Brother Rice High School (Michigan)

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Brother Rice High School
7101 Lahser Road
Bloomfield Township, Michigan, (Oakland County) 48301
United States
Coordinates 42°32′9″N 83°15′47″W / 42.53583°N 83.26306°W / 42.53583; -83.26306Coordinates: 42°32′9″N 83°15′47″W / 42.53583°N 83.26306°W / 42.53583; -83.26306
Type Private, All-Boys
Motto Sanctitas per Scientam
(Latin: Holiness through Knowledge)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
Christian Brothers
Established 1960
President Tom Reidy
Principal Tom Reidy
Chaplain Fr. Richard Yost
Grades 912
Enrollment 590 (2016)
Color(s) Black and Orange         
Athletics conference Catholic High School League
Mascot Warrior
Team name Warriors
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Newspaper Chieftain
Yearbook Quest
Dean of Faculty Benjamin Godwin
Admissions Director Brian Marshall '97
Athletic Director Jeff Calcaterra

Brother Rice High School is a Roman Catholic all-boys non-residential college prep school with approximately 590 students located in Bloomfield Township, Michigan, United States in Metro Detroit.[2] The school uses a Bloomfield Hills mailing address. Until 1993 its address was in neighboring Birmingham, Michigan's postal district. In 1993 the U.S. Postal Service rezoned their districts allowing Brother Rice a "Bloomfield Hills" address.[citation needed]"Bloomfield", and "Bloomfield Township" are also acceptable last line addresses for zip code 48301.

Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, Brother Rice was founded by the Congregation of Christian Brothers in 1960 and named after their founder Edmund Ignatius Rice. The school's mission is to develop the body, mind and soul of its students through a Christian Brother education. It is regarded as one of the premier college prep schools in the state and known for Academic Excellence in the Catholic Tradition. One-hundred percent of the school's graduates are accepted to a 4-year college. Since 1964, Brother Rice has graduated over 9,750 alumni who are known as the Band of Brothers. The alumni are a part of the school's legacy of leaders and play a prominent role as leaders of industry, education, faith and family. Brother Rice alumni are represented in every state across the United States and in over 20 countries around the world.

The Brother Rice Warriors are also known for their tradition of excellence in athletics having won 67 state championships since their first title, the 1974 basketball championship. The former head football coach, Al Fracassa, is the all-time wins leader in Michigan high school football history and sixth all time in the nation. He was named National High School Coach of the Year by the NFL in 2005.[3] The lacrosse team has won the state title 21 times including the last 12 straight years and was the 2008 Inside Lacrosse National Champion.[4] In addition to elite athletics the school's academic clubs are award winning. The debate team has won 14 state championships and placed first in the world in the 2007 United Nations Foundation and International Debate Education Association (IDEA) Global Debates.[5]

The Warriors are members of the Michigan High School Athletic Association and compete in the Detroit Catholic League with Detroit Catholic Central High School as their respected arch rival. The school shares a campus with the all-girls Marian High School, Saint Regis Parish and the K-8 Saint Regis School.

From 1968 to 1970, the school's Dean of Students was Br. Edward "Chris" Courtney C.F.C., a serial child molester. Courtney was responsible for over 50 of the 400 cases of child abuse claimed against the Christian Brothers of Ireland in their 2011 bankruptcy.[6]

The school was the site of a labor battle in 2003 and 2004 when a group of teachers attempted to unionize. However, a state court ruled that state labor and union boards have no jurisdiction over private religious schools.[7]

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