Highland Park Community College

Highland Park Community College, formerly Highland Park Junior College,[1] was a public community college located in Highland Park, Michigan. Highland Park Community College was an urban campus and the focus of many efforts to benefit urban populations.[2]

Highland Park Community College
Former names
Highland Park Junior College
TypeJunior (1918 - ?)
Community (? - 1996)


The college was founded in 1918[3] as Highland Park Junior College.[1]

On May 21, 1954, the college has its radio station, WHPR-FM, sign on.[4]

The college sold its radio station to R.J. Watkins Late Night Entertainment.[4] The school was closed in 1996.[1][5] The Highland Park Career Academy was brought in to replace it.[6]

Robert Elmes bought the campus for $18,000.[7]


Among other programs the college had a nursing program.[8] WHPR-FM was originally run by Highland Park Community College.[4]


Among the alumni of Highland Park Community College is Michigan State Senator Martha G. Scott[9] as well as Detroit activist General Baker, Jr., and Radio Announcer, Karla Fox formerly of WJZZ/WCHB, Smooth Jazz V-98.7, Mix 92.3, WJLB, Radio One and other Broadcast Companies.


  1. ^ a b c Foley, Aaron (February 2, 2012). "From state-of-the-art to state takeover: The rise and fall of Highland Park Public Schools". mlive.com. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  2. ^ Highland Park Community College's Ford Foundation Urban Transfer Project
  3. ^ Michigan Colleges that have Closed, Merged, Changed Names Archived 2013-08-12 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c "WHPR-FM 88.1 Highland Park". Station Listings. michiguide.com. Retrieved 2 February 2012.
  5. ^ Higher Learning Commission
  6. ^ Sarnecki-Walsh, Peggy (1996-11-22). "Community college gets new life steering students to careers: Second chances". Detroit Free Press. p. 3B. - clipping from Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ Reindl, JC (2019-01-28). "Entrepreneur's big vision for empty Highland Park schools may die". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 2021-06-17.
  8. ^ "Oretta Mae Todd, Ph.D". Archived from the original on 2008-06-22. Retrieved 2008-06-20.
  9. ^ "Senator Martha Scott". Archived from the original on 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2008-06-20.

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