Seaholm High School
|Ernest W. Seaholm High School|
|2436 West Lincoln
Birmingham, Michigan, Oakland County 48009
|School district||Birmingham City School District|
|Student to teacher ratio||18:1|
|Color(s)||Maroon and white|
|Athletics conference||Oakland Activities Association|
|Average SAT scores||1912|
|Average ACT scores||25.4|
|Website||Seaholm High School|
Ernest W. Seaholm High School is a public school located within the Birmingham City School District in Birmingham, Michigan, serving grades 9-12. It is located at 2436 West Lincoln Road, Birmingham, Michigan 48009. Seaholm's student body and athletes are represented by a maroon and white maple leaf mascot.
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Seaholm opened in 1951 under the name Birmingham High. At the time, the Board of Education President was Ernest W. Seaholm (retired Chief Engineer for Cadillac) and the treasurer was Wylie E. Groves. Birmingham's two high schools are now named for them: Seaholm High School and Groves High School. Birmingham High School's first principal was Ross Wagner. John Schulz served as the next principal (1968–1979), Jim Wallendorf followed, serving from 1979 to 1992.
At one time Seaholm High School hosted classes of grades 4 through 12 of the Japanese School of Detroit, a supplementary Japanese school. In 2010, the JSD announced that it was relocating to Novi, Michigan; it moved in mid-2011.
The school has a comprehensive Division I sports program that includes wrestling, soccer and dance. The Division II sports program includes cross country running, baseball, hockey, basketball, tennis, volleyball, golf, lacrosse, swimming, competitive cheer, water polo, diving, football, and track & field.
In the 2011-2012 academic year Seaholm won a state championship in girls' tennis and girls' cross country, and was state runner-up in girls' golf and girls' swimming & diving. Seaholm also partnered with Birmingham Groves to win a state championship in girls' lacrosse as Birmingham United. Seaholm also won a state championship in girls' cross country in 2014.
The Forensics Team has consistently enjoyed success at the state-finalist level. Quiz Bowl team has also had success, winning a national championship in 1991 at the American Scholastics Competition Network Tournament of Champions and a state championship in 1994.
The student newspaper, the Seaholm Highlander, has won multiple prestigious Spartan Awards from the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association. The Highlander celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2014.
- Tim Allen, comedian, actor, voice-over artist, and entertainer; graduated from Seaholm in 1971
- Jim Benton, author and illustrator, graduated from Seaholm in 1978
- Mike Binder, screenwriter, film director, and actor; graduated from Seaholm in 1976
- Randal Bryant, University Professor of computer science at Carnegie Mellon University; former dean of the Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science; graduated from Seaholm in 1970
- Beth Hayes, (1955–1984), distinguished Northwestern University economist; graduated Seaholm in 1973
- Laura Innes, actress and director; played the role of Ado Annie in Seaholm's 1975 performance of Oklahoma!
- Christine Lahti, actress and film director.
- Paul Stookey, of Peter, Paul & Mary; graduated from Seaholm in 1955
- Ernest W. Seaholm was named the Chief Engineer at Cadillac in 1921, and remained in that position until he retired in 1943.
- "HANDBOOK For Teachers of Japanese Students." (Archive) Japanese School of Detroit. p. 4 (4/12). Retrieved on June 19, 2013. "4. Now, about 1,000 students are studying at two different school buildings. a. West Maple Elementary School Kindergarten ~ 3rd grades b. Seaholm High School 4th ~ 12th grades"
- "Japanese School of Detroit to relocate to Novi." (Archive, PDF version, Archive) Novi Community School District. December 16, 2010. Retrieved on April 17, 2011.
- "'Little Tokyo' thrives in Novi as Japanese population expands." (Archive) The Detroit News (posted at Northern Equities Group). December 19, 2011. Retrieved on November 7, 2012. Available in the archives of The Detroit News as 'Little Tokyo' thrives in Oakland", Document ID: det-129398628
-  Archived March 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- The Woodward Connection | The Detroit News
- Mike Binder - Biography
- "Young Economist was 'Very Bright'", Zachare Ball, Detroit Free Press, June 6, 1984, page 12A.
- Zikakis, Damian. "Seaholm High School Presents Oklahoma!" 19, 20, 26, & 27 Mar. 2004 8. Print.