Hastings High School (Michigan)

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Hastings High School
520 W South Street
Hastings, Michigan 49058
United States
Coordinates 42°38′16″N 85°17′41″W / 42.6378°N 85.2946°W / 42.6378; -85.2946Coordinates: 42°38′16″N 85°17′41″W / 42.6378°N 85.2946°W / 42.6378; -85.2946
School type Public, high school
Motto Home of the Saxons
Established 1877
School district Hastings Area School System
Principal Christopher Macklin
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 889
Campus type Rural
Color(s) Blue and Gold          
Mascot Saxons
Rivals Thornapple-Kellogg

Hastings High School is a public secondary school in Hastings, Michigan, United States, serving students in grades 912. The school is part of the Hastings Area School System, which includes one junior high school and four elementary schools. The mascot, the Saxons, is inexplicably named after the losing side of the battle of Hastings.


In 1877, the first graduating class of Hastings High School included only five students.[1]

New building[edit]

From 1917 to 1970, Hastings High School students attended classes at 232 W Grand Street.[1] That address is now home to Hastings Middle School. Students began attending classes in the new building at 520 W South Street on September 3, 1970.[1] "At the time of its opening, funds were approved to put all academic classrooms on a twenty-five to one pupil/teacher ratio," a major educational accomplishment achieved by few Michigan districts at that time.[1] The school contains one hundred thirty-two rooms including a gymnasium, library, cafeteria, and lecture hall.


Hastings High School offers a number of extracurricular athletics, including:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball - Boys/Girls
  • Competitive Cheer
  • Cross Country Boys/Girls
  • Football
  • Golf - Boys/Girls
  • Hockey
  • Sideline Cheer
  • Soccer - Boys/Girls
  • Softball
  • Swimming - Boys/Girls
  • Tennis - Boys/Girls
  • Track - Boys/Girls
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Peter Oberth, Founder - Shakefire.com, Producer, Director, Writer
  • Dann Howitt, Major League Baseball player for the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, and the Chicago White Sox. Howitt was the last player to get a hit off of Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan - a grand slam home run.[2]
  • Mark Brown, Basketball player who holds the Michigan high school basketball record for points in a season with 969 in 1984-85.[3] His high school career total of 2,789 ranks second all time in the state of Michigan. Brown went on to play collegiate basketball for Michigan State University and Western Michigan University.
  • Gladeon M. Barnes, U.S. Army Major General who led efforts to develop the Sherman and Pershing tanks as well as ENIAC, the first electronic general purpose computer.


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