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Cass Technical High School

Cass Technical High School (simply referred to as Cass Tech) is a public high school in Midtown Detroit, Michigan, United States.[2] It was established in 1907 and is part of the Detroit Public Schools Community District. It is named in honor of Lewis Cass, a military officer and politician.

Cass Technical High School
Cass Technical High School 2010.jpg
Image of the school in 2010
Address
2501 Second Avenue

,
48201

United States
Coordinates42°20′19.815″N 83°3′37.379″W / 42.33883750°N 83.06038306°W / 42.33883750; -83.06038306Coordinates: 42°20′19.815″N 83°3′37.379″W / 42.33883750°N 83.06038306°W / 42.33883750; -83.06038306
Information
Other nameCass Tech
TypePublic high school
MottoCass Tech #1, Second To None
Established1907 (1907)
School districtDetroit Public Schools Community District
NCES School ID260110304669[1]
PrincipalLisa Phillips
Teaching staff105.00 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Grades9–12
Enrollment2,458 (2017-2018)[1]
Student to teacher ratio23.41[1]
Color(s)Hunter Green and White         
MascotTechnicians
NewspaperCT Visionary
Website

Until 1977, Cass was Detroit's only magnet school and the only non-neighborhood enrollment school in Detroit. Today, Cass is one of few magnet schools in Detroit. Entrance to Cass is based on test scores and middle school grades. Students are required to choose a curriculum path—roughly equivalent to a college "major"—in the ninth grade. Areas of study include, but are not limited to, arts and communication, business management and marketing, engineering and manufacturing, human services, and science and arts.[3]

History and campusEdit

ArchitectureEdit

Lewis Cass the High School
(former Cass campus)
 
 
 
 
 
Location2421 Second Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Coordinates42°20′15″N 83°3′36″W / 42.33750°N 83.06000°W / 42.33750; -83.06000
Built1922
ArchitectMalcolmson and Higginbotham, Albert Kahn
DemolishedJuly 2011
MPSPublic Schools of Detroit MPS
NRHP reference #10000644[4]
Added to NRHPMarch 29, 2011

The school was founded on the third floor of the old Cass Union School in 1907. Its historic landmark building on Second Avenue in downtown Detroit was built in 1917.[5] To the south of it an addition designed by Albert Kahn was built in 1985.[citation needed] The new, modern facilities of the school were built in 2004 in an adjacent lot to the north of the original building on Grand River Avenue.

In 2007 there was a large fire in the old structure. Complete demolition of the vacant Cass Tech building began in June 2011 and was finished by November. Pictures of the old historic structures, both from the outside and the abandoned inside floors and classes, can be seen here [1]. In addition, a 3D floor-by-floor interactive map of the old building is available here [2] as well.

Following the fire in the old structure, it was demolished and removed by Homrich Demolition.[6] At time of demolition, the school building was approximately 830,000 square feet (77,000 m2) and weighed more than 100,000 short tons (91,000 t). Over 90% of the material in the building was recycled for other uses or as backfill.

In 2008 some classes that were not very popular with students were removed due to reduction in teacher staffing due to declining enrollment.[7]

StudentEdit

DemographicEdit

Based on current enrollment information, there are approximately 2,468 students that attend Cass Technical High School. There are 728 students in the ninth grade, 585 students in the tenth grade, 585 in the eleventh grade, and 570 in the twelfth grade.[8]

Ethnicity distributionEdit

Of the 2,468 students that attend Cass Technical High School, 2,035 (82.5%) of them are Black or African American, 233 (9.4%) are Asian American, 147 (6.0%) are Hispanic or Latino, 12 (0.5%) are White, 28 (1.1%) are Arab, and 7 (0.3%) are American Indian or Alaska Native.[9]

AcademicsEdit

Cass Technical High School's average ACT score is 19 [citation needed], which is four points higher than the average for Detroit public high schools. Cass offers over twenty advanced placement courses including language composition, history, chemistry, calculus, and physics. Students are required to maintain a 2.5 grade point average on a scale of 4.0 in order to retain enrollment. Cass Tech students' strong academic performances draw recruiters from across the country, including Ivy League representatives eager to attract the top minority applicants.[10]

AwardsEdit

In 1984, Cass Tech was honored by the US Department of Education among 262 schools that should "shine as inspirational model for others" that included public and private schools.[11]

In 2006, Cass represented DPS at the National Academic Games Olympics and won the Team Sweepstakes award.[citation needed]

Music departmentEdit

Harp and vocalEdit

The school's Harp program was established in 1925.[12]

BandsEdit

There are beginner, intermediate, advanced and jazz band classes, as well as a marching band. The CTMB (marching band), under the direction of Sharon Allen, has performed for Patti LaBelle, Sinbad, and Jay Z as well as various college and university homecomings.[citation needed] The marching band was also a part of the 2007 Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, but was not televised. In 2008, the band performed at Texas Southern University.[citation needed] In 2010, the CTMB participated in Norfolk State University's Homecoming and won first place in the McDonald's Battle of the Bands.[citation needed] In 2013 CTMB went to the 2013 inauguration for President Barack Obama.[13]

The concert band program rose to prominence under the direction of Harry Begian, who led the Cass Tech bands from 1947 through 1964. Under his baton, the concert band performed twice at the Mid-West Band and Orchestra Clinic, and played literature at a level far beyond that normally performed by a public high school band, including the Symphony in B-flat by Paul Hindemith and La Fiesta Mexicana by H. Owen Reed.

AthleticsEdit

FootballEdit

 
Cass Tech helmet.

The Cass Tech Technicians football team (also referred to as the Technicians) is a high school football program in Division 1 Public School League, representing Cass Technical High School.

Cass Tech won the 2011, 2012 and 2016 MHSAA Division I state championships.[citation needed]

BasketballEdit

  • 1956 Boys Class A State Champions[14]
  • 1975 Boys Class A State Champions[15]

Track and fieldEdit

Cass Tech's track and field history goes back to 1926 when Eddie Tolan and his teammate Loving won the interscholastic track meet at Northwestern University.[16] Tolan came to be known as the "Midnight Express". He set world records in the 100-yard dash and 100 meters event and Olympic records in the 100 meters and 200 meters events.[citation needed] He was the first African-American to receive the title of the "world's fastest human" after winning gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters events at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. In March 1935, Tolan won the 75, 100 and 220-yard events at the World Professional Sprint Championships in Melbourne, Australia to become the first man to win both the amateur and professional world sprint championships. In his full career as a sprinter, Tolan won 300 races and lost only 7.[17]

Northwestern Interscholastic Track MeetEdit

  • March 1926: 1st Place – National Champions[18]
  • March 1927: 3rd Place[19]
  • March 1928: 3rd Place[20]

Notable alumniEdit

Art, architecture, designEdit

Arts and entertainmentEdit

BusinessEdit

EducatorsEdit

Fiction/non-fictionEdit

Journalism/publishing/broadcastingEdit

Law, government, and public policyEdit

MilitaryEdit

SportsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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