Northwestern High School (Michigan)

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Detroit Collegiate Preparatory Academy at Northwestern
2200 West Grand Blvd.
Detroit, Michigan
United States
School type Public high school
School district Detroit Public Schools
Principal Kenyuano Jones
Grades 9-12
Language English
Area Urban
Color(s)      Red
Team name Colt

Detroit Collegiate Preparatory Academy at Northwestern is a public high school in Detroit, Michigan; it replaced the previous Northwestern High School and is a part of Detroit Public Schools.[1][2] The most recent[when?] enrollment figures for Northwestern indicate a student population of approximately 2,000.[citation needed]

The school features numerous extracurricular activities, including Debate, US Army JROTC, and interscholastic and intramural athletics. NHS also offers several advanced placement (AP) courses.

Northwestern serves as the neighborhood high school for Highland Park residents.[3]


In 2012 Southwestern High School closed; many former Southwestern students were rezoned to Northwestern.[4]

Highland Park Community High School of Highland Park Schools closed in 2015. DPS became the designated school district for the high school students of Highland Park,[5] and Northwestern High became the zoned high school for the city. That year United Automobile Workers (UAW)-Ford financed a renovation of the school's athletic facilities.[6]


For more than one hundred years, Northwestern High School has produced many outstanding student athletes who have excelled at the collegiate level and beyond. Colt alumni achievements include National Collegiate Athletic Association championships and Olympic gold medals.

In 2008, Northwestern High won the Detroit Public Secondary Schools Athletic League Championship in men's basketball. Since 1919, Northwestern basketball teams have claimed a total of sixteen DPSSAL titles.[7] Northwestern also won the 1928 Michigan High School Athletic Association basketball championship.[8]

Coach Bert Maris led Northwestern's swimming and diving program to three consecutive MHSAA team titles (1925 through 1927). In 1930, the Colt swimming team, coached by Leo Maas, won another MHSAA championship trophy;[9] Maas also guided the school to five consecutive DPSSAL titles (1933 through 1937). To this day, Northwestern remains the only Detroit public high school to win a state team championship in the sport of swimming and diving.

The Northwestern Colts also boast an impressive record in track and field.

Bert Maris and Coach Warren Hoyt led Northwestern to the 1925 MHSAA title in track. Coach Malcom Weaver and the Colts won the state track championship in 1927, 1929 and 1930.[10]

The Michigan high school sports archives also document Northwestern's MHSAA championship titles in tennis (1927), and cross country (1929).[11][12]

Due to the influx of Highland Park students, as of about 2015 the school was in the process of restoring its marching band and the wrestling programs that had been popular at Highland Park Renaissance High.[6]

The school's gymnasium, paint room, weight training room, and swimming pool were scheduled to receive renovations circa 2015.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Northwestern High School." Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on May 2, 2017. "Northwestern High School has closed. Please visit the closed school reports page for archived reports."
  2. ^ Home. Detroit Collegiate Preparatory Academy at Northwestern. Retrieved on May 2, 2017.
  3. ^ "Enroll at DPS Community District." Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on May 2, 2017. "All 8th grade students from Highland Park are encouraged to call Detroit Collegiate Preparatory Academy at Northwestern for enrollment."
  4. ^ Satyanarayana, Megha. "Contents of Southwestern High School go up for sale online today." Detroit Free Press. October 18, 2012. Retrieved on November 1, 2012.
  5. ^ Lewis, Sharon D. "Highland Park’s high school to close as enrollment dips" (Archive). The Detroit News. May 28, 2015. Retrieved on June 23, 2015. "Weatherspoon said high school students from Highland Park can enroll in nearby Detroit Public Schools, another neighboring district, a charter school or the state-run Education Achievement Authority. DPS will be the students’ home district."
  6. ^ a b c Abdel-Razzaq, Lauren (2015-09-05). "Displaced Highland Park students find new schools". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2017-05-02.  "[...]said Kenyuano Jones, principal at Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School at Northwestern, a DPS school. “This is going to be their home school. There isn’t going to be a rift.”"
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Coordinates: 42°21′29″N 83°06′11″W / 42.358°N 83.103°W / 42.358; -83.103