Grosse Pointe South High School
Grosse Pointe South High School is a public high school of state and national historical significance serving the Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe. Originally known as Grosse Pointe High School when opened in 1928, the school adopted its current name in 1968 after the newly established Grosse Pointe North High School began accepting students.
|Grosse Pointe South High School|
Grosse Pointe South High School minutes after the start of classes on the last first day of school for the class of 2020
11 Grosse Pointe Boulevard
|Other names||South, Grosse Pointe South, GPS, GPSHS|
|Former name||Grosse Pointe High School (1928-1968)|
|Type||Comprehensive public high school|
|School district||Grosse Pointe Public School System|
|NCES District ID||2625740|
|Superintendent||Dr. Gary C. Niehaus|
|NCES School ID||262574006220|
|Assistant principal||Cindy Parravano|
|Assistant principal||Joseph Spryszak|
|Assistant principal & athletic director||Chris Booth|
|Teaching staff||88.39 FTE|
|• Grade 9||415|
|• Grade 10||401|
|• Grade 11||405|
|• Grade 12||428|
|Student to teacher ratio||18.84|
|Schedule||7 50-minute periods|
|Campus size||23 acres|
|Song||"Grosse Pointe South Alma Mater"|
|Fight song||"Victory March of the Blue Devils"|
|Athletics conference||Macomb Area Conference - White division|
|Rival||Grosse Pointe North High School Norsemen|
|Publication||Looking Glass (art and literary magazine)|
|Newspaper||The Tower (print)|
The Tower Pulse (online)
|Communities served||Grosse Pointe|
|Feeder schools||Pierce Middle School
Brownell Middle School
Grosse Pointe South High School from the front lawn
Grosse Pointe High School
Grosse Pointe High School historic site marker
|Built by||Carl S. Barry Co.|
|Architect||George J. Haas|
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival (Neo-Georgian)|
|NRHP reference #||93000429|
|Added to NRHP||May 20, 1993|
|Last updated: September 10, 2019|
|Martin Luther King Jr. In Grosse Pointe|
Communities served and feeder patternsEdit
Elementary schools feeding into GPSHS include all of the zones of Defer, Kerby, Maire, Père Gabriel Richard, and Trombly. All of the boundaries of Pierce Middle School and most of the boundary of Brownell Middle School coincides with that of GPSHS.
In 2009, Grosse Pointe South ranked in the top 2% of High Schools-Nationwide. By 2010, Newsweek posted that Grosse Pointe South High School ranked 920 (fifth in Michigan) and Grosse Pointe North High School was 899th (4th in Michigan).
As of 2010, the school offers 15 varsity sports teams for boys and 18 varsity sports teams for girls. These sports include baseball, basketball, competitive cheer, crew, cross country, field hockey, figure skating, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, synchronized swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. Grosse Pointe South competes in the Macomb Area Conference (MAC), under the regulation of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA).
The boys' tennis team won the class A state championship in 1945 and 1946 and tied with Monroe High School in 1947. The girls' tennis team won the state championship every year from 1976 to 1986 (Tying in 1976,1977,1982 and 1985), 2008, 2012, and 2014.
Pointe Players is Grosse Pointe South's student theater organization. It is Troupe #49 of the International Thespian Society. It is also among the five oldest clubs at South, as it was started in 1929.
The group produces one main stage play each Fall. Recent productions have included Daniel J. Sullivan's Inspecting Carol, Christopher Sergel's adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, John Van Druten's I Remember Mama, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest and Eugene O'Neill's Ah, Wilderness! In 2008, the 'Players' performed Moises Kaufman's The Laramie Project, a controversial play about the murder of gay University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard.
The Sun Devils Solar Car TeamEdit
‘’’The South Sun Devils’’’ is the Solar Car Team, competing since 2013 in the Solar Car Challenge in Dallas, Texas. The team, fundraised, designed, built, and raced their street-legal car on the Dallas Motor Speedway followed by a road test challenge.,
Martin Luther King Jr. visit and speechEdit
Grosse Pointe High School hosted a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. on March 14, 1968, when 2,700 people gathered in the gymnasium to hear a speech entitled "The Other America", just three weeks before his assassination. Dr. King had already visited Detroit and led a march in the city of Detroit where he gave an early version of his "I Have a Dream" speech.
To honor the 50th anniversary of the event the Grosse Pointe News partnered with the Grosse Pointe Public School System and the Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors in submitting an application for a historic site marker to be placed near the one previously installed on campus. The marker, which was approved by the Michigan Historical Commission on July 27, 2018, was paid for by a grant from the National Association of Realtors.
- Scott Boman — Libertarian politician in Michigan
- Tony Fadell — Engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, and investor. Co-founder of Nest. Former Senior Vice President of the iPod division at Apple who was a key figure in the development of the iPod and iPhone. "Father of the iPod"
- Chris Getz — Former MLB second baseman with the Toronto Blue Jays, Kansas City Royals, and Chicago White Sox
- Edward Herrmann — Actor and narrator known for his role as Richard Gilmore on Gilmore Girls and his voice work for PBS and History
- Alexander Koch — Actor known for his role as James "Junior" Rennie on Under the Dome
- Lisa LoCicero — Actress known for her role as Olivia Falconeri on General Hospital
- John 5 (John Lowery) — Guitarist with Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson
- Mike Murphy — Republican political consultant and NBC News and MSNBC contributor
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