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

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United States
Coordinates42°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
TypePublic High School
School districtGrosse Pointe Public Schools
SuperintendentDr. Gary C. Niehaus
PrincipalKate Murray
Hours in school day7
Color(s)Green and Gold
Athletics conferenceMAC Red
MascotThe Mighty Thor
Team nameNorsemen
RivalGrosse Pointe South
AccreditationNorth Central Association
PublicationNorsemen News
NewspaperNorth Pointe
Communities servedGrosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Farms,
Grosse Pointe Shores, Harper Woods
Feeder schoolsParcells Middle School,
Brownell Middle School
Athletic DirectorMichelle Davis
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 David Reed-Nordwall, Michelle Davis, and Geoffrey Harris Young. Davis 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]

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.[12]

The Quiz Bowl team won the Class A Michigan High School State Championship in 2010[13] 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.[14] Standout individual performances included Jamie Ding taking 4th place in 2009,[15] and Stephen Morrison taking 9th place in 2011.[16]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Desjarlais, Ishmael. "Educators Voice Awards 2015".
  2. ^ "Administration / Administrators".
  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
  11. ^ "Michigan High School Athletic Association".
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  17. ^ "Commander, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center: Who Is Robert Brown?".

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