Pershing High School
John J. Pershing High School is a public high school in Detroit, Michigan, United States. It is a part of Detroit Public Schools. It is in Conant Gardens, in proximity to the residential areas. It also serves Krainz Woods.
In 2012 Kettering High School closed, and some students were rezoned to Pershing.
The school is currently managed by the Education Achievement Authority (EAA), which took over control of the school in 2012.
In 2014 a teacher used a broom to attempt to break up a fight between two students; as a result, she was fired by the EAA. A video of the fight had been posted online. Later the EAA offered her back a job, but she declined, and in 2015 she sued the EAA in federal court.
- Mel Daniels, former ABA All-Star and MVP, 2x ABA MVP, 7x ABA All-Star, inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- Glenn Doughty, former NFL player for the Baltimore Colts, later founded the Shake and Bake Family Fun Center and the Career Information and Training Network
- Abdul "Duke" Fakir, former member of the Motown act, the Four Tops
- Larry Foote, former NFL player and current assistant coach for the Arizona Cardinals, 2x Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Spencer Haywood, former NBA All-Star and NBA champion, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- Willie King, former professional basketball player in the National Basketball League
- Marvin Lane, former MLB player for the Detroit Tigers
- Brenda Lawrence, former mayor of Southfield, Michigan and member of the US House of Representatives
- Tim Meadows, actor and comedian, former member of Saturday Night Live
- Michael "Clip" Payne, musician for Parliament-Funkadelic since 1977, often referred to as "The Man in the Box"
- Paul Seal, former NFL player for the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers
- Ralph Simpson, former NBA player, 5x ABA All-Star
- Ted Sizemore, former MLB player and the 1969 National League Rookie of the Year, CEO of the Baseball Assistance Team
- Steve Smith, former NBA All-Star and champion, Olympic gold medalist in the 2000 Summer Olympics
- Levi Stubbs, lead vocalist of The Four Tops, Stubbs and fellow band member Fakir met each other at Pershing High
- Kevin Willis, former NBA All-Star and champion, second oldest NBA player in history
- James "J Dilla" Yancey, music producer and rapper, late member of the group Slum Village
References and notes
- Home. Pershing High School. May 24, 2001. Retrieved on October 31, 2013.
- "Pershing High alums celebrate 75 years." The Detroit News. April 6, 2005. Retrieved on November 6, 2012. "What made Pershing different was that it was built in the Conant Gardens[...]"
- "Conant Gardens produced talent." The Detroit News. June 20, 2001. Retrieved on November 6, 2012. "The Conant Gardens neighborhood near Pershing High School never [...]. Conant Gardens is bounded by East Seven Mile, East Nevada, Ryan and Conant." - Also in "Conant Gardens' inspiring past comes alive." The Detroit News. June 28, 2001.
- "High School Boundaries - 2012/13 School Year." (Archive) Detroit Public Schools. Retrieved on November 1, 2012.
- "4.-Kettering-High-School-Kettering-West-Wing.pdf." (Archive) Detroit Public Schools. p. 2. Retrieved on November 1, 2012. "Fisher Building – 14th Floor 3011 W. Grand Boulevard Detroit, MI 48202-2710"
- AlHajal, Khalil. "Teacher fired for using broom to break up Detroit classroom fight." MLive. May 6, 2014. Retrieved on May 8, 2014.
- "Detroit teacher fired after breaking up fight with broom." Fox News. May 6, 2014. Updated May 8, 2014. Retrieved on May 8, 2014.
- Zaniewski, Ann. "Teacher who used broom to break up fight sues EAA" (Archive). Detroit Free Press. June 9, 2015. Retrieved on July 3, 2015.
- Maynard, Micheline. "Levi Stubbs, 72, Powerful Voice for Four Tops, Dies." The New York Times. October 17, 2008. Retrieved on November 7, 2012.
- "Willie King". Peach Basket Society. Blogspot. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
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- Ellis, Vince (August 16, 2012). "Ex-Spartan, Piston Ralph Simpson fond of his ABA, Pershing days". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved August 19, 2012.
- "Stars mourn Four Tops star Stubbs." BBC. Tuesday October 28, 2008. Retrieved on November 7, 2012.