Shrine Catholic High School

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Shrine Catholic High School
3500 West 13 Mile Road
Royal Oak, Michigan, (Oakland County), 48073
United States
Coordinates 42°31′5.5″N 83°11′23.5″W / 42.518194°N 83.189861°W / 42.518194; -83.189861Coordinates: 42°31′5.5″N 83°11′23.5″W / 42.518194°N 83.189861°W / 42.518194; -83.189861
Type Private, Coeducational
Motto At Shrine Catholic Academy, we foster the industry, integrity, and intellect of each student in a Christ centered middle school environment.
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1941
Founder Fr. Charles Coughlin
Principal Bernadette Sugre
Vice principal Michael Reece
Head of school Msgr. William Easton
Grades 912
Enrollment 280 (2010)
Campus size 20 acres
Color(s) Navy and Gold         
Fight song Shrine Victory Song
Athletics conference Catholic High School League
Mascot Knight
Nickname Shrine
Team name Knights
Accreditation Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools
Average ACT scores 24.8 English
23.5 math
24.4 reading
23.0 science reasoning
24.0 composite[1]
Newspaper 'The Observer'
Yearbook 'Spirit'
Tuition $12,200
Dean of Students Michael DeBruyn
Dean of Academics Kathy Sparks
Director of Admissions Meg Armstrong
Athletic Director Tim Dobrzeniecki

Shrine Catholic High School is a private, co-educational, Roman Catholic secondary high school located in Royal Oak, Michigan, affiliated with National Shrine of the Little Flower Church. It has an attached middle school called the "Academy". Originally founded as an all-girls school in the late 1930s as "Little Flower High," the parish added the all-boys school "Shrine High School," eventually merging the two.


Father Charles Coughlin helped establish the institution while serving as one of the first Roman Catholic priests to preach to a widespread audience over the medium of radio during the Great Depression. His program became increasingly controversial as World War II approached, bringing national attention to the parish. The Bishop finally asked Fr. Coughlin to give up his radio show, which he did. The school maintained the title "Shrine of the Little Flower High School" into the 1960s, when it became "Shrine High School" until its latest name change in 2001.

The school was originally more than double its current enrollment of approximately 300 students in the 1960s and 1970s, but higher admissions standards steadily reduced enrollment over the decades. Principal Thomas P. Kirkwood led the school for 40 years before his recent retirement. (Kirkwood was the first lay principal in the Archdiocese of Detroit.)

Students must be evaluated by their current teachers in six subjects as well as an overall behavior and attendance assessment. Prospective students must take a specific placement test for Shrine as well as achieve high marks on the SLEP test and their National Standardized Tests. They must have also achieved high grades in the past at their old school. In addition, a video interview is required, submitted either by DVD or by Skype.

Shrine offers several Advanced Placement courses, including Calculus and English, World History and US History, and prides itself in requiring four years of religion courses for all students. Shrine has a National Honor Society chapter and honors seniors annually through Phi Beta Kappa. The student body is a majority Catholic, but a substantial minority of Protestants and believers of other faiths also attend. It is about 86% Caucasian-American, 7% African-American, 5% Asian-American, and 2% Hispanic-American.


Shrine's campus is located on 20 acres in Royal Oak, Michigan. Features of the school include a chapel, learning resource center, an academic and college counseling center, three science labs, a two-story visual arts lab, a large library, football and baseball fields, a track, a fitness center, and a recently renovated student center dining hall. A brand new field house and the new Sanders Auditorium are the result of a recent renovation. Current technology is found throughout the school.


Shrine participates in the Michigan High School Athletic Association and is a member of the Catholic High School League in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. The school has placed 17 athletes into the CHSL Hall of Fame.[2]

Shrine's sports include men's and women's basketball, bowling, cross-country, football, men's golf, men's hockey, men's and women's soccer, women's softball, women's swimming, women's volleyball and men's and women's tennis.

CHSL Championships[edit]

Sport Championship Years
Boys' Basketball 1948, 1955, 1978[3]
Girls' Basketball 1978, 1991, 1994[4]
Competitive Cheer 2002[5]
Boys' Cross-Country 1974, 1975, 1977, 2010 [6]
Girls' Cross-Country 1979, 1981, 1983, 2010, 2012 [7]
Football 1970, 2000, 2001, 2008[8]
Boys' Golf 1954, 1955[9]
Girls' Soccer 2008, 2009[10]
Softball 1980, 2008, 2013 [11]
Boys' Tennis 2007[12]
Girls' Tennis 2003[13]
Boys' Track 2007[14]
Girls' Track 1979, 1980[15]
Volleyball 1981, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008[16]

State championships[edit]

Sport Championship Years
Boys' Golf 1950, 1952[17]
Boys' Cross-Country 1973, 1974[18]

Notable alumni[edit]


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