Hamtramck High School

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Hamtramck High School
Hamtramck High School (emblem).jpg
11410 Charest Street


United States
Coordinates42°24′09″N 83°03′29″W / 42.4025°N 83.058°W / 42.4025; -83.058Coordinates: 42°24′09″N 83°03′29″W / 42.4025°N 83.058°W / 42.4025; -83.058
TypePublic school
School districtHamtramck Public Schools
Enrollment948 (2015-16)[1]
Color(s)Maroon and White
Athletics conferenceMetro Conference
AccreditationNorth Central Association
Hamtramck High School

Hamtramck High School is a public high school in Hamtramck, Michigan, United States in Metro Detroit, named after Colonel Jean François Hamtramck. It is a part of Hamtramck Public Schools.


Hamtramck High School was originally located on Wyandotte and Hewitt Streets.[citation needed]

In 1925 655 students attended Hamtramck High School. JoEllen McNergney Vinyard, author of For Faith and Fortune: The Education of Catholic Immigrants in Detroit, 1805-1925, wrote that Hamtramck High had "substantially more students than were in all of Detroit's Polish Catholic high schools combined."[2]

In November 1939 Hamtramck High lost to Detroit Catholic Central High School 20-0, in a high school football game at Keyworth Stadium. There were 11,402 people who paid to attend this match.[3]

In 1970 it moved to the former Copernicus Junior Middle School.[citation needed]

As of 2010, Hamtramck High School received excellent reviews from many foundations including the Martha G. Scott Foundation and Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit (SEFMD). Hamtramck High School has been also been awarded many grants including a Grant from General Motors in 2010. In 2010 and 2016 students from Hamtramck High received the prestigious and highly exclusive Scholarship, the Bill Gates Scholarship.[citation needed]

Hamtramck High School currently offers 4 AP classes (Calculus AB, Physics 1, Literature and Composition, and Studio Art). It has made the AP Honor Roll for multiple years in a row and continues to provide top-notch education to the local community. Evaluated by the Mackinac Center of Education Report, Hamtramck High School received a B on its report card and is widely recognized as a turn-around school that has made extensive improvements that make it a hallmark in the community.


As of 2010 there were 200 fourth-year students (seniors).[4]


The school is adjacent to various side streets.[5]

Athletics and extracurricular activities[edit]

Artie May, who served as the head American football coach beginning in 1957 and coached various sports until around 1997, had himself played American football when he was a student at Hamtramck High. May helped develop the Hamtramck High School Community Center.[6]

Coached by Jean Hoxie, the Hamtramck boys' tennis team were state champions in 1949-59, 1961-64, and 1967-69. The team won the 1957-1958 National Interscholastic Tennis Champsionship.[7]


The graduating Class of 2010, as they advanced through school, raised money through car washes, bake sales, and an improved comedy show to host a high school prom for their class.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Vinyard, JoEllen McNergney. For Faith and Fortune: The Education of Catholic Immigrants in Detroit, 1805-1925. University of Illinois Press, January 1, 1998. ISBN 025206707X, 9780252067075.


  1. ^ "Hamtramck High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  2. ^ Vinyard, p. 183.
  3. ^ Kowalski, Greg. Hamtramck: The World War II Years (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing, September 18, 2012. ISBN 143961895X, 9781439618950. p. 9.
  4. ^ a b Rubin, Neal. "First-generation seniors at Hamtramck High adopt culture of prom Archived 2014-04-16 at the Wayback Machine." The Detroit News. May 18, 2010. Retrieved on April 15, 2014.
  5. ^ Loomis, Bill. Detroit Food: Coney Dogs to Farmers Markets (American Palate). The History Press, 2014. ISBN 1609497678, 9781609497675. p. 107.
  6. ^ Kowalski, Greg. Legendary Locals of Hamtramck (Legendary Locals). Arcadia Publishing, 2012.ISBN 146710017X, 9781467100175 p. 57.
  7. ^ Quarterly Review: A Journal of University Perspectives, Volume 66. UM Libraries, 1959. p. 134.
  8. ^ Taylor, Phil. "'hey, Call Anytime'." Sports Illustrated. July 4, 1994. Retrieved on April 11, 2009.

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