Dondero High School

George A. Dondero High School (formerly Royal Oak High School) opened in 1927 in Royal Oak, Michigan in Greater Detroit. It was named after former Royal Oak School Board president and U.S. representative George A. Dondero. A part of the Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools, it and Clarence M. Kimball High School were consolidated to form the current Royal Oak High School.

Dondero High School
Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
School typePublic
Motto"Enter to learn, go forth to serve”[1]
School districtRoyal Oak Neighborhood Schools
Final PrincipalBridget Schipper
Enrollment852 (in 2006)
Color(s)Blue and White   
NicknameThe Oaks
PublicationYearbook (Oak), Newsmagazine (Acorn), and Art Magazine (Genesis)
AffiliationsRoyal Oak Neighborhood Schools*/


Due to declining enrollment, the school became a middle school at the beginning of the 2007/2008 school year. Dondero was closed following the 2005/2006 school year to allow for renovations, and district high school students from both Dondero and Kimball High School were consolidated. At the peak of enrollment, Dondero had more than 2,000 students. During the years prior to its closure, this number dropped to 852.

On October 31, 2006, the Dondero gymnasium was set on fire, causing extensive damage. Arson was suspected, and two teenage suspects were later arrested.[2][3][4]

On October 20, 2007, the building was officially re-dedicated as Royal Oak Middle School. The dedication ceremony took place at 4:20 PM in the restored auditorium housing three huge W.P.A. murals.[5][6]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ McDonald, Maureen; Schultz, John S. (2010). Royal Oak. Arcadia Publishing. p. 79. ISBN 9780738577753. Retrieved November 28, 2020.
  2. ^ "Fire at the Future Royal Oak Middle School (Former Dondero High School Site) Archived 2011-07-15 at the Wayback Machine." Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools. Retrieved on July 1, 2015.
  3. ^ | This article is no longer available online
  4. ^ the Observer & Eccentric Newspapers, Mirror Newspapers and Hometown Weeklies - - Michigan[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Royal Oaks, MI New Deal Art
  6. ^ Mural Restoration Project | Royal Oak Neighborhood Schools Archived 2007-05-10 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Class of 1947: Bill Muncey". Royal Oak, Michigan: Royal Oak High School. Retrieved May 12, 2020.

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Coordinates: 42°29′40.1″N 83°08′54.7″W / 42.494472°N 83.148528°W / 42.494472; -83.148528