Shrine Catholic High School

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Shrine Catholic High School
3500 West 13 Mile Road


Coordinates42°31′5″N 83°11′23″W / 42.51806°N 83.18972°W / 42.51806; -83.18972Coordinates: 42°31′5″N 83°11′23″W / 42.51806°N 83.18972°W / 42.51806; -83.18972
TypePrivate, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
FounderCharles Coughlin
PrincipalJames Mio
Enrollment280 (2010)
Campus size20 acres (81,000 m2)
Color(s)Navy blue and Gold         
Fight songShrine Victory Song
Athletics conferenceCatholic High School League
RivalsMadison Heights Bishop Foley and Waterford Our Lady of the Lakes
AccreditationMichigan Association of Non-Public Schools
NewspaperThe Observer

Shrine Catholic High School is a private, co-educational, Roman Catholic secondary high school located in Royal Oak, Michigan, affiliated with National Shrine of the Little Flower Church. It has an attached middle school called the "Academy". The parish founded it as an all-girls school in the late 1930s as "Little Flower High". The all-boys school, "Shrine High School", was added later, and they were eventually merged.


Father Charles Coughlin helped establish the institution while serving as one of the first Roman Catholic priests to preach to a widespread audience over the medium of radio during the Great Depression. His program became increasingly controversial as World War II approached, bringing national attention to the parish. The Bishop asked Fr. Coughlin to give up his radio show, which he did. The school maintained the name "Shrine of the Little Flower High School" into the 1960s, when it became "Shrine High School" until its latest name change in 2001.[2]

The school had more than double its current enrollment of approximately 300 students in the 1960s and 1970s, but higher admissions standards steadily reduced enrollment over the decades. Principal Thomas P. Kirkwood led the school for 40 years before his retirement. (Kirkwood was the first lay principal in the Archdiocese of Detroit.)


Shrine's campus is located on 20 acres in Royal Oak, Michigan. Features of the school include a chapel, learning resource center, an academic and college counseling center, three science labs, a two-story visual arts lab, a large library, football and softball fields, 2 fitness centers, and a student center dining hall. A new field house and the new Sanders Auditorium are the result of a renovation. Current technology is found throughout the school.


Shrine participates in the Michigan High School Athletic Association and is a member of the Catholic High School League in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. The school has placed 17 athletes into the CHSL Hall of Fame.[3]

Shrine's sports include men's and women's basketball, golf, cross-country, football, men's hockey, men's and women's soccer, women's softball, women's volleyball, men's and women's track and field, men's baseball, women's skiing, and women's tennis.

State championships[edit]

Sport Championship Years
Boys' Golf 1950, 1952[4]
Boys' Cross-Country 1973, 1974[5]

Notable alumni[edit]


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