Tecumseh High School (Michigan)

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Tecumseh High School
Tecumseh, Michigan
United States
Coordinates 42°00′43″N 83°57′29″W / 42.012°N 83.958°W / 42.012; -83.958Coordinates: 42°00′43″N 83°57′29″W / 42.012°N 83.958°W / 42.012; -83.958
School type Public secondary
Established 1867
School district Tecumseh Public Schools
Enrollment <1,000 (2011)
Color(s) Black and Orange

Tecumseh High School is a public high school for students in grades 9-12 located in the city of Tecumseh, Michigan. The school services an area of roughly 80 square miles (210 km2) and includes the city of Tecumseh and parts of the Townships of Adrian, Clinton, Franklin, Macon, Raisin, Ridgeway, and Tecumseh. Tecumseh schools are essentially rural and seen as a middle class school system. For the 2001 school year, the Tecumseh Public School system opened the doors to a new $33 million high school; the state-of-the-art facilities are aimed at allowing "Tecumseh students the opportunity to be better prepared for college and the workforce in a global society." The proximity to higher education institutions is noted as a strength of the school district. "The University of Michigan, University of Toledo, Eastern Michigan University, Adrian College, Siena Heights University, Washtenaw Community College, Monroe Community College and Cleary College are all within a 35-mile (56 km) radius of the community. Jackson College a strong partner with the Tecumseh School District, offers classes both in Tecumseh and neighboring Adrian".[1]


The history of educational facilities in Tecumseh, Michigan began in the winter of 1824 when the founders of the city of Tecumseh, the Evans Family and Brown Family, constructed a schoolhouse made of tamarack poles to house their children. In 1826, a larger, eighteen feet by twenty feet, privately funded school house was built on the public square on Maumee Street. Until 1832 this was the only village school in Lenawee County; in that year, another private school was established on the ridge beyond Evans Creek until being moved to the county courthouse in 1836. The Tecumseh school system continued in this fashion for three years until a branch of the State University was opened. 1840 brought the first publicly funded educational facility when the state of Michigan promoted the building of brick buildings for the house schools. In 1855 a site was purchased at the corner of Ottawa and Shawnee Streets, and in the next year, the school was finished.

First publicly funded Tecumseh School.

The year 1866 saw the first graduating class of Tecumseh with a total of eight students receiving diplomas.[2] Typical of most schools of the era, Tecumseh High School operated more as a college rather than a high school of today. In 1905, students were subject to examination and classification for admission which limited the class size significantly. Students deemed eligible for admission were then subject to tuition: $16.67 to the high school, $13.33 to the grammar department, $11.67 to the primary department. These three departments housed the three courses of study: Latin, Science, and English. A student with a diploma in one of these areas was given admission to any college in the state, without examination.[3] It wasn't until 1919 that the school took the form of a traditional high school.

Tecumseh High School 1919-1949.
Gym circa 1922.
Domestic Science room circa 1922.

Construction for an updated building on nearby Maumee Street began on December 3, 1948. By 1950, the classroom section of the new high school was complete.

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  1. ^ http://www.mytecumseh.org/Education/education.html}
  2. ^ Hialey, Mrs. J.R. (1904). A Paper. Clara Waldron Historical Room, Tecumseh District Library, Tecumseh, MI: The Tecumseh Herald. 
  3. ^ Tecumseh Public Schools (1905). Year Book of the Tecumseh Public Schools - Announcement Calendar and Courses of Study 1905-1906. Clara Waldron Historical Room, Tecumseh District Library, Tecumseh, MI: Tecumseh Public Schools. 

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