Southwestern High School (Michigan)

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Southwestern High School
Address
6921 W. Fort Street
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Information
Type Public secondary
School district Detroit Public Schools
Faculty 37
Grades 9-12
Number of students 580
Mascot Prospectors
Website
Southwestern High School

Southwestern High School was a high school in Southwest Detroit, Michigan, USA. It is part of the Detroit Public Schools district. The school's area, Southwest Detroit, has the majority of Detroit's Latino population.[1] The school was located in a three story building.[2] It closed in 2012.

The school served Boynton–Oakwood Heights, Delray, and Springwells Village.[3]

History[edit]

For several years the district had considered closing Southwestern. Robert Bobb, who served as the Detroit Public Schools emergency manager, had almost closed Southwestern. By February 2012 the school district announced that it had plans to close Southwestern at the end of the school year. Several protestors challenged the school closing proposal. Aaron Foley of MLive said that the protestors were concerned about a loss of bilingual education employees and fears of a rivalry with students at Western International High School.[1] The school closed. It students were moved to Northwestern High School and Western International. The school's contents were made for sale over the internet in October 2012. DPS officials said that making the sale online would save $85,000 of school funds.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Jazz Guitarist, Tim Bowman
  • Former NBA basketball player, Jalen Rose
  • In 1926, Prospector trackman Kalman Bator won the Michigan High School Athletic Association title in the javelin throw. Seventy-four years later, William Agee became the first Southwestern student-athlete since Bator to win a MHSAA championship; Agee took first place in the 110-meter high hurdles, at the 2000 state finals.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Foley, Aaron. "Closing southwest Detroit schools would be devastating, protesters say." MLive. Saturday February 25, 2012. Retrieved on November 1, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Satyanarayana, Megha. "Contents of Southwestern High School go up for sale online today." Detroit Free Press. October 18, 2012. Retrieved on November 1, 2012.
  3. ^ Detroit Public Schools (2011). "DPS high school boundary map". Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.mhsaa.com/Sports/BoysTrackField/IndividualChampions/1920s.aspx
  5. ^ http://www.mhsaa.com/Sports/BoysTrackField/IndividualChampions/2000s.aspx

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°18′11″N 83°06′31″W / 42.3031°N 83.1086°W / 42.3031; -83.1086