Northwestern High School (Michigan)

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Northwestern High School
2200 West Grand Blvd
Detroit, Michigan
School type Public high school
School district Detroit Public Schools
Principal Belinda Raines
Grades 9-12
Language English
Area Urban
Color(s)      Red
Team name Colts

Northwestern High School is a public high school in Detroit, Michigan. The most recent enrollment figures for Northwestern indicate a student population of approximately 2,000. Northwestern High School features numerous extracurricular activities; including: Debate, US Army JROTC, interscholastic and intramural athletics. NHS also offers several advanced placement (AP) courses. In 2012 Southwestern High School closed; many former Southwestern students were rezoned to Northwestern.[1]

Known Throughout the Land[edit]

For more than one-hundred years, Northwestern High School has produced a multitude of outstanding student athletes who excelled at the collegiate level and beyond; Colt alumni achievements range from National Collegiate Athletic Association championships to Olympic gold medals - and everything in between.

In addition to the world of sports, a partial list of distinguished Northwestern graduates includes highly respected names from the political and entertainment arena.

Northwestern Colts[edit]

From the earliest days, in a wide variety of sporting endeavors, Detroit-Northwestern High School has enjoyed a long and storied tradition.

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.[2] Northwestern also won the 1928 Michigan High School Athletic Association basketball championship.[3]

Coach Bert Maris led the Northwestern 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;[4] 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. During the same year Bert Maris coached Northwestern to a state championship in swimming, he and Coach Warren Hoyt led Northwestern to the 1925 MHSAA title in track. Toward decade's end, Coach Malcom Weaver and the Colts won the state track championship in 1927, 1929 and 1930.[5] The Michigan high school sports archives also document Northwestern's MHSAA championship titles in tennis (1927), and cross country (1929).[6][7]

Notable alumni[edit]


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Coordinates: 42°21′29″N 83°06′11″W / 42.358°N 83.103°W / 42.358; -83.103