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Notre Dame High School (Harper Woods, Michigan)

Notre Dame High School
Crest of Harper Woods Notre Dame High School
Valor Virtusque
Valor and Courage
20254 Kelly Road
Harper Woods, Michigan, 48225-1203
United States
Type Private, All-Male
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1954
Founded 1954
Opened 1954
Status closed
Closed 2005
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Green and White
Song Notre Dame Our Mother
Fight song Notre Dame Victory March
Nickname Fightin' Irish
Newspaper The Shield, The Leprechaun
Yearbook The Juggler

Notre Dame High School was a Catholic, all–male, non–residential college preparatory school in the Detroit suburb of Harper Woods, Michigan. It was closed in 2005, with 295 students, after more than 50 years due to budget concerns, according to the Archdiocese of Detroit.[1] The school had about 300 students at the time of closure, down from almost 1000 during its peak enrollment levels. It was founded in 1954 and operated by the Marist Fathers and Brothers, and the first class graduated in 1958.

Throughout its existence, the school was located next door to Regina High School, a Catholic, all–female school; and Lutheran High School East. Lutheran High School East closed in 2004 and Regina High School moved to Warren, Michigan in 2007.


  • Closing 1
  • School culture 2
  • Notable alumni 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5
  • Notes 6


The Archdiocese of Detroit announced in early March 2005 that 18 Detroit–area schools—including Notre Dame High School—would be shut down because declining enrollment and an escalating budget deficit. Archdiocese spokesman Richard Laskos called the decision "irrevocable" despite protests from family, students and alumni of the school.[1]

The Friends of Notre Dame Incorporated filed a lawsuit to keep the school open, but a [2]

It was used as a filming location for the 2012 film Red Dawn.[3] Mark Binelli, author of Detroit City is the Place to Be, wrote that the school cafeteria was used as the catering hall for the employees of the film production.[4]

School culture

Tom Morwatts, a guitarist for the band Mutants, said that Notre Dame was "legendary for its dances."[5] He explained that the school needed to raise funds to pay for its athletic facilities, so the school hosted dances for teenagers, inviting bands such as The Supremes that attracted patrons from Metro Detroit.[5]

Notable alumni

  • David Bonior, former United States Congressman[6]
  • Joe Borri, author of the short story collection, Eight Dogs Named Jack[7]
  • Doug Brown, U.S. Track & Field Olympian and Assistant Coach, Collegiate All–American, former Tennessee and Florida Head Track Coach[8]
  • Dave Coulier, comedian and entertainer[9]
  • Derrick Kuzak, Vice President, Ford Motor Company Global Product Development.[10]
  • "Uncle" Paul Perzyk, writer/author of The Even Series children's picture books
  • Eric J. Pierzchala, author of The Ultimate Ultimate Detroit Tigers Trivia Book: A Journey Through Detroit Tiger History By Way of Trivia
  • Matt Servitto, actor (The Sopranos)
  • Doug Weight, a former Olympic hockey player and centre (ice hockey) for the St. Louis Blues of the NHL[11]


  • Binelli, Mark. Detroit City is the Place to Be. Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company (New York). First Edition, 2012. ISBN 978-0-8050-9229-5 (hardback version).
  • Miller, Steve. Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Rock 'n' Roll in America's Loudest City. Da Capo Press, 2013. ISBN 0306821842, 9780306821844.

External links

  • Notre Dame Alumni Association
  • Notre Dame Alumni Association


  1. ^ a b Donaldson, Stan. "Trinity, Notre Dame Fight Back", Detroit Free Press. March 31, 2005. Retrieved April 30, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Cosby cancels visit to seminary event"
  3. ^ Binelli, p. 260.
  4. ^ Binelli, p. 260-261.
  5. ^ a b Miller, page unstated
  6. ^ "BONIOR, David Edward" at; URL accessed May 8, 2006.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Gator Men's Track & Field Roster
  9. ^ "Dave Coulier" at the Notable Names Database (NNDb); URL accessed May 6, 2006.
  10. ^ July 20, 2005.
  11. ^ "Carolina's Weight finally lifted, well, almost"; Detroit Free Press, June 21, 2006; URL accessed July 3, 2006.

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