Redford High School

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Redford High School was a secondary school in Detroit, Michigan. A part of Detroit Public Schools, the school opened in September 1921 and ceased operations in June 2007. Staffed and operated by the Detroit Public Schools; Redford High School served the sub-communities of Old Redford, Grandmont, Rosedale Park and Brightmoor.[1][2]


Chastity Pratt of the Detroit Free Press wrote, "when it was built, Redford was the jewel of the district."[3] Redford offered university preparatory classes for its students such as Business Law and Fashion merchandising to mention a few.[citation needed]

In December 2006, the Detroit Public School District announced that it planned to close Redford; concerned alumni and parents mounted a valiant yet unsuccessful drive to prevent the closure.[3][4] 2007, the school's third floor was empty. The property was purchased by Meijer, Inc., as a site for a future store complex;[5] the high school facilities were demolished in September 2012.[6]

Detroit's Cooley and Cody High School absorbed much of the attendance area from Redford; including Brightmoor and Grandmont. Henry Ford High School assumed jurisdiction over the remaining northern neighborhoods.[7][8][9]

In June 2015 a Meijer store opened on the Redford site. As of 2015 it was Meijer's second Detroit location.[10] This store uses stonework from the former Redford building.[11]


The golf team won three consecutive Michigan High School Athletic Association championships (1928, '29, '30).[12]

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  1. ^ "High School Attendance Areas." Detroit Public Schools. July 10, 2003. Retrieved on November 2, 2012.
  2. ^ "A Basic Community Profile: Brightmoor." (Archive) City Connect Detroit at University of Michigan. Retrieved November 13, 2009.
  3. ^ a b Pratt, Chastity. "Detroit's Redford High down but not broken: Amid heaps of woes, a few fight to save it." Detroit Free Press. February 23, 2007. Retrieved on November 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "Inside Closed Schools." Detroit Free Press. 1. Retrieved on April 19, 2009.
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  7. ^ "Cody HS Attendance Area 2007-008[permanent dead link]." Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on November 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "High School Attendance Areas 7/10/2003." Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on November 13, 2009.
  9. ^ "High School Boundary Map[permanent dead link]." Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on October 20, 2009.
  10. ^ "Meijer opens its 2nd Detroit store amid song, donations" (Archive). Detroit Free Press. June 11, 2015. Retrieved on June 23, 2015.
  11. ^ Smith, Kyla. "Meijer's new Detroit store keeps memory of Redford High" (Archive). Detroit News. June 11, 2015. Retrieved on May 22, 2016.
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  13. ^ Kelly, Sherry (2010). The Big Life of A Little Man: Michael Dunn Remembered. Tate Publishing. p. 45. ISBN 9781615664429. Retrieved 19 November 2018. While attending high school at Detroit's Redford High School Gary was active in several groups,...
  14. ^ "Fate put Detroit boy on doomed jet". Detroit Free Press. February 16, 1961. p. 2 – via
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Coordinates: 42°24′43.4″N 83°15′09.8″W / 42.412056°N 83.252722°W / 42.412056; -83.252722