Divine Child High School

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Divine Child High School
1001 North Silvery Lane
Dearborn, Michigan, (Wayne County), 48128
United States
Coordinates 42°19′7.3″N 83°16′58″W / 42.318694°N 83.28278°W / 42.318694; -83.28278Coordinates: 42°19′7.3″N 83°16′58″W / 42.318694°N 83.28278°W / 42.318694; -83.28278
Type Parish, Coeducational
Motto Virtus Cum Scientia
(Virtue With Knowledge)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1958
Principal Damian Hermann
Asst. Principal J. Mike Courage and Eric Haley
Pastor Fr. Jim Bilot
Teaching staff 70
Grades 912
Enrollment 820 (2015)
 • Grade 9 190
 • Grade 10 225
 • Grade 11 225
 • Grade 12 180
Average class size 24
Student to teacher ratio 13:1
Color(s) Red and grey         
Slogan "Virtus Cum Scientia" or "Goodness With Knowledge"
Athletics conference Catholic High School League
Mascot Freddy Falcon
Team name Falcons
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Average ACT scores 25 (Class of 2016)
Yearbook Clarion
Tuition $6,700 in parish, $8,100 out of parish (2015-2016)
Director of Advancement Kristin Hermann
Director of Admissions Matthew Saxer
Athletic Director Tony DeMare
Campus Minister Caeli Finn

Divine Child High School is a parish Catholic high school in Dearborn, Wayne County, Michigan, United States. The school celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008. Today, Divine Child High School is the largest Catholic, co-educational high school in Michigan.


Divine Child was opened in September 1958 by Monsignor Herbert Weier. Initially, it consisted of 84 freshmen, two Bernadine Sisters, and an athletic coach. The Class of 1962, the first graduating class, consisted of 69 students. The original building consisted of 37,478 square feet (3,481.8 m2) of space including ten classrooms, two science labs, a small library, a typing and office machines room, and a study hall room. Since then, eleven additions have significantly increased the size and facilities of the school.


Divine Child offers classes in the following areas: theology, math, science, English, social studies, world languages, fine & applied arts, physical education/health, and technology. Divine Child's curriculum is varied to meet the needs and interests of each student. A total of 26.0 units of credit are required for graduation including demonstrating proficiency with computers. Divine Child offers 35 honors courses including 14 Advanced Placement courses for college credit. Divine Child also has an Instructional Support Program for students with mild learning differences.


As a Catholic school, Divine Child requires its students to take part in the following religious activities: a daily theology class, weekly Eucharistic Adoration, school liturgies twice each month, and an annual retreat. Liturgies are held in the Church of the Divine Child located on the same campus as the high school.

Community Service[edit]

Each year, Divine Child High School students are required to complete ten service hours each year. Each grade has their own Service Day in the Fall. For the 2014-2015 school year, DCHS students completed over 15,000 service hours.


All incoming students use an iPad in their classes. Most textbooks are downloaded directly to the iPad. Numerous apps are used by teachers and students as part of the classes.


The bands in the school are the marching band, pep band, symphonic band, and jazz band. Each band plays music that suits their genre and plays their music at different events throughout the school year.[2][3] In the spring of 2006, the jazz band won 'Best Jazz Ensemble' at the Music In The Parks. In 2008, the marching band was invited to perform at Mitt Romney’s candidacy for the presidential race. In 2011 and 2015, the Marching Band performed at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The Marching Band has also performed at America's Thanksgiving Parade every year since 2011.


Divine Child High School has the largest Athletic Program in the Catholic High School League (CHSL). Divine Child offers 25 Sports and 52 Teams. These teams include basketball, football, hockey, golf, soccer, track, cross country, wrestling, bowling, softball, sideline and competitive cheerleading, figure skating, lacrosse and other sports.

Notable finishes[edit]

State Championships
  • Baseball (Boys): 1992, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010
  • Basketball (Boys): 1973, 1977
  • Basketball (Girls): 1985 Runner Up, 1986, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2011
  • Competitive Cheer (Girls): 1985, 1996
  • Pom Pom (Girls): 2001, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015
  • Cross Country (Boys): 1982 Class B Runner-Up, 1993 Class B Runner-Up
  • Figure Skating (Girls): 2000, 2005, 2008
  • Football (Boys): 1961, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1985
  • Hockey (Boys): 2002
  • Softball (Girls): 1975, 1986
  • Winterguard: 1999
  • Golf (Boys): 2010
  • Track and Field (Girls): 2010, 2012, 2013
  • Chess (Boys): Pawnmaster Champions 2010
  • Forensics: 2012,2013,2014,2015


Divine Child also offers many clubs and after-school programs, including Academic Quiz Bowl, Anime Club, Art Studio, Astronomy Club, Bowling Club, Boys Intramurals, Boys Varsity Club, Business Professionals of America, Chess Club, Culinary Arts, DCTV (Divine Child Television), Drama Club, Falcon Fever (DC Spirit Team), Forensics, Games Club, German Club, Guitar Club, In Stitches (Sewing Club), Interact Club, International Thespian Society, Latin/Greek Club, Link Crew, Literary Magazine, Medical Club, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Pet Therapy Club, Ping Pong Club, Programming Club, Pro-Life Club, Spanish Club, Student Council, Swimming Club, Technology/Robotics Club, Varsity Club, and Video Games Club.

Divine Child also offers musical and theatrical activities, including a fall play and spring musical, bands — marching, symphonic, jazz, pit, pep, and show choir.

State Championships Forensics- 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015.

Notable alumni[edit]


External links[edit]

Official website