Seaholm High School

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Ernest W. Seaholm High School
Established 1951
Type Public
Affiliation Birmingham City School District
Principal Deanna Lancaster
Students 1,350
Grades 9–12
Location Birmingham, Michigan, USA
Website Seaholm High School

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)[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]


At one time Seaholm High School hosted classes of grades 4 through 12 of the Japanese School of Detroit, a supplementary Japanese school.[4] In 2010, the JSD announced that it was relocating to Novi, Michigan.[5] It moved from Birmingham to Novi in the northern hemisphere summer of 2011.[6]

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  1. ^ Ernest W. Seaholm was named the Chief Engineer at Cadillac in 1921, and remained in that position until he retired in 1943.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ "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"
  5. ^ "Japanese School of Detroit to relocate to Novi." (Archive, PDF version, Archive) Novi Community School District. December 16, 2010. Retrieved on April 17, 2011.
  6. ^ "'Little Tokyo' thrives in Novi as Japanese population expands." (Archive) The Detroit News (posted at Northern Equities Group). December 19, 2011. Retrieved on November 7, 2012. Available in the archives of The Detroit News as 'Little Tokyo' thrives in Oakland", Document ID: det-129398628
  7. ^ The Woodward Connection | The Detroit News
  8. ^ Mike Binder - Biography
  9. ^ "Young Economist was 'Very Bright'", Zachare Ball, Detroit Free Press, June 6, 1984, page 12A. Beth Hayes graduated Seaholm High School in 1973.
  10. ^ Zikakis, Damian. "Seaholm High School Presents Oklahoma!" 19, 20, 26, & 27 Mar. 2004 8. Print.

Coordinates: 42°32′17.5″N 83°14′41″W / 42.538194°N 83.24472°W / 42.538194; -83.24472