Southfield High School
|Southfeld Senior High School|
|"Where Blue Jays Soar"|
|Location||24675 Lahser Road,
Southfield, Michigan, United States
|District||Southfield Public Schools|
|Colors||Blue and Grey|
|Yearbook||'Blue and Grey'|
|Newspaper||The Southfield Jay|
|Website||Southfield High School|
Southfield Senior High School (often referred to as Southfield High) is a senior high school located in Southfield, Michigan. Founded in 1953, Southfield High is the oldest of three high schools in the district operated by Southfield Public Schools. The other high schools in the district are Southfield-Lathrup High School, and the University High School Academy, a program which is located in the building of Southfield High School.
- 1 History, milestones, and awards
- 2 Curriculum
- 3 Campus
- 4 Extracurricular activities
- 5 Notable alumni
- 6 Notable events
- 7 References
- 8 External links
History, milestones, and awards
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By the mid to late 1960's, Southfield High School (SHS) was fed by four junior high schools, Birney, Lederle, Levey, and Thompson. In the fall of 1967, students from Birney began to be sent to the newly opened Southfield-Lathrup High School, leaving SHS with the other three.
Southfield High is home to two of the Academies serving the Southfield Public Schools district, specifically the Engineering & Manufacturing Sciences Academy and the Global Business & Information Technology Academy. Both academies have separate entry requirements from the mainstream curriculum.
Engineering and Manufacturing Sciences Academy
Coordinator: Joseph Minnick
- Engineering Tech
- CAD/Adv CAS
- Engineering Design
- Electronics & Robotics
Global Business and Information Technology Academy
Coordinator Erin McBrien
Advanced placement options
Southfield High offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses in several different subjects including:
- United States History
- United States Government & Politics
- English Language and Composition
- English Literature and Composition
Summer reading program
Beginning the summer of 2005, all Southfield High students were required to read books from a preselected list over the summer. Honors and AP students received more books to summer read than other students.
Beginning with the 2005-2006 school year, a new dress code was instituted at the high school level, finalizing the process of bringing all of the Southfield Public Schools district under a dress code policy. All members of the Southfield School Board supported the measure and voted aye, except for Trustee Karen Miller. Ms. Miller voted no because she didn't feel that there was enough input from students in the development of the dress code. For the 2006-2007 school year, the dress code was tightened further so that it required all students to tuck in their shirts.
As of 2010, the dress code has become easier to follow for the female population. Males are still made to tuck in shirts and wear belts, while the female population is often found wearing leggings and not having the dress code enforced on them.
The campus is divided into several distinct zones called "houses", two of which are connected by glass hallways.
O House, a large two story building, is the oldest of the campus buildings. In addition to its many classrooms, O House contains administrative offices, the radio station, main auditorium, cafeteria, gymnasium, and swimming pool.
The letter "O" in O House is thought to stand for Original, because this building was originally the only building on the Southfield High Campus. Colloquially, however, the O is said to be an abbreviation for "old."
A and B House
Built in the 1960s, A House and B House, while also two story buildings, are considerably smaller than O House. A House holds the Blue Jay Cafe, a model restaurant for those in Culinary Arts classes, as well as the majority of the English department classrooms.
During the 2006 - 2007 academic year, A House was closed for renovation.
C and D House
Built in the 1980s, C House is also a two story building that contain classrooms.
In March 2006, D House opened as a new two story building adjacent to and connected with A House. This building was able to hold students and teachers relocated from parts of O House closed for renovation.
Recent renovations in A, B, C, and D House mean that the buildings are air conditioned, with updated facilities including flat panel television screens in each classroom, as well as combination DVD/VCR players.
- Newspaper - The Southfield Jay
- This newspaper has had numerous awards bestowed upon it for journalistic talent, including eight George H. Gallup Awards from Quill and Scroll. Over the past 10 years they have accumulated more than 60 awards.
