Southfield-Lathrup High School
|Southfield-Lathrup High School
"Home of the Chargers"
|19301 West Twelve Mile Road
|School district||Southfield Public Schools|
|Color(s)||Red and White|
|Website||Southfield-Lathrup High School|
Southfield-Lathrup High School was a senior high school in Lathrup Village, Michigan, United States. It was the second oldest of three high schools in the Southfield Public Schools district, the oldest being Southfield High School, and the youngest being University High School Academy.
- 1 History, milestones, and awards
- 2 Campus
- 3 Extracurricular activities
- 4 Curriculum
- 5 Notable teachers
- 6 Alumni
- 7 References
- 8 External links
History, milestones, and awards
Southfield-Lathrup High School (SLHS) opened in 1967 to accommodate the growing Southfield and Lathrup Village populations. SLHS opened with the 1967-68 school year and accommodated Sophomores only from Birney Junior High School, one of four junior high schools in Southfield. Adding a class of sophomores in each of the following two school years, 1968–69 and 1969–70, it graduated its first class in 1970. Located in Lathrup Village, the high school was part of the Southfield Public School District.
Southfield-Lathrup High School closed at the end of the 2015-16 school year, and its students will be divided between Southfield High School and University High School Academy, which will move into Lathrup's campus. Berkley High School, Groves High School, Shrine Catholic High School and Oak Park High School are also expected to receive some Southfield-Lathrup students.
Southfield-Lathrup was previously one of the most diverse high schools in the State of Michigan. In the 1970s and 1980s, Southfield-Lathrup High School had a minority population of Arab Americans, primarily Assyrian and Jewish students, but like most of suburban Michigan the student base was Christian and Caucasian. In 1973 the high school had one African American enrolled. In the early-to-late 1990s, more middle-class African-Americans began attending Southfield-Lathrup, and it eventually transformed into the predominately African-American High School that it is today. Starting in the 2002–2003 school year, the Southfield Public Schools District stopped observing major Jewish holidays because of a marked decrease in Jewish students and faculty.
Beginning with the 2005–2006 school year, a dress code was instituted at the high school level, finalizing the process of bringing all of the Southfield Public Schools district under a dress code policy. All members of the board supported the measure and voted aye, except for Trustee Karen Miller. Ms. Miller voted no because she didn't feel that there was enough input from students in the development of the dress code.
The campus consists of the main building, a soccer field, a football field, and various parking lots. Students park in the west parking lot. The building is divided into several distinct zones called "houses."
A, B, C, and D House
Four two-story wings contain most of the school's class rooms. Oddly, the second floors of these wings are not attached to each other. A and B house are located toward the front of the school, facing Twelve Mile Road. C and D house are located toward the rear of the building.
A House contains the Charger Cafe, which sells food items and Southfield-Lathrup-related memorabilia.
B House contains most of the science labs and the Medical and Natural Sciences Academy.
C House contains the Career Center and the majority of the math department.
D House contains the counseling office and the weight training rooms.
- Substitute the word "wing" for "house"... A wing, G wing, etc...
G House contains the Arts and Communications Academy, Band Room, Choir Room, Piano Laboratory, Art Studios, Dance Studios, and the auditorium. Southfield-Lathrup's auditorium is equipped with a full sized stage, dressing room, costume room, lighting, and sound equipment. Every year, Lathrup's drama department produces a fall play and a spring musical. The spring musical typically includes Lathrup's dance and music departments.
