Brighton High School (Brighton, Michigan)

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Brighton High School
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Brighton High School is located in Michigan
Brighton High School
Brighton High School
Brighton High School is located in the US
Brighton High School
Brighton High School
7878 Brighton Road
Brighton, MI 48116
Type Public high school
School district Brighton Area Schools
Principal Gavin Johnson
Henry Vecchioni
Jeff Beane
Faculty 92.0 FTEs[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,099 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 22.8:1[1]
Athletics conference Kensington Lakes Activities Association
Team name Bulldogs

Brighton High School is located in Brighton, which is part of Livingston County, Michigan, United States. The high school, along with several other schools in the district, is currently under renovations, including upgraded technology, renovated bathrooms, new football stadium, tennis courts, football practice field, and baseball diamond.

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,099 students and 92.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 22.8:1. There were 151 students (7.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 52 (2.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Center for the Performing Arts


Brighton High School is a member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA). Its athletic department is headed by John Thompson. BHS has had several teams place at the top in state competition, including the state champion rugby and hockey teams from the 2005-2006 academic year, as well as state semifinalist teams in soccer, baseball and football. Brighton has been part of the West Division of the Kensington Lakes Activities Association since 2008, when the Kensington Valley Conference merged with the Western Lakes Activities Association.

Alumnus Drew Henson played quarterback on the University of Michigan and Dallas Cowboys football teams after his graduation from BHS. Henson also played Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees, though only getting 9 career at-bats and one hit before retiring to concentrate on a professional football career. Henson went on to play for the Minnesota Vikings and Detroit Lions. Cullen Finnerty was another standout football quarterback from Brighton High School, who played his college football at Grand Valley State University and formerly played for the Baltimore Ravens and the Denver Broncos. Former NFL offensive lineman Dave Pearson also graduated from Brighton High School.


The BHS football team's most recent success was when Brighton Football reached the Division 1 State Semifinals, narrowly losing in triple overtime to eventual champion Rockford. That season, the team went undefeated in conference play, and also won the school's first regional championship. T.J. Van Doren also broke the state record for most completions in a single season with 227.[2] Head Coach "Wild" Bill Murray coached the Bulldogs for 21 seasons before retiring in 2007. In 2007, Murray was also inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame,[3] joining George Reck, who was inducted in 2002.[4] Brighton is currently coached by Brian Lemons.[5]


The men's lacrosse team has done very well in recent years. They have been ranked in the top 15 in States for the last couple years. The Brighton High School Men's Lacrosse team won the State Championship in the 2011 season.

Ice hockey[edit]

The Brighton High School men's ice hockey team has won the State Championship in 2006, 2012, 2013, 2017 and 2018.


Brightons most recent championship was during the 2016 season when they took home the Michigan Youth Rugby Association (MYRA) Division II State Championship. As of 2017, there are 26 teams in the MYRA.[6] Brighton won MYRA Division I State Championships in 2002 and 2006, and also won the MYRA Division II Championship in 2008.[7][6] They were also State runners-up in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, and Division IV runners-up in 2008.

Brighton high school rugby began as a club team that was affiliated with the school. Until the team became a varsity sport for the school, the team was originally known as the Brighton Barbarians.


Brighton Softball was coached by Pam Lee-Campbell and Michelle Madden when Brighton won the state title in 2003.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Brighton High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ "MHSAA Football Records". Archived from the original on February 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  3. ^ "Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame Inductees 2007". Archived from the original on 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  4. ^ "Michigan High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame – R". Archived from the original on 2004-03-28. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  5. ^ "Brighton hires Cliff Kiefer as football coach". Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  6. ^ a b Past Champions, Rugby Michigan. Accessed February 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "Brighton rugby coach keeps title in perspective". Retrieved 2009-03-20. 

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Coordinates: 42°31′34″N 83°47′41″W / 42.5261°N 83.7946°W / 42.5261; -83.7946