Comstock High School

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Comstock High School
Comstock High School.jpg
Comstock High School, 1967 to present
Address
2107 North 26th Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49048
United States
Coordinates 42°18′29″N 85°31′04″W / 42.307943°N 85.517750°W / 42.307943; -85.517750Coordinates: 42°18′29″N 85°31′04″W / 42.307943°N 85.517750°W / 42.307943; -85.517750
Information
School type Public, rural
Motto Celebrating Excellence
Established 1906
School district Comstock Public School District
Superintendent Todd Mora
Principal Joshua Cunningham
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 625 (2010)
Average class size 18
Classes offered AP, college credit, vocational, dual enrollment, online
Schedule Semester
Campus Rural
Campus size 25 acres
Color(s) Columbia blue and white
        
Fight song Go You Fighting Colts
Athletics conference Wolverine B (East)
Mascot Colts
Average ACT scores (2010) 19
Yearbook Comstock Corral
Communities served Comstock Township
Website

Comstock High School is a secondary school within the Comstock Public School District located in Comstock Charter Township near the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. Comstock High School primarily serves the western half of Comstock Township, as well as portions of Kalamazoo Township, Pavilion Township, City of Portage, and the City of Kalamazoo. Enrollment at Comstock High School averages around 650 students (2,500 students district-wide).

Students within the district have the option to enroll at Comstock Compass High School, which is an alternative to the traditional high school classes provided at Comstock High School.

Comstock High School was named one of America's best high schools by US News and World Report in 2010.[1]

History[edit]

Comstock High School, 1906-1941

A high school was established at the Comstock Village School in 1906 following the consolidation of the Comstock School District with five neighboring districts. Prior to 1906, students in Comstock Township had to travel to Kalamazoo or Galesburg to attend high school. Eight students graduated from Comstock School in 1908, making up Comstock's first high school graduating class. Conflicts between the residents in the community eventually led to the dissolution of the consolidated district in 1916, including the high school at Comstock School.[2]

Comstock School was expanded in 1921 with the construction of a new middle school adjacent to the old school. A new high school was established in the older building and was renamed Comstock High School. A gymnasium and auditorium was constructed on the campus in 1937 through a Public Works Administration project. In 1942, a new high school building was built adjacent to the middle school. The 44-year-old Comstock School was torn down the following year.

Following the construction of a new General Motors fabrication plant for Fisher Body in Comstock Township, a new high school and football stadium were built, which stand as the present high school. Since its construction in 1966, the high school campus on 26th street has seen improvements over the years including the construction of a 750-seat community auditorium in 1992, and a new 3,500 seat athletic stadium in 2007.

In 2005, voters rejected a 26-year bond proposal to replace the current high school, opting instead to renovate the building.[3]

College and career academy[edit]

Comstock High School is a college and career preparatory school that provides students with a rigorous four years intended to prepare them for post-secondary educations and careers. Students are encouraged to enroll in the many Advanced Placement courses offered, or to dual enroll at Kalamazoo Valley Community College or Western Michigan University to earn college credits prior to graduating high school. Students also attend lectures by community members, business leaders, and college representatives to learn about careers in various fields including business, engineering, finance, and health care.

Athletics[edit]

Comstock Stadium, rebuilt in 2008

Comstock High School is a member of the Wolverine Conference.

  • Class: B-4
  • Mascot: Colts
  • Colors: Columbia blue and white
  • Fall Sports: Football, Cross Country, Volleyball, Sideline Cheer, Girls' Golf, Boys' Tennis, Boys' Soccer
  • Winter Sports: Basketball, Bowling, Competitive Cheer, Wrestling, Hockey (club), Ski (club)
  • Spring Sports: Baseball, Softball, Track and Field, Girls' Soccer, Girls' Tennis, Boys' golf

Comstock High School benefits from an active athletics booster club that generates money for the purchase of uniforms, equipment, and other athletic facility improvements.

Former athletes, teams, coaches, and other contributors to the school's athletics are recognized by the Comstock High School Athletics Hall of Fame, which was established in 2009.

First athletic teams[edit]

The first team sponsored by Comstock School was a baseball team in 1908. Within a few years the school also had a boys' and girls' basketball team and a girls' tennis team. 1923 was the inaugural year for the Comstock High School football team, which ended its season with a 7-1-1 record.

In 1940, a contest was held to choose a mascot for Comstock High School. The winning name was the Colts, which is still used today.

The Comstock football team started competing in the Bi-River Valley Conference, which eventually became known as the Kalamazoo Valley Association. Comstock eventually moved to the Wolverine Conference in 1970, where it competed through 2013.[2] In 2014, Comstock re-joined the Kalamazoo Valley Association.[4] Starting in the Fall of 2015, Comstock will be competing in the Berrien-Cass-St. Joseph Conference.

In the fall of 2015 the junior varsity football team, led by freshman quarterback Brendon Blades and Coach Michael Small, won Comstock's first high school football game in four years, finishing the season 4-5.[5]

Arts and music[edit]

Comstock Community Center for the Performing Arts, constructed in 1992
  • Marching band
  • Concert band
  • Pep band
  • Mixed choir
  • Varsity choir
  • Show choir
  • Drama
  • Visual arts

Clubs and activities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Best High Schools in the US | Top US High Schools | US News & World Report
  2. ^ a b Documentary - "Comstock public schools : there's no better place to learn...1831-1999".Comstock Township Library
  3. ^ Comstock Public Schools - History
  4. ^ http://www.mlive.com/sports/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2013/04/comstock_leaving_wolverine_con.html
  5. ^ highschoolsports.mlive.com/news/article/-4377087197659428073/parchment-comstock-set-to-join-bcs-conference-at-the-start-of-2015-2016-school-year/

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