- Newspaper – The Charger Chronicle
- Yearbook – The Synthesis
- Art Club
- Gay-Straight Alliance
- Embrace The Difference
- Lathrup's Lovely Ladies
- Southfield-Lathrup High School Marching Band "Marching Chargers"
- Chess Club
- Fashion Club
- Student Congress
- National Honor Society, http://www.southfield.k12.mi.us/education/club/club.php?sectionid=1511
- Scholars Plus
- Graduates "Distinguished Scholars" from the Southfield Public School System
- Spanish Club
- French Club
- Intramural Sports Program
- Anime Club
Southfield-Lathrup Senior High School is home to two of four Academies serving the Southfield Public Schools district, specifically the Medical and Natural Sciences Academy and the Arts and Communications Academy. Both academies have separate entry requirements from the mainstream curriculum. Most students apply at the end of their tenth grade year and take classes in their eleventh and twelfth grade years. The other two academies are the Engineering & Manufacturing Sciences Academy and the Global Business & Information Technology Academy, are located at Southfield High School
Medical and Natural Sciences Academy
- IB Biology
- IB Chemistry
- Health Careers & Health Skills Training
- Anatomy and Physiology
Arts and Communications Academy
- Vocal Music
- Creative Writing
- Dance Technique/Dance Company
- Play Production
- Visual Animation Lab
- TV Production
- School Newspaper
The Louise Ward Memorial Scholarship was established in 2001 for Southfield-Lathrup Students for continued studies in vocal music. The Fund was initiated by alumni of the Southfield Lathrup High School Madrigal Singers in grateful memory of Louise Ward who was, at once, their teacher, mentor, role model, and friend.
Advanced placement options
Southfield-Lathrup High also offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses in several different subjects including:
- United States History
- United States Government & Politics
- Environmental Science
- Spanish Language
- English Language and Composition
- English Literature and Composition
In recent years, Southfield-Lathrup High School also offered Advanced Placement Physics, Statistics, European History, Spanish, and French. Though these courses aren't offered, students are encouraged to independently study the subject material and take the test.
Summer reading program
All Southfield-Lathrup High students are required to read books from a preselected list over the summer. Honors and AP English students receive more books to read than other students. AP United States History Students are also given summer reading.
Beginning the summer of 2006, all summer reading work was required to be submitted through mydropbox.com, an online plagiarism screening service.
- Thomas Sleete, History and Social Studies
- grader for United States History Advanced Placement exams
- The Gilder Lehrman Institute History Teacher of the Year Award.
- consultant to the College Board for AP US History
- Mignon Hayes, English
- Edna Vasquez, Math
- grader for Calculus Advanced Placement exams
- Richard Dunaj-Ring, Biology
- grader for Biology Advanced Placement exams
In 2002, Kim Watt (class of 1970) created a networking site titled Southfield-Lathrup Senior High School Alumni. Currently, 8,206 alumni have created profiles on that website.
Mark Goldstein (class of 1971) proposed "Chargers" as the school mascot). Goldstein was an honors trumpet player in the orchestra and all of the bands, and was also a member of the first Charger Marching Band.
- Lauren Bentely, Last class president of Southfield Lathrup
- Willie Beavers, professional football player
- Mike Chappell, c/o 1996, international professional basketball player.
- Daniel Gilbert, Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, founder of Quicken Loans
- Mark Howe, Retired NHL defenseman. Earned a Silver Medal at the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo, Japan and as a 16-year-old (while attending SL high school) became the youngest hockey player to ever win an Olympic medal. Played 16 seasons in the National Hockey League and 6 seasons in the World Hockey Association. Inducted in the NHL Hall of Fame in 2011. His #2 jersey was officially retired by the Philadelphia Flyers in 2012.
- Marty Howe, former professional ice hockey player. Howe was drafted in the third round, 51st overall in the 1974 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. He played 5 seasons in the NHL.
- Jason Jones, c/o 2004, professional American football player for the Detroit Lions
- Eric Lefkofsky, 1987, internet entrepreneur and co-founder of Groupon.
- Darilis Garcia McMillian, founder of Delta Tau Lambda Sorority, Incorporated
- Michael Stone retired safety, for the New England Patriots, and more recently the New York Giants.
- Billy Whitehouse, c/o 1988, actor.
- University High School Academy – The U: Home of the Soaring Eagles!
- Southfield Lathrup Music Boosters
- Hoops competition gets Southfield-Lathrup girls season-ready | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press
- Southfield – Lathrup High School (Lathrup Village, MI) – contact info, student demographics, map, class sizes
- Lathrup's Lovely Ladies – Lathrup's Lovely Ladies Welcome You!
- Band – Marching Chargers
- Southfield Community Foundation
- City of Southfield – Statistics
- The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Student Prizes and Awards
- College of Arts and Sciences – Continuing Education – Advanced Placement Institute – Faculty
- Ira Newble = Good Guy [Archive] – RealCavsFans
- Delta Tau Lambda
- Michael Stone – Official New England Patriots Biography