Kettering High School

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Charles F. Kettering Senior High School
6101 Van Dyke
Detroit, Michigan
Coordinates 42°23′05″N 83°01′15″W / 42.38472°N 83.02083°W / 42.38472; -83.02083Coordinates: 42°23′05″N 83°01′15″W / 42.38472°N 83.02083°W / 42.38472; -83.02083
Type High School
Motto "Go Hard or Go Home"
Established 1964
Principal Patrisha Murrey
Grades 9-12 including Dual Enrollment
Color(s) Royal Blue and White
Mascot Pioneer
Affiliation Detroit Public Schools

Kettering High School was a four-year high school within the Detroit Public Schools system. Located in Detroit, Michigan, in the United States, the school was built in what is now known to be a low-income neighborhood. Kettering offered many classes that met the academic grading in the United States.


Built in 1964 on the eastside of Detroit, Michigan, Kettering high school was named after Charles F. Kettering the famous American inventor, and head of research at General Motors.[citation needed]

In 2010 DPS planned to consolidate Kettering with Southeastern High School. Officials stopped when they learned that rival gangs held influence at the schools.[1] On February 2012, it was announced that Kettering would close at the end of the school year.[2] Students in the regular program were rezoned to Denby, King, Pershing, and Southeastern. Kettering West Wing students were moved to schools with similar programs, including Charles R. Drew Transition Center, East English Village Preparatory Academy, Southeastern, and Jerry L. White Center.[3] Reasons for closure included low academic performance and a decreasing number of enrolled students. In addition there were increased maintenance costs related to Kettering's physical plant.[4]

In 2014 DPS announced that it would convert the campus into the Kettering Urban Agricultural Campus, an urban farm. Operations were scheduled to begin that year.[4]


Kettering is located on the eastside of Detroit, Michigan. Its address is 6101 Van Dyke Detroit, Michigan 48213.

The former campus has 27 acres (11 ha) of space. It is at the intersection of Interstate 94 (Edsel Ford Freeway) and Van Dyke Road. By 2014 many properties around the school site had been abandoned, and as of that year the former campus is vacant.[4]

Kettering Pioneers Athletic Hall of Fame[edit]

  • By virtue of his 1968 Michigan High School Athletic Association title in the 880-yard run, Roger Cleaver became Kettering's first major athletic champion.[5]
  • 1970&71 Ketterings boys Basketball team led by Lindsey Harriston(Michigan State),Howard Robinson(Iowa),Eric Money(Arizona),Joe Johnson(Michigan),and Cornell Norman(Arizona) won back to back DPSSAL city championships.All at some point were drafted in the NBA,or got preseason try outs.
  • Anthony Thompson, Eddie Woods, Eldon Parham and anchorman, Charles Carroll won the 440-yard relay for Kettering at the 1973 MHSAA track and field championships.[6]
  • Calvin Reed was a renowned football and track athlete for the Pioneers; in 1974, Calvin took first place in the shot put at the MHSAA finals.[6]
  • Jon Boyd, Eugene Singleton, Sollie Boone, and two-time state titlist, Charles Carroll took first place in the 440-yard relay at the 1974 MHSAA championships.[6]
  • In 1977, John Anthony and Paul Butler teamed with Stan Edwards and Deon Hogan to win another state championship for Kettering; this one came in the 880-yard relay.[6]
  • Multisport standout, Stan Edwards (1978) starred on the gridiron and in the sport of track and field. In 1977, Stan ran lead-off on Kettering's MHSAA champion 880-yard relay team. In college, Edwards played football for the University of Michigan; he was also a six-year veteran of the National Football League. Stan Edwards is the father of Braylon Edwards; an All-American at the University of Michigan, and wide-receiver with the NFL's New York Jets.[6][7]
  • A Kettering teammate of Stan Edwards', Jerome Foster (1978) played collegiately at Ohio State University. Foster also played four seasons as a defensive end and nose tackle in the NFL.[8]
  • Deon Hogan (1978) won a total of four MHSAA track and field titles during his years at Kettering High. In 1977, Deon was state champion in the 440-yard dash; he also ran the anchor leg on Kettering's victorious 880-yard relay team. Then in 1978, Deon Hogan won state championships in the 100 and 220-yard dash.[6]
  • Kettering's Florette McGowan, Mona McGowan, Felicia Clark and Edwina Mason comprised the quartet that took first place in the 880-yard relay, at the 1978 MHSAA ladies' track and field championships.[9]
  • 1989 Kettering's boys cross country team led by all-city runners Desmond Caldwell,Ernest Jackson,Damon Brazil,Jermaine King, posted an undefeated regular season,and were the Eastside Detroit division champs and city runners-up.

Administration and School Code[edit]

Principal: Mr. Leroy Bougard Regional Superintendent: Dr. James Ray

What they offer[edit]

• Local School Community Organization (LSCO). • Instrumental Music. • Fine Arts. • Advanced Art. • Advanced Placement Classes. • All students are Career and College Prep. • Parent Classes. • After School Tutoring. • Seven Computer Labs. • Spanish Language Classes. • Benjamin Banneker Honors Program • Choir • Marching Band/Orchestra • Sports • Technology/IT Classes

Detroit Allied Health Middle College High School program[edit]

In 2007, Detroit Allied Health Middle College High School (DAHMC) was opened at Kettering High School. It is a newly developed Detroit Public School, in partnership with Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) and Detroit Medical Center (DMC). The program is designed to prepare male and female students for the ever-increasing employment opportunities in the health care field. Students who successfully complete the academic curriculum of Detroit Allied Health Middle College High School will graduate with both a high school diploma and an Associate Degree or two years of transferable college credit from Wayne County Community College District.

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