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Jackson High School (Michigan)

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Jackson High School
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544 Wildwood Avenue


Coordinates42°15′00″N 84°25′07″W / 42.2499°N 84.4187°W / 42.2499; -84.4187Coordinates: 42°15′00″N 84°25′07″W / 42.2499°N 84.4187°W / 42.2499; -84.4187
TypePublic High School
School districtJackson Public Schools
PrincipalBarbara Baird-Pauli
Teaching staff72.05 (FTE)
Enrollment1279 (2014-2015)
Student to teacher ratio17.75
Color(s)Orange & Black        
Athletics conferenceSoutheastern Conference
Team nameVikings
RivalLumen Christi Catholic High School
NewspaperThe Reflector News

Jackson High School is a public high school located near downtown Jackson, Michigan. The school was created in 1908 with the merger of Jackson's West Side and East Side High Schools and moved to its present location in 1927. The school's mascot is the Viking. The athletic teams compete as members of the Southeastern Conference as of 2018[3]. It is a part of the Jackson Public Schools.

Jackson High School, alongside its normal curriculum, has a dual enrollment program where students can take courses at the local community college, Jackson College.[4]


The administration of Jackson High School consist of four principals - one for each grade level - who are responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, along with supervising events, and implementing curriculum. The building principal, also known as the Principal for Instruction and principal for the 12th grade, is currently Barbara Baird-Pauli.


The demographic breakdown of the 1,279 students enrolled for the school year 2014-15 was:

  • Male - 49.8%
  • Female - 50.2%
  • Native American/Alaskan - 0.2%
  • Asian/Pacific islander - 1.6%
  • Black - 37.3%
  • Hispanic - 5.2%
  • White - 53.1%
  • Multiracial - 2.6%

Additionally, 56.9% of the students were eligible for free or reduced lunch.[1]


In their junior year, students are required by Jackson Public Schools to take the MME and the ACT. As of 2013, Jackson High has three hundred and eighty seven students in seventeen sections of AP classes covering:[5]

  • AP English Literature
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP French Language
  • AP Spanish Language
  • AP World History
  • AP Human Geography

The building

Originally built in 1927, the three-story tall building stands thirty three meters, or one hundred and nine feet tall. After Jackson High School received a $27 million renovation (one that also restored the building after many years of neglect due to budget constraints), a science wing was built.[6] A highlight of this building is Britton Hall, commonly referred to as the Shakespeare Room, that is patterned after an old English hall in Stratford, England.

Extracurricular Activities

Fine and performing arts


JHS has four concert bands as well as an orchestra. The Cadet band is composed of freshmen; varsity, varsity wind ensemble, and symphony band are sophomores through seniors. In addition to the four concert bands Jackson High has two after school jazz bands and a marching band. The marching band has performed at the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida.[7]


The Jackson High vocal music program currently consists of two choirs, Varsity Voices and Euphony Choir. In addition, there is an extracurricular choral group known as The Black History Tour Group. They have sung at presidential inaugurations twice, in 2001 and 2009 and have appeared at White House functions three times, in 1998, 2004 and 2007.[8]


Jackson High School offers a class in theater.[9] The drama club puts on two to three performances per year. After-school programs are also available, including Improv and other theater productions.

Visual Arts

The visual arts classes at Jackson High vary from general art classes to Sculpture, Drawing and AP Studio Art.


Sports offered for both boys and girls are: basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming, track, and tennis. In addition Jackson High also offers boys' baseball, football, hockey, and wrestling, and girls' cheerleading, softball, and volleyball.

Athletic facilities

Jackson High School's gymnasium is an over two thousand seat facility that holds home basketball games, along with MHSAA playoff games. The gymnasium has three full basketball courts, volleyball courts, and a three lane one hundred and sixty meter indoor track. Withington Community Stadium and Dungy Field are home to the Jackson High School football and track and field teams, as well as the Lumen Christi High School football team. On October 24, 2008, Dungy Field was dedicated to the entire Dungy Family, most notably Tony Dungy. The track at Withington Community Stadium and Dungy Field has a nine lane four hundred meter surface made of a combination of rubber and polyurethane. Withington Stadium holds ten thousand people, and hosts MHSAA football playoffs, along with the Midwest Meet of Champions. The soccer teams play at Justin Mehall Memorial Field. Jackson High School also has two different tennis facilities, the six court complex is at Jackson High School, and the new ten court Dennis Kiley Tennis Complex is located at the Middle School at Parkside, but is utilized by Jackson High School. Jackson High also has a six lane twenty five yard length pool, a fitness center, and a second gymnasium.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Jackson High School". Retrieved 15 February 2017.
  2. ^ "The Reflector News". Wordpress. Retrieved 20 April 2014.
  3. ^ Garcia, Tony (June 20, 2017). "Jackson High School to join SEC White starting in 2018-19 school year". Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Voorhees, Linda. "Jackson High School class of 2013 top graduates announced". In student Calvin Spring's activities he lists dual enrolling at Jackson College as an activity: MLive. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  5. ^ Smith, Leanne. "Jackson High School students getting an edge on college with Advanced Placement classes". MLive. MLive. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Preservation, renovation of 87-year-old Jackson High School earns architect Lifetime Viking Award". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  7. ^ Smith, Leanne (2014-12-27). "Jackson High marching band celebrating New Year's Day with performance at Outback Bowl". Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Shirley Pitts, founder of Jackson High School Black History Tour Group, dies at 67". Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Theatre and Dance Department". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  10. ^ "A decade in review 2000-2009". Retrieved 2017-05-15.
  11. ^ "Indiana Third District Democratic Party: Reality - Coats". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  12. ^ (tm), The Yearbook Network ( "Viking Alumni". Viking Alumni. Retrieved 2017-05-15.
  13. ^ (tm), The Yearbook Network ( "Jackson High School (MI) class of 1960 Alumni". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Steve Kampfer Bio - Michigan Ice Hockey -". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  15. ^ "Women's baseball pioneer Vivian Kellogg dies at age 91". Retrieved 2017-05-15.
  16. ^ Salisbury, Danielle (10 September 2008). "Ex-NFL player Love arrested in nightclub brawl". Retrieved 29 November 2014.
  17. ^ Pat Rombyer (2009-03-07). "Jack Paar moved to Jackson in the 1930s". Jackson Citizen Patriot. Retrieved 2014-04-22 – via
  18. ^ "Former Jackson High School graduate James Stanley hoping work with defensive backs for Cleveland Browns extends beyond preseason game against Detroit Lions". Retrieved 2017-05-15.
  19. ^ "Tyler Thomas Mugshot - 07/07/13 Mississippi Arrest". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  20. ^ "Alfred Worden, Class of 1950 - Jackson High School - Classmates". Retrieved 13 February 2017.

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