 West Tienken Road
Rochester Hills, Michigan, 48306
United States
Coordinates 42°41′43″N 83°11′52″W / 42.6954°N 83.197843°W / 42.6954; -83.197843
Established 1889
School district Rochester Community Schools
Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaner
School number (248) 726-5200
Principal Kevin Cumming
Asst. Principal Debra Cooper, Chuck May
Grades 9-12
Gender Co-Ed
Enrollment 1,534 (2012-2013 school year)[1]
Color(s) Brown & Gold          
Athletics Oakland Activities Association, MHSAA
Mascot Highlander
Rivals Lake Orion Dragons
Rochester Falcons
Clarkston Wolves
Newspaper The Kilt
Class/Div A
Athletic Director Jason Rapp

Rochester Adams High School (also known as Adams High School, Adams, or AHS) is a high school located in Rochester Hills, Michigan, and is part of the Rochester Community Schools district. The majority of students reside within Rochester Hills and Oakland Township, with some coming from Orion Township, Rochester, and Auburn Hills. It shares the city's vicinity with Rochester High School and Stoney Creek High School. Adams consistently ranks as a top high school in Michigan and in 2014 U.S. News & World Report awarded Rochester Adams a Best High Schools gold medal.[2] The school garnered nation-wide attention in September 2014, when school officials refused to allow Lt. Colonel Sherwood Baker, a U.S. Army officer, onto the school grounds to visit his daughter because he was wearing his military uniform.[3] Rochester Schools Superintendent Robert Shaner quickly apologized for the incident, citing a private security firm's misunderstanding of district policy.[4]


  • 1966 - Property at the corner of Adams and Tienken Roads in Rochester Hills was purchased to be the site of the Adams High School Building.
  • 1967 – Bonds were sold to finance the cost of building the new high school.
  • 1968Architectural plans were developed by O’Bell, Hewlett, and Lookin'bash. Construction of the building began.
  • 1969 – Adams High School students were housed in the Rochester High School building from 12:30-5:20PM while RHS students attended in the morning. Adams and RHS shared the graduation ceremony.
  • 1970 – Adams High School opened its doors to 1100 students.
  • 1972 – Due to continued student enrollment, additional classrooms were built.
  • 1974 – A swimming pool complex was added to the Physical Education area.
  • 1986 – The outdoor mall areas were renovated to increase classroom space. The North Mall and an upper and lower hallway of classrooms were added to the back of the school.
  • 1987 – The physical education area was expanded to include an auxiliary gym, additional classrooms, and offices. Adams Stadium was built and the first home games were played under lights.
  • 1988 – Bleachers in the stadium were built. (Concession stand and press box were opened in 1993.)
  • 1988-89 and 1992-93 – National Exemplary School Award awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • 2000-2001 – Adams High School students move to Stoney Creek High School for the school year while extensive renovations and expansions take place. An auditorium is added to the facility.
  • 2001-2002 – Adams High School students return to a renovated school.
  • 2002 – Adams opened its Performing Arts Center. The state-of-the-art auditorium seats 546. Beautiful quilts have been designed and depict our performing arts history and are on display in the performing arts entrance.
  • 2005 – With the passage of the 2004 Bond, artificial turf was installed on the football and soccer playing fields. The first official home football game was played on the new turf on August 26 with a 17-0 win over league opponent, Clarkston High School.
  • 2011 – Students host the first charity hockey game, "Students on Ice" (SOI).
  • 2013 - New crimson red track is installed during mid-fall around the field.


Rochester Adams High School is an NCA Accredited public high school.

Student statistics[edit]

Rochester Adams High School Profile 2012/2013

Grade Students
9 416
10 372
11 274
12 369
Ungraded 3
TOTAL 1,534

Notable former students[edit]

Entertainers and musicians[edit]



Varsity sports[edit]

Adams has various boys and girls sports in the fall, winter, and spring seasons.[12]

Fall Winter Spring
Boys Cross Country
Track & Field
Girls Swim/Dive
Cross Country
Track & Field

State championships and runner-up[edit]

Sport Year Champions/Runner-Up Notes
Boys Golf 1978 State Champions
Girls Tennis 1987 State Champions
Girls Soccer 1990 State Runner-Up
Boys Golf 1990 State Runner-Up
Girls Soccer 1992 State Champions
Cheer 1995 State Runner-Up MCAA
Baseball 1995 State Runner-Up
Cheer 1996 State Runner-Up MCAA, MHSAA
Baseball 1996 State Runner-Up
Gymnastics 1997 State Runner-Up
Wrestling 1998 State Champions
Girls Soccer 1998 State Runner-Up
Boys Golf 1999 State Runner-Up
Wrestling 1999 State Runner-Up
Girls Golf 1999 State Runner-Up
Girls Soccer 1999 State Champions
Boys Soccer 1999 State Champions
Girls X-Country 1999 State Runner-Up
Gymnastics 2001 State Runner-Up
Boys Soccer 2001 State Runner-Up
Girls Tennis 2002 State Champions
Boys Swimming 2002 State Runner-Up
Gymnastics 2002 State Champions
Gymnastics 2003 State Champions
Football 2003 State Champions Record: 12-2
Cheer 2004 State Runner-Up MCAA
Gymnastics 2004 State Runner-Up
Cheer 2005 State Runner-Up MCAA
Cheer 2006 State Runner-Up MCAA
Girls X-Country 2006 State Champions
Boys Tennis 2007 State Runner-Up


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  2. ^ "Rochester Adams High School Overview". Retrieved 23 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Army Officer Denied Entry to His Daughter's High School for Wearing His Army Uniform". Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Michigan District Apologizes To Army Officer Denied Entrance Into Daughter’s School Over Uniform". Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  5. ^ Madonna Biography, Bio, Profile, pictures, photos from
  6. ^ Michelle Berube
  7. ^ MHSAA Boys Swimming Records
  8. ^ 2001-2002 NISCA Zone 4 Boys' Top 16 Performances
  9. ^ ASAP Sports - Tennis - 2004 - WIMBLEDON - June 25 - Amy Frazier
  10. ^ Back To Previous Page
  11. ^ Astronaut Bio: George D. Zamka (11/2007)
  12. ^ Michigan High School Athletic Association

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Coordinates: 42°41′43″N 83°11′52″W / 42.6954°N 83.197843°W / 42.6954; -83.197843