Clarkston High School is a high school located in Independence Township, Michigan. It is the only high school in both the township and the Clarkston Community Schools district. The school's colors are blue and gold, and its team mascot and nickname is the Wolves. The four most recent incarnations of Clarkston High School, including the current building on Flemings Lake and Clarkston roads, are still standing.

Clarkston High School
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6093 Flemings Lake Rd


Coordinates42°44′21″N 83°23′34″W / 42.7391°N 83.3928°W / 42.7391; -83.3928Coordinates: 42°44′21″N 83°23′34″W / 42.7391°N 83.3928°W / 42.7391; -83.3928
Established1999 (Current Site)
CEEB code230630
NCES School ID260990004475
PrincipalGary Kaul
Teaching staff90.67 (FTE)
Enrollment2,603[1] (2017-2018)
Student to teacher ratio28.71
Color(s)Blue and Gold         
AthleticsMHSAA Class A/Division 1
Athletics conferenceOakland Activities Association
NewspaperPaw Prints
Feeder schoolsClarkston Jr High School

The school is 384,000 square feet (35,700 m2) in size and cost $56,569,952.00 upon total completion in 1999. Clarkston High School is situated on a 110-acre (0.45 km2) campus that encompasses a 10,000 seat football stadium, two baseball and softball fields, eight tennis courts and an eight lane outdoor track. The inside of the school features a 1000-seat auditorium complete with stage, orchestra pit, balcony and set design center, a gymnasium capable of seating 3500 and an eight lane competition pool with seating for 500 spectators in the natatorium.

The school houses nine computer labs. Each lab consists of at least twenty networked PCs. The total number of computers at the school is over 700. Each classroom is also equipped with a large television/monitor that can be used to display the screen of the teacher's computer or in-school television broadcasts. Classrooms are also equipped with digital projectors that can be connected to an instructor's computer. The media center (library) in Clarkston High School is also equipped with two connected computer labs, numerous in-library computers, networked computer workstations and multiple catalog computers to assist in finding library resources. A full-featured television broadcast studio and video editing suite is located in the center of the school building. Each morning, the studio is used to broadcast daily announcements to each of the classrooms. The school also contains multiple large group instruction rooms that are equipped with digital projection equipment.

Clarkston High School has the largest enrollment as of 2017 (2,603) of any school in Oakland County,.



Clarkston High School used to be in Clarkston, Michigan. The third Clarkston School was built in 1910 on Main Street (M-15).

By the time the fourth Clarkston School was completed in 1930 in Independence Township, the area's population had started to decline. After World War II, Independence Township's population began to boom. In 1952, Clarkston Community Schools was formed and Clarkston and Andersonville Elementary Schools were completed, leaving the 6th-to-12th graders as sole occupants at the newly renamed Clarkston High School. Expansions were made in the mid-1950s. By the end of the decade the building could not be expanded anymore, and in 1960, the fifth Clarkston High School was built across the street (although its official address was 6595 Middle Lake Road). The 1930 building became Clarkston Junior High.

The 1960 building remained unchanged until major renovations were made in 1993 when freshmen were allowed to attend the school for the first time since 1969. Unfortunately the renovations were not enough to handle nearly 2,000 students, and in 1998 the current building was opened. The 1960 building is now the current Clarkston Junior High, and in recent years freshmen have moved back to that building. In 2005 the old Sashabaw Middle School was renovated and now holds only grades six and seven. The old Clarkston Middle School was also renovated and made into the new Clarkston Junior High School, which holds grades eight and nine. The High School now holds sophomores through seniors. Starting in the 2005 school year, Clarkston High School has been home to the OSMTech program (renamed in 2008 to CSMTech - Clarkston's Science, Mathematics, and Technology Academy). More recently, Clarkston High School has sought and received certification as an International Baccalaureate World School, and offers the IB Diploma Programme.[3] CHS offers the Programme in English. Students graduating in the classes of 2011 and beyond will be eligible to complete the Diploma Programme.

Clarkston High School's commencement ceremony is held annually at DTE Energy Music Theater.


CHS offers 26 varsity sports, and competes in the Oakland Activities Association or "OAA". At the state level, the school is classified as "Class A" or "Division 1" of the Michigan High School Athletic Association, competing against those schools with the largest enrollments.

The "Wolves" (or Lady Wolves) name is used by most athletic teams at the secondary education level. The chief rival to Clarkston is the Lake Orion High School Dragons, located in Orion Township, Michigan.

Clarkston Wolves won the Division 1 Football State Champions in 2013.[4] Clarkston repeated as Division 1 Football State Champions in 2014.[5] Also won at the 2017 MHSAA Division 1 mens basketball state championship and the 2017 MHSAA Football state championship for their third football state championship in five years.

Sports offeredEdit

  • Baseball
  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Boys Lacrosse
  • Boys Bowling
  • Girls Bowling
  • Competitive Cheer
  • Competitive Dance
  • Football
  • Girls Field Hockey
  • Boys Golf
  • Girls Golf
  • Girls Lacrosse
  • Boys Ice Hockey
  • Softball
  • Boys Skiing
  • Boys Soccer
  • Girls Soccer
  • Boys Swimming and Diving
  • Girls Swimming and Diving
  • Boys Tennis
  • Girls Tennis
  • Boys Track and Field
  • Girls Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Boys Cross Country
  • Girls Cross Country

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "2017-18 MHSAA Enrollment List" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  2. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Clarkston High School". Retrieved 4 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Clarkston High School". International Baccalaureate Organization. Retrieved 2009-06-07.
  4. ^ "Yearly Champions | Football | MHSAA Sports". Retrieved 2014-02-23.
  5. ^ "Mick McCabe: Clarkston starts legacy, repeats as Division 1 champion". Detroit Free Press. 29 November 2014. Retrieved 2 November 2015.

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