Grosse Pointe South High School

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Grosse Pointe South High School
Grosse Pointe South High School logo (blue letters).pngGrosse Pointe South High School seal.png
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Grosse Pointe South High School minutes after the start of classes on the last first day of school for the class of 2020
11 Grosse Pointe Boulevard


Coordinates42°23′27″N 82°54′10″W / 42.390754°N 82.902652°W / 42.390754; -82.902652Coordinates: 42°23′27″N 82°54′10″W / 42.390754°N 82.902652°W / 42.390754; -82.902652
Other namesSouth, Grosse Pointe South, GPS, GPSHS
Former nameGrosse Pointe High School (1928-1968)
TypeComprehensive public high school
Opened1928; 93 years ago (1928)
StatusCurrently operational
School districtGrosse Pointe Public School System
NCES District ID2625740[1]
SuperintendentDr. Gary C. Niehaus
CEEB code231-802[2]
NCES School ID262574006220[3]
PrincipalMoussa Hamka
Teaching staff87.36 FTE[3]
Enrollment1,615[3] (2017-2018)
 • Grade 9392[3]
 • Grade 10412[3]
 • Grade 11393[3]
 • Grade 12402[3]
 • Ungraded16[3]
Student to teacher ratio18.49[3]
Schedule typeSemester
Schedule7 50-minute periods
Campus size23 acres[4]
Campus typeSuburban
Color(s) Blue  and  Gold 
Song"Grosse Pointe South Alma Mater"
Fight song"Victory March of the Blue Devils"
Athletics conferenceMacomb Area Conference - White division
MascotBlue Devil
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NicknameBlue Devils
RivalGrosse Pointe North High School Norsemen
ACT average25.8[5]
PublicationLooking Glass (art and literary magazine)
NewspaperThe Tower (print)
The Tower Pulse (online)
Communities servedGrosse Pointe
Feeder schoolsPierce Middle School
  • Students from all elementary school zones[6]

Brownell Middle School

  • Students only from Kerby and Richard elementary school zones[6]
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Grosse Pointe South High School from the front lawn
Grosse Pointe High School
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Grosse Pointe High School historic site marker
Coordinates42°23′26″N 82°54′14″W / 42.390686°N 82.903787°W / 42.390686; -82.903787
Built byCarl S. Barry Co.
ArchitectGeorge J. Haas
Architectural styleColonial Revival (Neo-Georgian)
NRHP reference No.93000429
MSHS No.L1882
Significant dates
Added to NRHPMay 20, 1993; 27 years ago (May 20, 1993)
Designated MSHS1992; 29 years ago (1992)
Last updated: November 12, 2019
Martin Luther King Jr. in Grosse Pointe
Coordinates42°23′27″N 82°54′14″W / 42.390753°N 82.903830°W / 42.390753; -82.903830
Designated2018; 3 years ago (2018)
Reference no.S754

Grosse Pointe South High School is a public high school of state and national historical significance serving the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe. Originally known as Grosse Pointe High School when opened in 1928, the school adopted its current name in 1968 after the newly established Grosse Pointe North High School began accepting students.

Communities served and feeder patterns[edit]

The school serves the following municipalities:[7] almost all of Grosse Pointe Farms,[8] and all of Grosse Pointe (city) and Grosse Pointe Park.[9][10]

Elementary schools feeding into GPSHS include all of the zones of Defer, Kerby, Maire, Père Gabriel Richard, and Trombly. All of the boundaries of Pierce Middle School and most of the boundary of Brownell Middle School coincides with that of GPSHS.[7]


In 2009, Newsweek ranked Grosse Pointe South in the top 2% of high school in the United States.[11] In 2010, Newsweek ranked Grosse Pointe South 920th nationally (fifth in Michigan).[12]

Martin Luther King Jr. visit and speech[edit]

Grosse Pointe High School hosted a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. on March 14, 1968, when 2,700 people gathered in the gymnasium to hear a speech entitled "The Other America" three weeks before his assassination.[13]

To honor the 50th anniversary of the event the Grosse Pointe News partnered with the Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors in submitting an application for a historic site marker to be placed near the one previously installed on campus.[14] The marker, which was approved by the Michigan Historical Commission on July 27, 2018, was paid for by a grant from the National Association of Realtors.[14]

Extracurricular activities[edit]


Grosse Pointe South athletic field

As of 2010, the school offers 15 varsity sports teams for boys and 18 varsity sports teams for girls. These sports include baseball, basketball, competitive cheer, crew, cross country, field hockey, figure skating, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, synchronized swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. Grosse Pointe South competes in the Macomb Area Conference (MAC), under the regulation of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA).


The boys' tennis team won the class A state championship in 1945 and 1946 and tied with Monroe High School in 1947.[15] The girls' tennis team won the state championship every year from 1976 to 1986 (Tying in 1976,1977,1982 and 1985), 2008, 2012, and 2014.[16]

Performing arts[edit]

Pointe Players is Grosse Pointe South's student theater organization.[17]

GPSHS has four show choirs: the mixed-gender Pointe Singers and South Singers, and the female-only Tower Belles and Sounds of South.[18] Pointe Singers, South Singers, and Tower Belles are competitive, with Pointe Singers winning a national-level competition in 2019.[19]


The South Sun Devils is the solar car team, competing since 2013 in The Solar Car Challenge in Dallas, Texas. The team fundraised, designed, built, and raced their street-legal car on Texas Motor Speedway followed by a road test challenge.[20]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Grosse Pointe Public Schools". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  2. ^ "Grosse Pointe South" (PDF). Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Search for Public Schools - Grosse Pointe South High School (262574006220)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  4. ^ "History of South High School / History". Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "South Profile 2018-2019.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "GPPSS-DistrictMap" (PDF). Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "District Map." Grosse Pointe Public School System. Retrieved on January 8, 2017.
  8. ^ "Zoning Map." City of Grosse Pointe Farms. Retrieved on January 8, 2017.
  9. ^ "Zoning Map." Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. Retrieved on January 8, 2017.
  10. ^ "Zoning Map." Grosse Pointe, Michigan. Retrieved on January 8, 2017.
  11. ^ America's Top Public High Schools 2008 - Newsweek and The Daily Beast
  12. ^ "America's Best High Schools: The List". Newsweek. June 13, 2010. Retrieved January 27, 2012.
  13. ^ "The Other America". Grosse Pointe Historical Society. Retrieved March 23, 2010.
  14. ^ a b GPN Staff (January 23, 2019). "Commemorating MLK at 'The High'". Grosse Pointe News. Pointe News Incorporated. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  15. ^ "Boys' Tennis Team Champions". Michigan High School Athletic Association. Retrieved March 21, 2010.
  16. ^ "Girls' Tennis Team Champions". Michigan High School Athletic Association. Retrieved March 21, 2010.
  17. ^ Brush, Mary Anne (November 6, 2019). "South Pointe Players present murder caper". Grosse Pointe News. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  18. ^ "SCC: Viewing School - Grosse Pointe South High School". Show Choir Community. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  19. ^ Guthrie, Grace (May 22, 2019). "Spotlight: Grosse Pointe South Choir wins National Championship". Click on Detroit. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  20. ^ Brunedell, Mike (May 4, 2015). "G.P. South solar car club set for battle in Texas". Detroit Free Press. Gannett. Retrieved September 10, 2020.
  21. ^ a b "Grosse Pointe Musicians Score Major Record Label Contract: Listen". Patch. Retrieved April 30, 2020.

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