Grosse Pointe South High School
|Grosse Pointe South High School|
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
|Other names||South, Grosse Pointe South, GPS, GPSHS|
|Former name||Grosse Pointe High School (1928-1968)|
|Type||Comprehensive public high school|
|School district||Grosse Pointe Public School System|
|NCES District ID||2625740|
|Superintendent||Dr. Gary C. Niehaus|
|NCES School ID||262574006220|
|Teaching staff||87.36 FTE|
|• Grade 9||392|
|• Grade 10||412|
|• Grade 11||393|
|• Grade 12||402|
|Student to teacher ratio||18.49|
|Schedule||7 50-minute periods|
|Campus size||23 acres|
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Song||"Grosse Pointe South Alma Mater"|
|Fight song||"Victory March of the Blue Devils"|
|Athletics conference||Macomb Area Conference - White division|
|Rival||Grosse Pointe North High School Norsemen|
|Publication||Looking Glass (art and literary magazine)|
|Newspaper||The Tower (print)|
The Tower Pulse (online)
|Communities served||Grosse Pointe|
|Feeder schools||Pierce Middle School
Brownell Middle School
Grosse Pointe South High School from the front lawn
Grosse Pointe High School
Grosse Pointe High School historic site marker
|Built by||Carl S. Barry Co.|
|Architect||George J. Haas|
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival (Neo-Georgian)|
|NRHP reference No.||93000429|
|Added to NRHP||May 20, 1993|
|Last updated: November 12, 2019|
|Martin Luther King Jr. in Grosse Pointe|
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
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.
Martin Luther King Jr. visit and speech
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
Pointe Players is Grosse Pointe South's student theater organization.
GPSHS has four show choirs: the mixed-gender Pointe Singers and South Singers, and the female-only Tower Belles and Sounds of South. Pointe Singers, South Singers, and Tower Belles are competitive, with Pointe Singers winning a national-level competition in 2019.
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.
- Ayokay — producer and DJ
- Terrence G. Berg - Federal District Court Judge, Eastern District of Michigan
- Scott Boman — Libertarian politician in Michigan
- Tony Fadell — Engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, and investor. Co-founder of Nest. Key figure in the development of the iPod and iPhone.
- Chris Getz — Former MLB second baseman with the Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, and Chicago White Sox
- Edward Herrmann — Actor and narrator known for his role as Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls and his voice work for PBS and History
- Alexander Koch — Actor known for his role as James "Junior" Rennie on Under the Dome
- Lisa LoCicero — Actress known for her role as Olivia Falconeri on General Hospital
- John 5 (John Lowery) — Guitarist with Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson
- Mike Murphy — Republican political consultant and NBC News and MSNBC contributor
- Quinn XCII — singer and songwriter
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