West Bloomfield School District

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West Bloomfield School District
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West Bloomfield Township, Michigan
District information
Type Public
Motto Educating Students to be their best IN and FOR the world
Grades PK12
Established 1949
Superintendent Dr. Gerald D. Hill
Students and staff
Students 6,633
Teachers 450
Other information
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West Bloomfield School District is located in the township of West Bloomfield, Michigan. It was formed in 1949 and covers approximately sixteen square miles. It serves portions of West Bloomfield, all of Keego Harbor, about 99% of Orchard Lake Village and about 10% of Sylvan Lake.[1]


Settled in the early days of the 19th century, the district was originally a farming community. Late in the 19th and early in the 20th century, it became a popular lake resort area, accessible from Detroit by interurban railway. In the natural course of suburbanization, it became a highly desirable suburban bedroom community and today is a well developed and maintained area of single family homes and some up-scale condominiums and apartments.

Board of Education[edit]

The board is responsible for carrying out mandatory laws as expressed in the Michigan Constitution and Michigan Statutes, Federal Laws and Regulations relating to schools and school districts. The three main responsibilities of the board are:

  1. Hiring the superintendent
  2. Adopting policies
  3. Adopting the budget

The current Board of Education Members are:

  • President: Julie Beaty
  • Vice President: Nelson Hersh
  • Treasurer: Christina Elsen
  • Secretary: Carol Finkelstein
  • Trustee: Randi Sakwa
  • Trustee: Kenneth Ferguson

For more information on the Board of Education please click here

West Bloomfield School District Superintendents[edit]

  • Warren W. Abbott (1949-1952)
  • Dr. Leif A. Hougen (1952-1968)
  • Dr. Anthony Witham (1968-1973)
  • Dr. Jerry J. Herman (1973-1982)
  • Dr. Seymour Gretchko (1982-2002)
  • Dr. Gary Faber (2002-2008)
  • Dr. JoAnne Andrees (2008-2012)
  • Dr. Gerald D. Hill (2012-Present)


As of 2013 the district has 6,633 students, with 5,703 living within the district and 1,326 from outside the district as part of its "Schools of Choice" program. A 2008 survey indicated that major non-English languages spoken in families of students included Albanian, Arabic, Aramaic, Chinese, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Urdu.[1]

Preschool Academy[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]

Former Elementary Schools

  • Gertrude V. Ealy Elementary

Middle schools[edit]

High schools[edit]

This is an image of the West Bloomfield High School Exterior


West Bloomfield Schools are a voluntary member of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA). West Bloomfield High School is a member of the Oakland Activities Association which comprises 24 Oakland County Schools. It is divided into three or four divisions in order to develop equitable competition. Realignment takes place annually to ensure that the goals and criteria are met.

West Bloomfield Middle Schools, Abbott and Orchard Lake, are members of the Farmington-West Bloomfield League. Swimming and Track are affiliated with schools outside of the FWB to create equitable competition.


  1. ^ a b "District Overview." (Archive) West Bloomfield School District. Retrieved on September 8, 2013.

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