Western International High School
|Western International High School|
|1500 Scotten Street
Detroit, Michigan 48209
|School district||Detroit Public Schools|
|Language||English and Spanish|
|Color(s)||red and white|
Western International High School is a secondary educational facility, located across from Clark Park, within southwest Detroit's Mexicantown. Western is operated by the Detroit Public Schools system.
WIHS holds no admission test; enrollment is open to all Detroiters of high school age. Western is the most culturally diverse public high school in Detroit; the student body is (approximate figures) 50% Hispanic/Latino, 30% African American, 10% Caucasian, and 10'% listed as "other".
Author and athlete Ken Doherty was a 1923 graduate of Western High School; Doherty went on to athletic fame as an All-American track and field performer at Detroit City College. During much of the 1920s, Doherty was the nation's best decathlon performer; he won a bronze medal in the decathlon at the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam. Doherty's Track and Field Omnibook (1971) is the world's most widely read publication on the sport of track and field.
Screenwriter John Briley (class of 1943) is an American writer best known for screenplays of biopics. He won the Academy Award For Best Original Screenplay at the 1982 Oscars for Gandhi. As well as film scripts, he has written for television and theatre, and published several novels.
Swimmer John Dudeck (class of 1952) was a nationally renowned athlete; as a WHS senior, Dudeck competed at the 1952 US Olympic Trials. On the collegiate scene, Dudeck swam for Michigan State University. A former Big Ten Conference record holder and two-time Big Ten titlist in the 100-yard breaststroke (1953, 54), Dudeck was a nine-time All-American for the Spartans (1953–55).
Todd Cruz (1955–2008) was a 1973 Western graduate who played six seasons of Major League Baseball. In 1982, Cruz hit 16 home runs and drove in 57 runs for the Seattle Mariners. One year later, as a member of the Baltimore Orioles, Cruz took part in the 1983 World Series.
Ron Simpkins was a 1976 graduate of Western High School. Ron then enrolled at the University of Michigan to play football for coach Bo Schembechler. While attending Michigan, Simpkins earned NCAA All-America recognition; he also won the school's John Maulbetsch Award in 1977, and team MVP honors in 1979. Ron would eventually become the university's all-time leading tackler. Upon graduation, Simpkins entered the National Football League draft; he was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 7th round (167th overall). Ron played in Super Bowl XVI at the Pontiac Silverdome, losing to Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers. Ron Simpkins would play in six NFL seasons before taking 1988 off; he returned for one more year in 1989 - with the Green Bay Packers. In the spring of 1990, Simpkins came home to coach football. During a career that spanned eighteen seasons, Ron was at the helm for the Cowboys of Western High School; he retired in 2007.
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