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Coordinates: 42°20′20″N 83°03′38″W 42.3388621, -83.0604963


Cass Technical High School

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      • 2421 2nd Blvd., Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
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      • 313 596-3900
      • 313 596-3877 (fax)
    • Official Website: [1]
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The present day institution known as Cass Technical High School has been in existence in some form since 1861. Cass Union School was established to provide training in woodworking and metal trades for young men. The school was built on land given to the City of Detroit by former Secretary of State and Michigan Governor Lewis Cass. The donated land formed a triangle at Second Avenue, Grand River Avenue, and High Street West. In 1918, student enrollment was 1,400, even though the physical building was designed for 700 students. There were another 400 hopefuls on a waiting list. To alleviate overcrowding, students who had completed two years of industrial training at Cass were asked to leave and find jobs. [1]

In 1918, Ford Motor Company requested that the school hold classes outside of regular school hours so that their employees might have access to the industrial training facilities at Cass. In the 1920's, local hospitals sent their nurses to Cass for special courses in chemistry, bacteriology, biology, and dietetics. The demand for printing classes was so great that classes were held six days a week. [1]

In 1958, there was consideration of changing Cass to a technical junior college. By 1970, there was concern over the condition of the school building. It was feared that the building would be allowed to deteriorate beyond repair and that the school and its curriculum would be eliminated. Modernization of the school began in 1981 and was completed in 1985. The addition was designed by Albert Kahn Associates. The new wing included a gymnasium, band/orchestra rooms, a harp room, several instrumental rooms, music classrooms, a recital hall, and a practice room. The new wing provided an enclosed lunchroom on the second floor that held approximately 700 students. Business wing classrooms were also renovated. [1]

On Monday July 30, 2007 at approximately 12:15 p.m. the old Cass Tech was set on fire. The police have arrested two men in connection to the fire, but are still searching for the third, who is believed to have been the one who started it. All of the three men were believed to have been living in the vacant building. The fire was believed to have been set in a first floor classroom. The fire roared upward all the way to the sixth floor before firefighters were able to control it. Two first floor offices were believed to have suffered the most damage. Two firefighters were injured while fighting the three-alarm fire. [1]

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    • Brown, Lorenzo David (September 1974 - May 1993)

3 Kozlowski-Potter, Angela (August 2000 - Present)


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