Cass Technical High School

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Cass Tech
Cass Technical High School 2010.jpg
Cass Tech, 2010
"Cass Tech No. 1, 2nd to none"
2501 Second Avenue
Detroit, Michigan, United States
TypeExamination School of Choice
PrincipalLisa Phillips
Number of students2400+
Color(s)Hunter green and white
NewspaperCT Visionary
AffiliationDetroit Public Schools
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Cass Tech
Cass Technical High School 2010.jpg
Cass Tech, 2010
"Cass Tech No. 1, 2nd to none"
2501 Second Avenue
Detroit, Michigan, United States
TypeExamination School of Choice
PrincipalLisa Phillips
Number of students2400+
Color(s)Hunter green and white
NewspaperCT Visionary
AffiliationDetroit Public Schools

Cass Technical High School[1] (commonly referred to as Cass Tech) is a four-year university preparatory high school in Midtown Detroit, United States.[2][3] The school is named in honor of Lewis Cass, an American military officer and politician who served as governor of the Michigan Territory from 1813 until 1831. The school is a part of Detroit Public Schools.

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, architecture, music, business, human services, and chemical/biological sciences.

History and campus[edit]


Lewis Cass Technical High School
Cass Technical High School is located in Michigan
Cass Technical High School
Location2421 Second Ave, Detroit, Michigan, United States
Coordinates42°20′15″N 83°3′36″W / 42.33750°N 83.06000°W / 42.33750; -83.06000Coordinates: 42°20′15″N 83°3′36″W / 42.33750°N 83.06000°W / 42.33750; -83.06000
ArchitectMalcolmson and Higginbotham, Albert Kahn
DemolishedJuly 2011
Governing bodyPublic
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. Images and information on the demolition of the structure can be found in the Homrich Demolition project file. 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.[6]



Based on current enrollment information, there are approximately 2,086 students that attend Cass Technical High School. There are 624 students in the ninth grade, 537 students in the tenth grade, 466 in the eleventh grade, and 459 in the twelfth grade.[7]

Ethnicity distribution[edit]

Of the 2,196 students that attend Cass Technical High School, 1,951 (89.3%) of them are Black or African American, 89 (4.0%) are Asian American, 70 (3.2%) are Hispanic or Latino, 56 (2.6%) are White, 17 (0.8%) are Arab, and 2 (0.1%) are American Indian or Alaska Native.[8]

Gender distribution[edit]

Of the 2,086 students, there are 1,269 (60.8%) girls and 817 (39.2%) boys.[7]


Cass Technical High School's average ACT score is 21, which is four points higher than the average for Detroit public high schools. Cass offers eleven 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.[9]


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.[10]

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

Music department[edit]

Many highly noteworthy performers in jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and hip-hop idioms have graduated from Cass Technical High School.


Over the years, the choirs have produced two CDs and are now working on their third. Cass Tech has many choir groups, including the following:

Harp and vocal[edit]

The Harp program, which was established at Cass Tech in 1925.[11] Cass Tech is the only school in the city of Detroit with a Harp and Vocal Ensemble.

Harp ensemble[edit]

The harp ensemble is usually composed of five well-seasoned student harpists. They each receive private lessons, learning performance skills and the traditional techniques of the Carlos Salzedo Method. The group does perform outside of school related functions.


There are beginner, intermediate, advanced and jazz band classes, as well as a marching band. The CTMB (marching band) has performed for Patti Labelle, Sinbad, and Jay-Z as well as at various college and university, and homecomings.[citation needed] The marching band was also a part of the 2007 FedEx 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.[12]


The 2005–2006 Cass Tech String Quartet was the winner at the 2006 MASTA state-wide chamber music competition.[citation needed] The quartet was also featured in the 2006 Michigan Youth Arts Festival.[citation needed] The Cass Tech Chamber String Orchestra, the school's advanced orchestra, participated in the All City High School Symphony Orchestra program at the Renaissance Center's Ambassador Ballroom on March 8, 2007.



Cass Tech Technicians Football
Cass Tech No. 1, 2nd to none
Head CoachThomas Wilcher
Head Coach Years14th
Head Coach Wins101
Head Coach Losses56
StadiumCass Tech Football Stadium
Stadium Capacity2,500
Stadium SurfaceNatural Grass
LocationDetroit, Michigan
LeagueD-PSL Division 1
First year1906
School enrollment2156
Record (since 1950)
Wins-Losses-Ties305–220–9 (.580)
State titles2 ('11, '12)
League titles7 ('60, '63, '70, '94, '95, '98, '10)
State playoff appearance26 times since 1950
NCAA Division 1 FBS/FCS Players since 199732
NFL Professionals since 192015

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 and 2012 MHSAA Division I state championships.[citation needed]


NFL Professionals[edit]
NamePositionHeightWeight(lbs)BornCollegeDraftedPro Team
Walter Clago[13]E6'01956/?/1899
Detroit, MI
DetroitUndraftedDetroit Tigers (APFA)

Rock Island Independents (NFL)

Darris McCord[14]DE/DT/OE6'6"250January 4, 1933
Detroit, MI
Tennessee1955, R3, P11Detroit Lions
Ben John Paolucci[15]DT6'2"240March 5, 1937
Cleveland, OH
Wayne StateUndraftedDetroit Lions
Arnie Simkus[16]DE/DT6'4"245March 25, 1943
Schlava, GER
Michigan1965, R6, P2New York Jets

