Southfield High School

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Southfeld Senior High School
"Where Blue Jays Soar"
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Type Public school
Principal Michael Horn
Students 1600
Grades 9–12
Location 24675 Lahser Road,
Southfield, Michigan, United States
Coordinates 42°28′12″N 83°15′43″W / 42.47°N 83.262°W / 42.47; -83.262Coordinates: 42°28′12″N 83°15′43″W / 42.47°N 83.262°W / 42.47; -83.262
District Southfield Public Schools
Colors Blue and Grey
Mascot Blue Jays
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,[1] a program which is located in the building of Southfield High School.

History, milestones, and awards[edit]

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.

Curriculum[edit]

Academy learning[edit]

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[edit]

Coordinator: Joseph Minnick

Courses offered:

  • Engineering Tech
  • Drafting
  • CAD/Adv CAS
  • Engineering Design
  • Electronics & Robotics

Global Business and Information Technology Academy[edit]

Coordinator Erin McBrien

Courses offered:

Advanced placement options[edit]

Southfield High offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses in several different subjects including:

Summer reading program[edit]

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.

Dress code[edit]

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.

Campus[edit]

The campus is divided into several distinct zones called "houses", two of which are connected by glass hallways.[1]

O House[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

  • 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
    • FIRST ROBOTICS Robotics – TechnoJays (Team #94)
      • FIRST is an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.
      • The TechnoJays are the 2008 Buckeye Regional Finalists, having finished second overall
    • OCCRA Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association
Participates in OCCRA and FIRST Robotics competitions.
  • 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.
  • Intermural Sports
Golf
Tennis
Football
Freshman Football
Junior Varsity Football
Varsity Football
Basketball
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

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable events[edit]

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 .[2]

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