Henry Ford High School (Detroit, Michigan)

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Henry Ford High School
20000 Evergreen Road

PrincipalMichael Mokdad
Color(s)Brown and Gold         
Athletics conferenceDetroit Public School League
RivalRedford High School

Henry Ford High School is located at 20000 Evergreen Road, on the northwest side of Detroit, Michigan. The facility is staffed and operated by Detroit Public Schools. Ford High opened its doors on September 5, 1957; it was constructed to accommodate an overflow of students from nearby Cooley, Mumford, and Redford high schools.[2] In 2007, DPS closed Redford High School. As a result, Henry Ford now serves the Detroit sub-community of Old Redford.[3][4][5] DPS will re-assume control of Ford High in fall 2017.[6]

School history[edit]

Built on Detroit's West side in the late 1950s, the school was completed in Fall 1962. Ford was built to accommodate the student overflow from Mumford, Redford, and Cooley high schools as population increased in this area. When it first opened, Ford's north-side was a bare cinder-block wall. When it was removed a few years later, the school's classroom sections were connected to the auditorium and gym.[7]

Less than three years after the January 1955 ground breaking ceremony, Detroit's Henry Ford High School (located on Evergreen Rd, between Trojan and Fargo) opened its doors to 9th and 10th grade students on September 5, 1957. The school was built on a 23.5-acre (95,000 m2) site (costing $120,000), which was part of a parcel of land known as Southfield Woods. The building cost was $2.275M. At that time Ford consisted mainly of classrooms and a cafeteria – there was no 11th or 12th grade until the fall of 1959. Ford had no gym, auditorium, or laboratory facilities. Its initial capacity was designed for 1,225 people. The initial enrollment was 1,541 students and 64 faculty. Construction of additional facilities were completed by the end of 1962.[2]


The Trojans won the school's first state title in 2016 when they captured the boys basketball state championship.[8]

In popular culture[edit]

  • The school was featured in the 2011 Dan Rather report, "A National Disgrace." In the fall of 2010 there were 826 students appearing for the first day of school at Ford, while the previous year it had 1,300 students.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  4. ^ "High School Attendance Areas 7/10/2003." Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on November 13, 2009.
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  12. ^ Patton, Naomi R. "Conyers to launch initiative to curb school violence in DPS" (). Detroit Free Press. October 17, 2008. Retrieved on January 9, 2013. "“Now, more than ever, it needs to be institutionalized,” Conyers, a Henry Ford alum, said this morning about the school violence response plan."
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  21. ^ http://www.mhsaa.com/Sports/BoysTrackField/IndividualChampions/2000s.aspx
  22. ^ http://www.mhsaa.com/Sports/GirlsTrackField/IndividualChampions/1980s.aspx
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  26. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-16. Retrieved 2013-08-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

Coordinates: 42°26′20″N 83°14′17″W / 42.439°N 83.238°W / 42.439; -83.238