East Grand Rapids Public Schools

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East Grand Rapids Public Schools is a school district located within East Grand Rapids, Michigan. Founded in 1841, the district limits mirror the city limits except for a small grouping of homes north of the city. Standard and Poors has reported that "none of Michigan's school districts report higher excelling rates."[1]


The East Grand Rapids Public School system consists of five schools:

  • Breton Downs Elementary School
  • Lakeside Elementary School
  • Wealthy Elementary School
  • East Grand Rapids Middle School
  • East Grand Rapids High School
  • The system formerly consisted of two other schools—Manhattan Elementary School (razed, site now part of Manhattan Park) and Woodcliff Elementary School (now houses administration offices [Morse Administration Center] and other district programs).
  • The current superintendent of East Grand Rapids public schools is Dr. Sara Shubel, who began her tenure in the fall of 2006.[2]
  • According to SchoolMatters.com [1], East Grand Rapids Public Schools enrolled 2,903 students in 2005, making it rather small by state standards.[1]
  • EGRPS Spent $8,055/Student (average) in 2004.[1]
  • Over 75% of students participate in the ACT and SAT tests.[1]


Demographics Chart

94.5% Caucasian; 2.4% African American; 1.8% Asian; 1.2% Hispanic; 0.1% Native American[1]


  • EGR's administration building is now named the James E. Morse Administration Center (formerly Woodcliff Administration Building), named after the recently retired former superintendent, Dr. James Morse.[2]
  • The school district prides itself in athletic achievement having won 117 state championships in its history, a Lower Peninsula record.
  • East Grand Rapids' school colors are blue and gold, and their mascot is Paul the Pioneer. The school fight song is Onward East to the tune of On Wisconsin.

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