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Birmingham Public Schools (BPS), formally the Birmingham City School District,[1] is the public school district for Birmingham, Michigan. Beyond Birmingham, the district provides public school services for Southfield Township, Michigan, which encompasses the villages of Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, and Franklin; and parts of these municipalities: Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Southfield (city), Troy and West Bloomfield Township, Michigan.[2] The current superintendent is Mark Dziatczak.

HistoryEdit

In 1834, the first "district" school in Birmingham opened. This school was housed in John Hamilton's old log house at Hamilton Road and Old Woodward Ave. Rev. Lemuel M. Partridge served as the teacher. In 1855, the brick "Old Red Schoolhouse" was built at Maple and Southfield roads and served as a school until 1869. The Allen House, part of the Birmingham Historical Museum, now stands where the school was. A new school was in 1869 and became the site of Birmingham's first high school. That first high school later became known as Baldwin High School, then in 1951, Birmingham High School, and in 1959, Seaholm High School. The former Baldwin High School later became Birmingham's first middle school.

Through the 1930s other districts had their own elementary schools and sent paid tuition students to Baldwin High School in the Birmingham district. Throughout the 1940s, other school districts in the area were encouraged by the state to join Birmingham's school district. Southfield joined in 1943, Bloomfield Village in 1946, Franklin in 1945 and Walnut Lake in 1947.[3]

SchoolsEdit

Birmingham Public Schools runs eight elementary schools, one 3–8th grade school, two middle schools, two high schools, and one alternative high school. Each elementary school hosts a half day preschool program [4] and the district also runs a preschool program out of Midvale BPS Early Childcare Center.[5]

  • Groves High School
  • Seaholm High School
  • Lincoln Street Alternative school
  • Berkshire Middle School
  • Derby Middle School
  • Birmingham Covington School
  • Beverly Elementary School
  • Bingham Farms Elementary School
  • Pembroke Elementary School
  • Pierce Elementary School
  • West Maple Elementary School
  • Quarton Elementary School
  • Greenfield Elementary School
  • Harlan Elementary School (New building opened 2007, replacing original 1957 building)

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Michigan School Districts and Intermediate School Districts: a map. michigan.gov
  2. ^ "Map" (Archive). Birmingham City School District. Retrieved on 29 June 2015.
  3. ^ Birmingham Historical Museum & Park; Birmingham School District (2006). Birmingham Historical Museum & Park. Archived from the original on 11 November 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 August 2011. Retrieved 17 November 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ BPS Early Childhood Center – Index Archived 15 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Ecc.birmingham.schoolfusion.us. Retrieved on 6 June 2012.

Coordinates: 42°31′04.4″N 83°14′40.0″W / 42.517889°N 83.244444°W / 42.517889; -83.244444