Belleville High School (Michigan)

Coordinates: 42°12′12″N 83°29′35″W / 42.2033°N 83.4931°W / 42.2033; -83.4931
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Belleville High School
501 West Columbia Ave


United States
Coordinates42°12′12″N 83°29′35″W / 42.2033°N 83.4931°W / 42.2033; -83.4931
School typePublic Secondary
MottoHome of the Tigers
School districtVan Buren Public Schools
PrincipalNicole Crockett
Faculty72.50 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,697 (2018–19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio23.41[1]
Color(s)   Orange and black
RivalsRomulus High School Eagles
Lincoln High School Railsplitters
YearbookTiger Lore
Educational-access stationWBHS Channel 19

The current Belleville High School completed in 2012
Student assessments
2021–22 school
Change vs.
prior year[2]

M-STEP 11th grade proficiency rates
(Science / Social Studies)
Advanced %10.5 / 11.9
Proficient %18.4 / 26.2
PR. Proficient %14.5 / 47.3
Not Proficient %56.6 / 14.6
Average test scores
SAT Total917.3
(Decrease −64.2)

Belleville High School is a public high school located in Belleville, Michigan and the only zoned high school in the Van Buren School District.


In 1953, a fire destroyed the third floor of Belleville High School. The blaze began in a basement store room and swept to the second and third floors via a nearby ventilating shaft. No one was injured, but the second and third floors were damaged beyond use for the rest of the school year. The third floor had remained closed, and before the demolition of the building classes continued on the first and second stories.[3]

During the Winter of 2010, the Van Buren Public Schools Board of Education approved the accelerated schedule that the architect of Fanning Howey and Granger Construction presented. The new Belleville High School was built just east of the location where the old Belleville High School stood. The new school was completed in the Summer of 2012 and school was in session for the first time (at the new school) on September 4, 2012. The class of 2013 will be the first to graduate from the new school.

As of August 2012, the old Belleville High School was demolished, excluding the music wing, auditorium, and cafeteria.

WBHS Channel 19[edit]

In 2000, Comcast set the school up with an educational access station which would come to be called WBHS Channel 19. The station is almost entirely run by students[4][5] taking the year-long "Channel 19" course with only the aid of one instructor and the occasional alumni volunteer. The station broadcasts the daily produced morning announcements, student projects, Semi-annual live telethons and other events from around the area which are either taped by the high school's T.E.C. Club or submitted by parents & staff. The station itself is shown on channel 19[6] as well as HD channel 902 in Comcast's Van Buren Township Corp, 9502.[7][8]


Belleville's team rivals are the Lincoln High School Railsplitters and the Romulus High School Eagles.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Belleville High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "MI School Data Annual Education Report". MI School Data. Retrieved 2023-01-10.
  3. ^ "BHS Points of Pride and History". Archived from the original on 2008-08-07. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  4. ^ Kuban, Kurt (July 12, 2001). "Popular BHS video program making impact in Hollywood". Canton Observer. Vol. 27, no. 2. With more than 200 active students, Belleville High School's video production program is one of the school's most innovative and popular programs. Students in the program learn every aspect of video production and programming, and even run their own cable television station. The shows they produce are watched on a regular basis by many in the community. Not bad for something that began as a small club with just a handful of students back in the late 1980s, The program is the brainchild of teacher Steve Wilson, who previously spent 17 years as the school's auditorium manager.
  5. ^ Otzman, Rosemary K. (April 4, 2013). "Image caption". Belleville Independent. Vol. 19, no. 14. Belleville, Michigan. a very active video club that produced a vibrant educational cable channel 19, with live and recorded school board meetings.
  6. ^ Otzman, Rosemary K. (May 14, 2014). "Extra things I know". Belleville Independent. Vol. 20, no. 20. Belleville, Michigan.
  7. ^ Archive index at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2018-01-09. Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  9. ^ a b c Unterberger, Richie (1999). Music USA: The Rough Guide. London: Rough Guides. p. 312. ISBN 1-85828-421-X.
  10. ^ "Arlington Hambright - 2018 - Football". OSU Cowboys. Retrieved August 23, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Pat Yasinskas (November 18, 2007). "'Big Daddy' Jenkins is head of the line". The Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on 2008-01-21. Retrieved 2008-01-28.
  12. ^ "Argus Family Graduates" (PDF). Argus Eyes. Vol. 8, no. 5. June 1952. p. 7. Retrieved 2014-05-14. Myra Lea MacPherson Belleville High School Daughter of Douglas MacPherson

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