Grosse Pointe North High School
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|Grosse Pointe North High School|
Norsemen logo and mascot
|707 Vernier Road
Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, (Wayne County) 48236
|Type||Public High School|
|School district||Grosse Pointe Public Schools|
|Superintendent||Dr. Gary C. Niehaus|
|Hours in school day||7|
|Color(s)||Green and Gold|
|Athletics conference||MAC Red|
|Mascot||The Mighty Thor|
|Rival||Grosse Pointe South|
|Accreditation||North Central Association|
|Average ACT scores||22.5|
|Communities served||Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Farms,
Grosse Pointe Shores, Harper Woods
|Feeder schools||Parcells Middle School,
Brownell Middle School
|Athletic Director||Brian Shelson|
|Website||School web site|
Grosse Pointe North High School is a public high school in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. North is a four-year comprehensive high school with an enrollment of 1,400 and expected 2016 graduating class of 350. Classes are in session for 182 days per year and the school day is from 8:00 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. with seven 49-minute periods.
The principal is Kate Murray; she won the 2015 Educators Voice Award. The assistant principals are Tom Beach, David Reed-Nordwall, and Brian Shelson. Shelson is also the school's athletic director.
North consistently ranks among the nation's best high schools.
- North is ranked the 11th best public high school in Michigan on the 2017 Niche rankings.
- On The Washington Post's list of most challenging high schools, North is #14 in Michigan.
- Newsweek's list of top high schools places North #487 nationally.
The school opened in 1968 after Grosse Pointe High School was split into two schools, and Grosse Pointe North took the northern side of Grosse Pointe's students and Northeastern Harper Woods' students. It is a member of the Grosse Pointe Public School System.
Communities served and feeder patterns
The school serves the following communities: all of Grosse Pointe Woods, the GPPSS section of Harper Woods, a small northwest section of Grosse Pointe Farms, and the Wayne County section of Grosse Pointe Shores.
Four elementary schools, Ferry, Mason, Monteith, and Poupard, feed into GPNHS. All of the attendance boundary of Parcells Middle School and a section of the boundary of Brownell Middle School coincides with that of GPNHS.
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Boys' sports include: baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and wrestling. Girls sports include: basketball, cheerleading, crew, cross country, dance team, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, and volleyball. Grosse Pointe North has won numerous state championship titles: Baseball (1980, 2006), Girls' Basketball (2008), Boys' Cross Country (1973, 1975, 1976, 1982), Boys' Hockey (2001, 2002), Girls' Lacrosse (1999) and Girls' Swimming & Diving (1999).
Some of the most recent outstanding teams that the school has had include:
The 2005 boys' varsity basketball team recorded a school record in wins and made it to the state semifinals, becoming the most successful boys' basketball team in Grosse Pointe history. The team was led by Michael Bramos, who went on to play for Miami University and played professionally in Greece and Spain.
The 2006 Boys' Varsity Baseball team was ranked first in the state and broke the school record in wins, finishing the season with a record of 38-1. It also became the first state championship baseball team of Grosse Pointe North in 26 years. The team went on to receive national recognition by earning a top 10 national ranking. Also, the EA Sports All-American team recognized coach Frank Sumbera as national coach of the year and pitcher Michael Kaiser as 2nd team All-American.
In 2008, under the team motto, "WE READY", the girls' varsity basketball team went on to the Class A state championship game against East Lansing, winning 58-46. It was the school's first girls' basketball state title.
The boys' cross country team has been to Michigan State finals more than any other Grosse Pointe North team.
Since 2000, Grosse Pointe North's football team has lost to Grosse Pointe South six times, once in 2001, 2002, and 2010 through 2013, the longest losing streak in the rivalry. This losing streak was broken on September 26, 2014. The Norsemen beat Grosse Pointe South 22-20.
The Quiz Bowl team won the Class A Michigan High School State Championship in 2010 and participates in many NAQT tournaments. The team has attended the NAQT National High School Championship tournament (HSNCT) many times in recent years, placing 16th in 2006 and 11th in 2008. Standout individual performances included Jamie Ding taking 4th place in 2009, and Stephen Morrison taking 9th place in 2011.
The school is home to five instrumental extracurricular clubs: the Pep Band, Drumline, Jazz Band, Pit Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra, which, with the exception of the Drumline, are under the direction of Mr. David Cleveland. The Drumline is led by Mr. Paul Sikorski, and is well known throughout the Metro Detroit area for its appearances in parades, and performing at numerous events, and even appearing on the local radio show, Mojo in the Morning.
- Jared Lee Gosselin: Grammy Award Winning, Multi Platinum & Gold Super Producer who grew up and graduated from GP North in 1999.
- David Legwand, retired professional hockey player, previously played for the Ottawa Senators, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, and Buffalo Sabres
- Michael Bramos, professional basketball player and free agent
- Carly Piper, swimmer and gold medalist in the 2004 Summer Olympics
- Gregg Alexander, singer/songwriter and frontman of the rock band New Radicals
- Meg White, drummer for garage rock band The White Stripes
- Andy Miele, former professional hockey player for the Phoenix Coyotes
- Corey Tropp, professional hockey player in the Anaheim Ducks organization
- Mark Osler, law professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law
- Robert Brooks Brown, Four-Star General for the United States Army (class of 1977), Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific (USARPAC) 
- Sandra Joseph, Broadway actress, longest running Phantom of the Opera "Christine" in Broadway history
- Zach Werenski, professional hockey player for the Columbus Blue Jackets
- "Explore Grosse Pointe North High School". Niche. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
- "Michigan Schools - The Washington Post". apps.washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
- "America's Top High Schools 2016". Newsweek. 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
- "District Map." Grosse Pointe Public School System. Retrieved on January 8, 2017.
- "Current Zoning Map." Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. Retrieved on January 9, 2017.
- "Zoning Map." Harper Woods, Michigan. Retrieved on January 9, 2017.
- "Zoning Map." City of Grosse Pointe Farms. Retrieved on January 8, 2017.
- "Amendments to Zoning Ordinance." Grosse Pointe Shores. Retrieved on January 9, 2017. See "Zoning Map" on PDF p. 24/25
- Class A girls' hoops: G.P. North rises to the top | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press
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