Chadsey High School

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Charles E. Chadsey High School
Address
5335 Martin Street
Detroit, Michigan 48210
Information
School type Public
Status Demolished, March 2011
Closed June, 2009
School district Detroit Public Schools
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1030
Language English and Spanish
Area Urban
Color(s) vermilion and gold
Mascot Explorers

Chadsey Senior High School was a public secondary school in Detroit, Michigan.

History[edit]

Chadsey Senior High School was named in honor of Charles E. Chadsey - Superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools, 1912–1919; Chadsey High was constructed and organized in 1931. Since the school was not ready for occupancy on opening day, Chadsey's sessions were held - following dismissal of younger students - at adjacent Munger Intermediate School. Finally, on October 12, 1931, construction was completed and Chadsey High School began operation.[1]

The date of occupancy - Columbus Day - inspired nicknames; for the athletic teams: the Explorers; the school newspaper: The Navigator; the school annual: The Compass, and Discovery: Chadsey's literary magazine. Fittingly, the school colors chosen for Chadsey High were those under which Columbus sailed: the vermilion and gold of Spain's Ferdinand and Isabella.[1]

Chadsey High School added one half-grade of secondary classes, each semester until January 1934; the first graduating class celebrated its matriculation in June 1934. Chadsey High School was first accredited by the University of Michigan in 1934, and by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1939.[1]

The Detroit school district underestimated the impact of population decline in the City of Detroit and failed to proactively manage reduction in staff and facilities; an emergency manager was appointed. The district's $285-million deficit for 2009-2010 led to the layoff of nearly 1,900 teachers and administrators; the financial difficulties also forced the closing of 29 educational facilities, including Charles E. Chadsey High School.[2]

Its neighborhoods were assigned to the Southwestern High School zone. Students began attending regular classes there in September 2009.

The school has been demolished as of February 9, 2011. The land was needed so Detroit Public Schools can build a new $22.3 million school on the property. Local artisans are being allowed to pick through the rubble for pieces of 1920s limestone for a community garden.[3]

The track and field program won the girl's state championship in 1982.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]

References and notes[edit]