Dondero High School

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Dondero High School
Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
School typePublic
Motto"Enter here to learn, go forth to serve"
School districtRoyal Oak Neighborhood Schools
Final PrincipalBridget Schipper
Enrollment852 (in 2006)
Color(s)Blue and White         
NicknameThe Oaks
PublicationYearbook (Oak), Newsmagazine (Acorn), and Art Magazine (Genesis)
AffiliationsRoyal Oak Neighborhood Schools

George A. Dondero High School (formerly Royal Oak High School) was opened in 1927 in Royal Oak, Michigan in Greater Detroit. It was named after former Royal Oak School Board president and U.S. representative George A. Dondero. A part of the Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools, it and Clarence M. Kimball High School were consolidated to form the current Royal Oak High School.


Due to declining enrollment, the school became a middle school at the beginning of the 2007/2008 school year. Dondero was closed following the 2005/2006 school year to allow for renovations, and district high school students from both Dondero and Kimball High School were consolidated. At the peak of enrollment, Dondero had more than 2,000 students. During the years prior to its closure, this number dropped to 852.

On October 31, 2006, the Dondero gymnasium was set on fire, causing extensive damage. Arson was suspected, and two teenage suspects were later arrested.[1][2] [3]

On October 20, 2007, the building was officially re-dedicated as Royal Oak Middle School. The dedication ceremony took place at 4:20 PM in the restored auditorium housing three huge W.P.A. murals.[4][5]

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Coordinates: 42°29′40.1″N 83°08′54.7″W / 42.494472°N 83.148528°W / 42.494472; -83.148528