Harper Woods School District

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Harper Woods School District is a school district headquartered in Harper Woods, Michigan, United States in Metro Detroit.


In 2003 the district twice attempted to pass a $42 million bond that called for replacing all three school buildings. Both attempts failed, with the first failing by 25 votes and the second failing by 700 votes. If either attempted passed, each Harper Woods School District taxpayer would have had to pay an extra amount over $260 per year for 30 years. Daniel Danosky, the superintendent, said that if the district decided to renovate, the cost would be about $32 million. He argued that it would make more sense to instead build new and pay $42 million.[1]

As of March 2004, of the 3,600 households within the school district, less than 25% had school-aged children. Not all of them were enrolled in the public school system. As a result, the residents of the Harper Woods School District had a reluctance to pass school bonds.[1]

In 2013 board members considered the possibility of a school uniform policy.[2] As of 2016 all schools now have uniform policies.[3]


Beacon Elementary is located at 19475 Beaconsfield. The principal is Jan Gottsleban. The building is boarded by three little league baseball field used mostly by the teams of the Harper Woods Little League.

  • Tyrone Elementary School

Defunct schools[edit]

  • Harper Woods High School #1 - The original, combined middle-high school building was razed and replaced in the mid-2000s by the new secondary school building above.


  1. ^ a b c Keenan, Tim. "School system faces quandary." The Detroit News. Wednesday March 10, 2004. Neighborhood News 04L. Retrieved on November 21, 2011.
  2. ^ Lehmbeck, April (2013-02-12). "Harper Woods School Board discusses dress code issues". C & G News. Retrieved 2017-01-09. 
  3. ^ "2016-17 District Dress Code Policy Update." Harper Woods School District. Retrieved on January 9, 2017.

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