Dondero High School

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Dondero High School
Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
School type Public
Motto "Enter here to learn, go forth to serve"
Founded 1927
Closed 2006
School district Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools
Final Principal Bridget Schipper
Enrollment 852 (in 2006)
Color(s) Blue and White         
Nickname The Oaks
Publication Yearbook (Oak), Newsmagazine (Acorn), and Art Magazine (Genesis)
Affiliations Royal 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 United States congressman and Royal Oak School Board President George A. Dondero. A part of the Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools, it was merged into the new 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