Winston Churchill High School (Livonia, Michigan)

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Winston Churchill High School
Churchill High School Livonia Michigan.jpg
8900 Newburgh Road
Livonia, Michigan 48150
United States
Coordinates 42°21′19″N 83°24′31″W / 42.3554°N 83.4086°W / 42.3554; -83.4086Coordinates: 42°21′19″N 83°24′31″W / 42.3554°N 83.4086°W / 42.3554; -83.4086
Type Public school
Established 1968
School district Livonia Public Schools
Principal Keith McDonald
Staff 119
Grades 9–12
Number of students 1,696 (2014-15 school year)
Color(s) Black and Red          
Athletics conference

Western-Six Conference (1970-1982)
Western Lakes Activities Association (1982-2008)

Kensington Lakes Activities Association (2008- )
Mascot Sir Winston
Team name Chargers
Newspaper Charger Herald
Yearbook Historian
Accreditation North Central Association

Churchill High School, named after Winston Churchill, is one of the three main public high schools (and the most recently built) in the city of Livonia, Michigan, a western suburb of Detroit. The school was created in 1968 as an add-on to the other high schools in Livonia in response to the population boom that the city saw at the time. The first school year (1968–69), a sophomore class attended classes at nearby Franklin High School. Beginning in the 1969-70 school year, classes were then held in the new building with a junior and sophomore class. The first graduating class graduated in June 1971. The school is home to the MSC (Math, Science, and Computers) program as well as the Creative and Performing Arts program (CAPA). It also has a wide variety of athletics. The Girls' Cross-Country team finished second in the state of Michigan in 2006, and the Girls' Varsity Volleyball team won the 2007 state championship.[1] The Livonia Career Technical Center is across the street, providing all Livonia Public School students the opportunity to engage in many hands-on activities.

Math, Science, and Computer program[edit]

The Livonia Public School District provides magnet programs for the academically talented student, in grades one through grade 12. The magnet programs offer students the opportunity to experience an appropriately accelerated, integrated curriculum in an enriched environment with their intellectual peers. Teachers and support staffs are sensitive to the developmental issues of the particular age as well as the social/emotional issues of highly talented youngsters.

Teachers in the magnet programs at each level meet as a team on a regularly scheduled basis to integrate curricular content. Child study meetings dealing with social/emotional needs are conducted regularly in the programs.

The magnet programs include programming at the elementary level, 1-6, ACAT; middle school level, 7-8, MACAT; the high school level, 9-12 in the Math, Science and Computer Program (MSC) which is housed at Churchill High School.

The Math/Science/Computer Program, MSC, located at Churchill High School, is a four-year program that begins with a thirty-student ninth grade class. Admissions are based on previous standardized testing and a special test usually administered in a student's second year of junior high school, during the month of December. A number of students who are not initially accepted into the program (known as "alternates") may participate in a limited number of MSC classes, or may be allowed full entry if students drop out of the program at the end of a school year.

The curriculum is specifically designed for students who have an intense interest in math and science. The accelerated courses are taught at a faster pace and in greater depth. The Advance Placement, AP, Program gives students the opportunity to pursue college-level studies and receive advance placement and/or credit upon entering college. Many of the students also participate in Churchill High School's Accelerated Language Arts Program.

Creative and Performing Arts program[edit]

The Creative and Performing Arts program is a program for students who are interested in pursuing a career or college degree in the arts. Students choose a program to major in (Dance, Acting, and Vocal Arts) and then take classes in those programs. CAPA also offers extracurricular activities including field trips, master classes, and shows. The shows are usually musicals or plays with four put on every year. Shows are available to the general public with evening programs on the weekend.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Zach Gowen, former WWE and TNA Wrestling star
  • Judy Greer, actress and former member of CAPA
  • Ryan Kesler, professional hockey player of the Anaheim Ducks and Olympic silver medalist on Team USA
  • Jonathan B. Wright, actor and former member of CAPA, starred in the original Broadway production of Spring Awakening.
  • Derek Grant, Current Drummer of Alkaline Trio and former drummer of The Suicide Machines among other notable bands
  • Chris Conner, professional hockey player
  • Shawn Tinnes, Folk musician known by her stage name Sista Otis
  • Torey Krug, member of the NHL Boston Bruins
  • Adam Bedell, member of the MLS Columbus Crew


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