Minnesota Vikings

David Boone, Jr.[17]DE6'3"248October 30, 1951
Detroit, MI
Eastern Mich1974,R11,P11Minnesota Vikings
Aaron Kyle[18]CB/S5'11"185April 6, 1954
Detroit, MI
Wyoming1976,R1,P26Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

Tom Seabron[19]LB6'3"215May 24, 1957
Baltimore, MD
Michigan1979,R5,P1San Francisco 49ers
Harlan Huckleby[20]RB6'1"200December 30, 1957
Detroit, MI
Michigan1979,R5,P1Green Bay Packers
Curtis Greer[21]DE6'4"256November 10, 1957
Detroit, MI
Michigan1976,R1,P6St. Louis Cardinals
Guy Frazier[22]LB6'2"217July 20, 1959
Detroit, MI
Wyoming1981,R4,P10Cincinnati Bengals

Buffalo Bills

Thomas Sidney Sims[23]DT/NT6'2"288April 18, 1967
Detroit, MI
Pittsburgh1990,R6,P14Kansas City Chiefs

Indianapolis Colts

Pat Ivey[24]DE6'4"255December 27, 1972
Detroit, MI
MissouriUndraftedGreen Bay Packers
A. J. Ofodile[25]TE6'7"260October 9, 1973
Detroit, MI
Missouri1994,R5,P25Baltimore Ravens
Clarence Williams[26]RB5'9"193May 16, 1977
Detroit, MI
MichiganUndraftedArizona Cardinals
Vernon GholstonDE6'3"264June 5, 1986
Detroit, MI
Ohio State2008,R1,P6New York Jets
Joseph BarksdaleOT6'4"325January 1, 1989
Detroit, MI
LSU2011,R3,P12Oakland Raiders
Will CampbellOG6'4"311July 6, 1991
Detroit, MI
Michigan2013,R6,P10New York Jets

‡ Active NFL Pro


Marc ParrishMichigan1982-1986Captain of University of Michigan Swimming Team, All Big Ten, All American



State championships[edit]

1956 Boys Class A State Champions[27]
1975 Boys Class A State Champions[28]

NBA professionals[edit]
NamePositionHeightWeight (lbs)BornCollegeDraftedPro team
George Brown (basketball)Forward6'6190October 30, 1935
Detroit, MI
Wayne State4th round, 3rd pick
1957 NBA Draft
Minneapolis Lakers
Dorie MurreyForward–Center6'8215September 7, 1943
Detroit, MI
Detroit2nd round, 2nd pick
1966 NBA Draft
Detroit Pistons
Seattle SuperSonics
Portland Trail Blazers
Baltimore Bullets (1944–1954)
Derrick DialGuard6'4"184December 20, 1975
Detroit, MI
Eastern Michigan2nd round, 23rd pick
1998 NBA Draft
San Antonio Spurs
New Jersey Nets
Toronto Raptors
Orlando Magic
Chris Douglas-RobertsGuard6'7200January 8, 1987
Detroit, MI
Memphis2nd round, 10th pick
2008 NBA Draft
New Jersey Nets
Milwaukee Bucks

Track and field[edit]

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.[29] 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.[30]

Northwestern Interscholastic Track Meet
March 19261st Place – National Champions[31]
March 19273rd Place[32]
March 19283rd Place[33]

Boys Track & Field Team State Championships[edit]

YearChampion (Coach)Runner-Up
1996Detroit Cass Technical (Tom Wilcher)Pontiac Northern
1995Detroit Cass Technical (Tom Wilcher)Detroit Chadsey
1994Detroit Cass Technical (Tom Wilcher)Ann Arbor Pioneer
1978Detroit Cass Technical (Robert Glen)Flint Southwestern
1926Detroit Cass Technical (Bill Van Orden)Kalamazoo

JROTC program[edit]

Program is the largest organization in the school. It has a curriculum that includes Leadership Lab and Cadet Challenge, a drill team, and an honor guard team. The drill team is composed of: a First-Year Color Guard, an Open-Year Color Guard, an Armed Exhibition Team, an Unarmed Exhibition Team, a Female Armed Exhibition Team, an Unarmed Regulation team, and an Armed Regulation Team. The Armed Exhibition Drill Team was founded by Cadet Colonel Anthony James Cole (City of Detroit Corps Commander 1997–1998) in 1996, which opened the door for the Unarmed Exhibition Team and the Female Exhibition Team. The JROTC program has the "Gold Star Insignia", which is the highest attainable rank in the JROTC program, and has been maintained by the school since the early 1990s. In 2005, the Cass Tech Renegades Drill Team was selected to attend the National Drill Competition held in Daytona Beach, Florida. It was the first invite for the state of Michigan. The following year, the team was invited to return, leaving ranked fourth in overall performance. The honor guard team has attended many events throughout the city, including many parades and grand openings, as have the color guard and exhibition teams.

Notable alumni and people[edit]

Art, architecture, design[edit]

Arts and entertainment[edit]



Fiction/Non Fiction[edit]


Law, government, and public policy[edit]





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