- Yearbook - Blue and Gray
- Radio - WSHJ 88.3
- Business Professionals of America
- Project Manhood (Ended after the 2010-2011 school year)
- Man Up(A new male mentoring program started in the 2011-2012 school year)
- Project Womanhood
- Scholars Plus
- Sold Out for Christ
- A group of members united in religion.
- Southfield High School Marching Band "The Best Band in the Land"
- Principal's Council
- Poetry Club
- Social Circle
- Rotary Club
- Robotics Club
- The I.V.D Program
- I.V.D stands for "Innovative Vehicle Design"
- Since the programs start in 2008 Southfield High (Team #8) Has won numerous trophy's throughout numerous categories.
- I.V.D stands for "Innovative Vehicle Design"
- Intermural Sports
- Freshman Football
- Junior Varsity Football
- Varsity Football
- Freshman Boys Basketball
- Boys Junior Varsity Basketball
- Boys Varsity Basketball
- Freshman Girls Basketball
- Girls Junior Varsity Basketball
- Girls Varsity Basketball
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
Swimming Hockey Cheerleading
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- Robert Shiller, c/o 1963 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics in 2013 and New York Times columnist who started his writing career with his high school newspaper, The Southfield Jay.
- Ted Simmons, Major League Baseball player, St. Louis Cardinals. The athletic field (baseball diamond) of Southfield High School is dedicated to Ted.
- Bill Adler (c/o 1969), writer and hip-hop activist.
- Ruth Bennett (c/o 1969), writer and television producer
- Paul Saginaw (c/o 1969), restaurateur
- Rick Titsworth aka Rick Worthy (c/o 1985), television actor 
- Torin Dorn (c/o 1986), football player for North Carolina at cornerback, National Football League Draft, selected by the Los Angeles Raiders in the 4th round
- Kathy Kosins, singer and artist
- Debbie Schlussel (c/o 1986), attorney and political commentator.
- Dr. Michelle Forbes (c/o 1985), Fulbright scholar, Garifuna historical linguist
- Gabriel Watson (c/o 2002), football player, Michigan DT, NFL Draft, selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the 4th round
- Ira Newble (c/o 1993), forward for the National Basketball Association Los Angeles Lakers
- Karriem Riggins, jazz drummer and former member of the Ray Brown Trio
- Spencer Overton (c/o 1986), law professor, voting rights expert, and author
- Bobby Scales, current MLB player (Chicago Cubs)
- Blade Icewood, Born Darnell Lindsay
- Baker T. Holcomb (c/o 1959-***Honorary Alumni) Philanthropist, Fisherman: Owner of Baker T Booker C Charters-Rumored to have donated the property at 10 mile and Lahser where the school is built.
- Mert Rich (c/o 1965), Actor (The Second City), Writer/Producer Cheers, SCTV, 3 time Emmy winner
- Dan Montgomery (c/o 1987), world famous ragtime pianist, 5th at the world ragtime competition 2010
- Somnath Chowdhury (c/o 1998), 2 time Grand Award Winner at the Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit in 1997 and 1998
- Jason L. Tolbert (c/o 1995), television producer
- Dr. Rozlyn Linder (c/0 1993), educator, literacy consultant, and best-selling author.
- William J. Gurney (c/o 1999) Masters level Psychologist.
On November 22, 1967, The Who performed in concert along with local bands The Unrelated Segments ("Where You Gonna Go"), and the Amboy Dukes ("Journey To The Center Of The Mind"), with Ted Nugent featured very prominently as a member of the group .
- University High School Academy - The U: Home of the Soaring Bluejays!
- Ruth Bennett page on imdb.com, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0072045/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
- Wikipedia entry for Zingerman's, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zingerman%27s
- "The Who - Wed, 22 November 1967: Detroit, MI, Southfield High School."
- Southfield High School Official Website
- Student Dress Code
- Dress code extended to Southfield high schools. Detroit News (July 8, 2005)