Denby High School
|Edwin Denby High School|
|12800 Kelly Road
|School district||Education Achievement Authority|
|Teaching staff||19.0 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||38.16|
|Color(s)||Michigan Blue and Gold|
|Newspaper||The Denby Beacon|
|Website||EAA - Denby High School|
Denby High School
|Architect||Smith, Hinchman & Grylls|
|Architectural style||Art Deco|
|NRHP Reference #||04001581|
|Added to NRHP||February 02, 2005|
The Edwin C. Denby High School is a public secondary education school located at 12800 Kelly Road in northeastern Detroit, Michigan. Denby High opened in 1930, and the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.
The school was named for Edwin C. Denby, an attorney and former Michigan legislator. Mr. Denby served as Secretary of the Navy during the administration of Warren G. Harding. Denby was forced to resign his position and narrowly avoided criminal indictment for his role in what came to be known as the Teapot Dome scandal.
The school opened in 1930. At one time it was known for its mathematics department which ranked high in U.S. national rankings. Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press wrote that by 2010 Denby was "known more for its academic decline than" for the said mathematics department.
By 2010 Kenyetta "K.C." Wilbourn-Snapp began her term as principal of Denby. Wilbourn, who was called the "female Joe Clark", was known for carrying a baseball bat which she called the "equalizer", ever since she witnessed the beating death of a student at Finney High School on April 12, 2007 while serving as that school's assistant principal. In 2016, Wilbourn-Snapp pleaded guilty to felony charges of bribery conspiracy and tax evasion for her role in a kickback scheme during her time at Denby.
In 2011, the school completed an $16.5 Million renovation to restore the 1930s auditorium and construct new student meeting areas. The same year, Denby was transferred from Detroit Public School System to the Education Achievement Authority. There was subsequently significant turnover of department heads and school leadership, which cycled through 3 principals between 2012-2015.
Rock & Roll and Denby High
During the late 1950s, Detroit radio personality Bud Davies originated a series of Friday night sock hops from Denby. Before long, the wildly successful dance parties spread to several metropolitan Detroit schools. Featuring records but no live bands, the hops became more popular than regular dances.
The demographic breakdown of the 725 students enrolled for the 2013-2014 school year was as follows:
- Male – 50.0%
- Female – 50.0%
- Native American/Alaskan – 0.0%
- Asian/Pacific islander – 0.2%
- Black – 99.2%
- Hispanic – 0.0%
- White – 0.6%
- Victor Alexander, professional basketball player.
- Bill Bonds, Detroit TV Anchorman.
- Sonny Bono, recording artist and politician.
- Ed Budde, NFL offensive guard.
- Kim Carson, radio personality.
- Wally Cox, actor.
- Wayne Dyer, author and speaker.
- Antonio Granger, professional basketball player.
- Julie Harris, (attended) movie and television actress
- Curtis Hertel, politician.
- Dennis M. Hertel, U.S. Congressional representative from Michigan.
- John C. Hertel, politician.
- Nancy Milio, academic.
- Len Okrie, MLB catcher and coach.
- Carmella Sabaugh, politician.
- Donnie Simpson, entertainer.
- Dave Soutar, former professional bowler.
- Jack Van Impe, religious broadcaster.
- Roger Young, Olympic athlete.
- Sheila Young, Olympic athlete.
- "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Denby High School". ed.gov. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
- Staff (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Riley, Rochelle. "With a bat and determination, principal is turning Denby around" (Archive). Detroit Free Press. April 19, 2010. Retrieved on January 21, 2016.
- Chambers, Jennifer (February 4, 2016). "Ex-Detroit principal pleads guilty to felony charges". The Detroit News. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
- About http://icansoar.org/schools/high-school/denby-high-school/
- "Denby High School". Education Achievement Authority. Education Achievement Authority (EAA).
- "Roger Young". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
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- Hadley, Mari. "A principal, a baseball bat ? and questions." Detroit Free Press. June 1, 2010.