Grosse Pointe North High School

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Grosse Pointe North High School
Grosse Pointe North High School logo.jpg
Norsemen logo and mascot
707 Vernier Road
Northwest territory
Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, (Wayne County) 48236
United States
Coordinates 42°26′12″N 82°53′16″W / 42.43667°N 82.88778°W / 42.43667; -82.88778Coordinates: 42°26′12″N 82°53′16″W / 42.43667°N 82.88778°W / 42.43667; -82.88778
Type Public High School
Opened 1968
School district Grosse Pointe Public Schools
Superintendent Dr. Gary C. Niehaus
Principal Kate Murray
Grades 9-12
Gender Co-ed
Enrollment 1400
Hours in school day 7
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Green and Gold
Athletics conference MAC Red
Mascot The Mighty Thor
Team name Norsemen
Rival Grosse Pointe South
Accreditation North Central Association
Average ACT scores 22.5
Publication Norsemen News
Newspaper North Pointe
Yearbook Valhalla
Communities served Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Farms,
Grosse Pointe Shores, Harper Woods
Feeder schools Parcells Middle School,
Brownell Middle School
Information 313-432-3200
Athletic Director Brian Shelson
American football field

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.[1] The assistant principals are Tom Beach, David Reed-Nordwall, and Brian Shelson. Shelson is also the school's athletic director.[2]

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.[3]
  • On The Washington Post's list of most challenging high schools, North is #14 in Michigan.[4]
  • Newsweek's list of top high schools places North #487 nationally.[5]

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[edit]

The school serves the following communities:[6] all of Grosse Pointe Woods,[7] the GPPSS section of Harper Woods,[8] a small northwest section of Grosse Pointe Farms,[9] and the Wayne County section of Grosse Pointe Shores.[10]

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.[6]


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).[11]

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[12] 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.[13] 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.[14]

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.[15]

Extracurricular clubs[edit]

Grosse Pointe North's Radio Astronomy Team, the "RATz", under Ardis Herrold, are credited as being the first high school group to build its own radio telescope from scratch in the United States.[16]

The Quiz Bowl team won the Class A Michigan High School State Championship in 2010[17] 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.[18] Standout individual performances included Jamie Ding taking 4th place in 2009,[19] and Stephen Morrison taking 9th place in 2011.[20]

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.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  3. ^ "Explore Grosse Pointe North High School". Niche. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  4. ^ "Michigan Schools - The Washington Post". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  5. ^ "America's Top High Schools 2016". Newsweek. 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  6. ^ a b "District Map." Grosse Pointe Public School System. Retrieved on January 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "Current Zoning Map." Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. Retrieved on January 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "Zoning Map." Harper Woods, Michigan. Retrieved on January 9, 2017.
  9. ^ "Zoning Map." City of Grosse Pointe Farms. Retrieved on January 8, 2017.
  10. ^ "Amendments to Zoning Ordinance." Grosse Pointe Shores. Retrieved on January 9, 2017. See "Zoning Map" on PDF p. 24/25
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  14. ^ Class A girls' hoops: G.P. North rises to the top | | Detroit Free Press
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