University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy

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University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy
U of D Jesuit Seal.jpg
8400 South Cambridge Avenue
Detroit, Michigan, 48221
United States
Coordinates 42°25′58″N 83°9′18″W / 42.43278°N 83.15500°W / 42.43278; -83.15500Coordinates: 42°25′58″N 83°9′18″W / 42.43278°N 83.15500°W / 42.43278; -83.15500
Type Private
Motto Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
("For the Greater Glory of God")
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) St. Ignatius Loyola, North American Martyrs
Established 1877
President Karl Kiser
Principal Anthony Trudel
Grades 712
Gender Boys
Enrollment 900 (2014)
Campus Urban
Color(s) Maroon and White         
Slogan Men for Others
Athletics conference Catholic High School League
Nickname Cubs
Rivals De La Salle
Brother Rice
Catholic Central
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Publication Inscape (literary magazine)
Newspaper Cub News
Yearbook Cub Annual
Tuition $11,660

The University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, (commonly referred to as U of D Jesuit, The High, Detroit Jesuit or U of D) founded in 1877, is one of two Jesuit high schools in the city of Detroit, Michigan (Loyola High School being the other). Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, the school is rooted in the Ignatian tradition. With the exception of female staff members, U of D Jesuit is an all-boys school, and in addition to the high school, operates an academy for young men in grades seven and eight. The school's mascot is the Cub; similarly, its athletic teams are the Cubs. The school colors are Maroon and White. Black, grey, and gold are sometimes used as alternate colors for athletic uniforms.

Jesuit education[edit]

The school operates according to Jesuit principles of education. Approximately 500 Jesuits have taught at U of D Jesuit since the school's founding in 1877, though today there are fewer Jesuits than lay faculty. As related in The Second Hundred Years, by Fr. P Joseph Keller, S.J., et al., a chronicle of U of D Jesuit's first century, lay faculty first joined the staff during World War I, and by the school's 100th anniversary in 1977, the lay to Jesuit ratio stood at nearly 3 to 2. In 2007 the school celebrated its 130 year anniversary, making it the oldest Catholic high school in the city of Detroit. The school was highlighted by Time (magazine) in its November 9, 2009 issue.


U of D Jesuit is a college preparatory school.

Students may also take advanced placement (AP) courses in American History their sophomore year; government or Modern European History their junior or senior years; and Spanish, Latin, English, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics or Biology their senior year. Chinese is offered as a foreign language.

History and Location[edit]

Acting through the provincial at St. Louis, Fr. Thomas O'Neill, S.J., agreed to found a school. The Second Hundred Years records that Bishop Caspar Henry Borgess, who had come to Detroit from Cincinnati on May 8, 1870, founded the school in the winter of 1876-1877.

Originally located at the Trowbridge Mansion on Jefferson Avenue, in 1890, the school moved across the street to Dowling Hall, a more spacious facility, able to better accommodate the influx of students. A new school was built at 8400 S. Cambridge, near Seven Mile Road in 1931. According to The Second Hundred Years, a centennial anniversary work, construction of the new building began in late 1930, although news that the school would move to what was then the city's edge had been circulating since 1923. Classes at the new campus were supposed to begin on September 9, 1931, but a polio epidemic kept all schools in the Detroit area closed for a few weeks. The first classes were held at 8400 S. Cambridge on Wednesday, September 23, 1931.

The campus at 8400 Cambridge, the campus has undergone several physical changes since 1931. In 1950 a new gymnasium was added, the largest in Detroit at the time, according to The Second Hundred Years. In 1992 a science center was built along with labs and departmental office space through the efforts of then-president Fr. Malcolm Carron S.J.

In 2001, as reported in The Michigan Chronicle (Suburban Edition), December 5–11, 2001, the school celebrated the completion of a $25 million fund-raising campaign, "Reclaiming the Future." Funds raised in that campaign paid for renovations and expansions to the campus, including restoration of the original chapel (which had been converted to a library in 1968 due to the requirements of Vatican II); construction of an addition to the building that included several new classrooms, a spacious art room and two new gymnasiums. Other funds from the campaign were used for faculty endowment and student financial aid scholarships. The "Reclaiming the Future" campaign was orchestrated by the school's then-president, Fr. Timothy Shannon S.J.

In 2005, after the closing of several Metro Detroit Catholic schools, University of Detroit Jesuit stated that it would waive its transfer rules for juniors coming from the closed schools, and accept students who have 3.0 or higher grade point averages.[2]

On April 6, 2006, U of D Jesuit started the public phase of a $22 million endowment campaign called "For the Greater Good", which is designed to support tuition assistance, faculty salary compensation, and other means of strengthening the school's core mission. In a March 29 April 4, 2006 Michigan Chronicle article, the school's president, Fr. Karl Kiser, defined the school's core mission as providing a quality education in a value-centered, and Christ-centered environment. Kiser also said it involves recruiting and retaining the best teachers in Southeast Michigan.

