Romeo High School

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Romeo High School
Romeo High School from 32 Mile Road
Home of the bulldogs.
Address
11091 West 32 Mile Road
Romeo, Michigan, United States
Coordinates 42°48′11.90″N 83°01′38.46″W / 42.8033056°N 83.0273500°W / 42.8033056; -83.0273500Coordinates: 42°48′11.90″N 83°01′38.46″W / 42.8033056°N 83.0273500°W / 42.8033056; -83.0273500
Information
Type Public High School
Established 1867
School district Romeo Community Schools
Principal Michael Kaufman
Asst. Principal Melissa Arendts, Dan Stevens
Grades 9th-12th
Enrollment 1,809
Campus Rural
Color(s) Red and White          
Mascot Bulldog
Rival Utica High School
Yearbook The Juliet
Website

Romeo High School is located in northern Macomb County, Michigan approximately 30 miles north of the city of Detroit. Romeo provides a comprehensive 9-12 academic curriculum for students, including College Prep, Independent Study, Vocational, Technical, and Mentor programs. Advanced Placement Courses are offered in English Language, Literature, Calculus, French, Spanish, U.S. History, Music, Studio Art, Computer Science, Statistics and others. Numerous athletic, social, and service opportunities are available for students. Most famously, Romeo is known for being the High School that Grammy nominated recording artist Robert Ritchie, aka Kid Rock attended.

History[edit]

Buildings and locations[edit]

Romeo Academy[edit]

In 1833, Romeo Academy was formed, providing education beyond the primary years from the North Primary School. The Romeo Academy was located inside the Romeo Congregational Church. The Academy was modeled after the successful academies of the East Coast to provide higher education for the local families.

Dickinson Institute[edit]

In 1854, the Dickinson Institute was formed to replace the Romeo Academy, acting as a high school. The Dickinson Institute provided education until 1867, when Bruce School District and the Washington School District formed a union school district. The Dickinson Institute was then used as the high school for the new Union School District until 1885 when a new school was built. Romeo High School was dedicated on September 4th, 1885 and provided free education for grades seven through twelve. Students from outside the school district were required to pay tuition if they wished to attend. In 1927 the school had a large wing added onto the building. By 1955 it was decided to construct a new high school, in 1957 Romeo High School then moved to its current location on 32 Mile Road. The old high school was then transformed into Romeo Middle School.

Present day Romeo High School[edit]

In 1957, a high school was built on 32 Mile Road at its present day location. The building had various changes in 1967, and numerous projects have been completed since then adding various wings to the building to accommodate for the large student population. At one time students were taught in outdoor trailers designed as portable classrooms until additions were completed.

Romeo High School Pictures

Satellite School[edit]

The school district wanted to create a brand new high school but funding failed. Funding was approved to build a satellite school, and Romeo Engineering and Technology Center was built in 2003. Most of the school's technology and career related classes have been moved to the new building. Currently students who wish to attend can either drive or take a bus to the school. Students who take a bus are required to stay at the RETC for half the day to allow the buses to operate effectively, this is often referred to as AM or PM RETC. Students who drive are given more flexibility and can drive between the High School and RETC to allow mixed class hours instead of having to spend half of their day at RETC. The RETC was also built and designed to be added on so that if future funding is provided the school can be added onto in hopes of creating a large high school to replace the current crowded high school.

Mascots[edit]

The original mascot was the Peachman. In 1946, Dan Barnabo changed the mascot to the Bulldog. The first mascot was Barnabo's pet bulldog, Sevens.

Achievements[edit]

Romeo High School was recognized as being an Evergreen school on April 11th, 2011. [1]

Incidents[edit]

On September 27, 2004, a former student who had been transferred to an alternative education facility came back to the high school and stabbed his ex-girlfriend in the back with a kitchen knife. The victim was transferred to a local area hospital. Immediately after the attack, the school district went into lock down until the suspect was apprehended in a ditch not far from the high school. The attacker was charged with assault with intent to commit murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, and carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent to do great bodily harm and was sentenced for 10–15 years. The victim made a full recovery despite the weapon damaging several vital organs and coming close to stabbing her heart.[2][3]

On May 13, 2011, several students engaged in hacking into the school's computer network. Four students were suspended for their actions and an outside computer specialist was called to help patch the network.[4][5]

On March 23, 2012, a student notified the high school office that a student was seen with a gun during the RETC passing time. Both the high school and the RETC went into immediate lock down. The student who made the claim revoked his statement saying it was false and the lockdown was lifted. The student faces legal action and prosecution from the school district.[6][7][8]

On February 11, 2014, a student reported a controversial homework assignment to the local news station. The assignment for Biology was about DNA, however, the assignment was asking students to figure out who the real father was of the child and then to determine who had parental rights if the state took the child. Essentially focusing on being a 'baby daddy', the assignment was controversial.[9]

Vision statement[edit]

To cultivate self-fulfilled, productive, contributing members of society who are committed to making a positive difference.

Mission statement[edit]

Romeo High School is a community dedicated to the empowerment of all through: Perseverance, Responsibility, Integrity, Dignity, and Educational Excellence (P.R.I.D.E.).

Activities and Clubs[edit]

  • Tech : Tech is an after school activity where students design and build sets for the school plays.
  • Link Crew: Link Crew is a high school transition program that welcomes freshmen to make them feel comfortable throughout the first year of their high school experience. Link Crew is built on the belief that students can help students succeed.
  • National Honor Society: NHS is an organization that recognizes students who show achievement in character, scholarship, leadership, and service.
  • S.E.R.V.E.: S.E.R.V.E. is a program that betters the community through different activities and acts of kindness.
  • Theater: The Theater Club hosts many plays during the school year.
  • Student Council: Student Council hosts dances and other activities every year.
  • Ski Club: Students can go off as a large group in the winter to ski at Pine Knob.
  • DECA: DECA is a business related competition.
  • Science Olympiad: Science Olympiad allows students to compete in various science related events.
  • Yearbook: Yearbook works on the schools yearbook, The Juliet.
  • Key Club: A service club that focuses on changing the lives of other children.
  • Forensics: Forensics is a club that is a type of acting, related to the Forensics class offered at the school.

Athletic Programs[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Adjacent high schools[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Romeo, Michigan: Northern Macomb County's weekly newspaper since 1866". The Romeo Observer. 2014-01-08. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  2. ^ "When Young Love Turns Dangerous - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. 2006-05-18. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  3. ^ "Romeo High School | Trench Reynolds". Trenchreynolds.me. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  4. ^ "4 Romeo High School students caught hacking into the emails of administrators". Wxyz.com. 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ "No gun found at Romeo High School, students being checked and released". Wxyz.com. 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  7. ^ [2][dead link]
  8. ^ "Gun Scare At Romeo High School A Hoax « CBS Detroit". Detroit.cbslocal.com. 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2014-01-15. 
  9. ^ "Romeo High School bio homework raises eyebrows, controversy. « WDIV Detroit". clickondetroit.com. 2014-02-11. Retrieved 2014-02-12. 
  10. ^ "NEWBERRY, John Stoughton, (1826 - 1887)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Kid Rock surprises Romeo High School students at assembly". WXYZ Detroit. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 

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