Ernest W. Seaholm High School is a public school located within the Birmingham City School District in Birmingham, Michigan, serving grades 9-12. It is located at 2436 West Lincoln Road, Birmingham, Michigan 48009. Seaholm opened its doors for the first time in 1951 under the name Birmingham High. At the time, the Board of Education President was Ernest W. Seaholm (retired Chief Engineer for Cadillac) and the treasurer Wylie E. Groves. The principal who opened Birmingham High School was Ross Wagner. He walked the student body over from its previous location. John Schulz served as the next principal (1968–1979), Jim Wallendorf followed from 1979 - 1992. Seaholm and Groves names would be the source of the modern names of Birmingham's two main high schools: Seaholm High School and Groves High School. Seaholm's student body and athletes are represented by a maroon and white maple leaf mascot. The school has a comprehensive Division I sports program that includes wrestling and dance, Division II sports program that includes cross country running, baseball, hockey, basketball, tennis, volleyball, golf, lacrosse, swimming, competitive cheer, water polo, diving, and track & field, and Division III sports program that includes American football. For the 2011/2012 academic year Seaholm won a state championship in girls tennis and girl's cross country and was state runner-up in girls golf and girls swimming & diving. Seaholm also partnered with Birmingham Groves to win a state championship in girls lacrosse as Birmingham United. Seaholm won a state championship in girl's cross country in 2014 as well.
In addition to sports, the Forensics Team has consistently enjoyed success at the state-finalist level. Quiz Bowl team has also had success, winning a national championship in 1991 at the American Scholastics Competition Network Tournament of Champions and a state championship in 1994. The student newspaper, the Seaholm Highlander, has won multiple prestigious Spartan Awards from the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association. The Highlander celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2014.
Seaholm was ranked 347th in a Newsweek's 2012 list of the 1000 best public high schools in America.
^Newsweek's ranking is based on the ratio of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams taken by students to the number of graduating students that year, regardless of the scores earned by students or the difficulty in graduating. Schools with average SAT scores of above 1300 or average ACT scores of above 27 are excluded from the list.
^"HANDBOOK For Teachers of Japanese Students." (Archive) Japanese School of Detroit. p. 4 (4/12). Retrieved on June 19, 2013. "4. Now, about 1,000 students are studying at two different school buildings. a. West Maple Elementary School Kindergarten ~ 3rd grades b. Seaholm High School 4th ~ 12th grades"