In recent years, the school is referred to as Denby Tech. It is one of few Detroit public educational institutions offering advanced placement classes to high school students.
Denby Tech's 2008-09 enrollment was 1170; the school's Principal is Kenyetta Wilbourn.
Rock & Roll and Denby High
During the late 1950s, Detroit radio personality Bud Davies originated a series of Friday night sock hops from Denby. Before long, the wildly successful dance parties spread to several metropolitan Detroit schools. Featuring records but no live bands, the hops became more popular than regular dances.
Victor Alexander; professional basketball player. In addition to the NBA, Alexander played professionally in Spain, Greece and Israel.
Wally Cox (class of 1942), was a noted comedian and actor, particularly associated with the early years of television. Wally appeared in the series Mr. Peepers (1952–55), and as a character actor in over 20 films. Wally Cox was perhaps best known as the voice of the popular animated cartoon character Underdog.
Wayne Dyer, world renowned author, lecturer, psychologist and television personality
Denby Olympian, Sheila Young (class of 1968) won a gold, silver, and bronze medal in speed skating at the 1976 Winter Olympics. Sheila was the first athlete from the United States to win three medals at a single Winter Games. Prior to her Olympic glory, Young was a 1973 World Championships gold medalist in speed skating and sprint-track bicycling; making her the first athlete ever to win world championships -during the same year- in two sports. Sheila Young is also a former world-record holder in speed skating and track bicycling. For her accomplishments in both sports, the United States Olympic Committee named her Sportswoman of the Year in 1976, and in 1981.
Just like sister Sheila, 1971 Denby graduate, Roger Young was a renowned sprint-track bicyclist; he won seven national championships during the 1970s. Roger represented the United States at the 1972 Summer Olympics; he also earned a team-pursuit gold medal at the 1975 Pan American Games, in Mexico City.