Northern High School
| Quick Facts|
|Name: ||Northern High School|
|Color2: ||Royal Blue|
|School District: ||Detroit Public Schools|
|Year Opened: ||1917?|
|Year Closed: ||2008|
Detroit Northern High School
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Northern High School was closed in 2008 as part of a major city-wide realignment plan. The reason for the closure was stated as "...significant underutilization of the building. Northern is less than 60% occupied." The building is now being used for grades 7-12 of the Detroit International Academy for Young Women. Northern High School students were reassigned to the new Cleveland 7-12 learning opportunity, Central or Northwestern High School.
In 1966, several Northern students succeeded in bringing attention to the differences in educational opportunities between schools with predominantly African-American student bodies and their white counterparts. They organized a series of demonstrations and walkouts, at one point even opening their own school in a nearby church with sympathetic university professors volunteering to teach. After being joined by Eastern High School students, the Northern students voted to return to class, one day before a scheduled citywide boycott was to take place.
- Professional boxer, Cornelius "K-9" Bundrage
- Singer, Smokey Robinson
- Four Tops, Lawerence Payton and Renaldo "Obie" Benson
- Choreographer, Roberto Warren
- NBA player, Derrick Coleman
- Singer, Bettye LaVette
- Singer, Aretha Franklin
- Jazz Pianist, Tommy Flanagan
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Northern High School Jayhawks apparel
Northern High School Band on YouTube
Detroit Public Schools website
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