Kiser told the Michigan Chronicle that the "Reclaiming the Future" campaign had been about U of D Jesuit's body; "For the Greater Good" was about its heart and soul.

CBS Sports play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson, a 1985 graduate, served as emcee of the April 6 event, which also paid tribute to 20 former teachers, according to an article in the Michigan Chronicle's May 3–9, 2006 edition. Johnson told assembled students and alumni that having a chance to "come home and speak to my family," was the most special moment of his career. Johnson defined his "family" in this context as the teachers that affected and changed his life.

According to the Michigan Chronicle article, the $22 million endowment campaign seeks to raise $10 million each to help maintain the school's faculty; and to continue to provide tuition assistance. The remaining $2 million will go toward physical improvements to the campus. The article also reported that the public phase of the campaign was expected to run two to three years. Kiser's goal was for it to be a two-year effort.

In 2011, the planning of an addition to the Science Center began. The addition will consist of three additional floors, up-to-date science equipment, computer labs, and offices, such as Admissions and Billing. No construction has begun on the project. It is scheduled to open in late 2015.

Although U of D Jesuit was originally called the Detroit College, the register of students, which contains both the birth date and registration date, shows that the students were of high school age and younger. Students were placed according to their ability and background as well as their age. In fact, the youngest students were 9 years old, and college level classes weren't added until 1879, according to The Second Hundred Years. The first class of high school students were graduated into college courses, and in time, a separate college, the University of Detroit (now the University of Detroit Mercy, following the 1990 merger with Mercy College) broke off from the original school, both physically and legally.

Co-curricular activities[edit]


The Cubs are a member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association and compete in the Detroit Catholic League with Brother Rice High School, Detroit Catholic Central High School, St. Mary's Preparatory and De La Salle Collegiate High School as their primary rivals.

U of D Jesuit offers teams in 14 different sports - Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Hockey, Lacrosse, Skiing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track & Field, Wrestling.

The soccer team won the Michigan state championship in 2001 and was runner up in 1998; the Lacrosse team was the state runner up in 2005, 2008, and 2009 and reached the state semi-finals in 2007 and 2010; and in 2006, the Baseball team was also a state finalist. A swimmer - Tony Wahl- has won the state championship in the 100 yd. butterfly[3] two years in a row, and in 2007 set the state D1 record for the 200 IM, in which he was also the state champion. In 1966 and 1967 the swim team won the Catholic League championship and in 1967 Steve Waszak, a national merit finalist, was selected for the High School All-America team in the 100 butterfly.[4] In 1927, the golf team won the state championship, the first state title for U of D. The cross country team won its fifth straight regional trophy in 2006, and the track team won the Michigan state championship in 1993, the Detroit Catholic High School League A - B champions in 2006 for its fifth consecutive title and they also won their seventh consecutive regional trophy that same year. In 2005 the Hockey team advanced all the way to the Frozen Four and in 2010, they were the number one academic team in Michigan for the fifth consecutive year as well as MHSAA Regional Champions. The tennis team has been a state finalist in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. The ski team also advanced to the state championship placing 8th in 2002, 8th in 2004 and 9th in 2006. The basketball team won the CHSL Central Division, regular season, and playoff championships in the 2012-2013, along with a District championship and an appearance in the Regional championship game. The basketball team set a school record for wins (19), won their first CHSL playoff championship since 1992, and won their first regional semifinal since 1990. Three players were selected to the All-Catholic team

Other activities[edit]

The Quiz Bowl team won the National Championship in 2012, as the first team from Michigan and first Catholic School to win the title. Starting in 2004, the FIRST Robotics team has competed in the state tournament. In 2009, the First Robotics team, The RoboCubs, qualified and competed in the First World Championship in Atlanta. From 1987-2002, the Model United Nations team earned the highest possible school award - the "Outstanding School" award - at North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN) held in Washington, DC.[citation needed] The school regularly helps out in the local community, participating in many different service activities from food delivery to landscape cleanup. U of D also features a stellar music program which includes marching band, symphonic band, string orchestra, choir, and jazz band.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  2. ^ Pratt, Chastity, Patricia Montemurri, and Lori Higgins. "PARENTS, KIDS SCRAMBLE AS EDUCATION OPTIONS NARROW." Detroit Free Press. March 17, 2005. News A1. Retrieved on April 17, 2011. "U-D Jesuit will waive its transfer rules and accept transferring juniors from the closed schools if they have a 3.0 grade point average."
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  4. ^ UDJHSA - Alumni Sports Swim Team Archive Index Page

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