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Henry Ford II High school is a public school in Sterling Heights, Michigan, a suburb north of Detroit. The school opened in 1973, with its first graduating class in 1975. It is the 4th and newest high school in Utica Community Schools. The principal as of the 2003-2004 school year is Robert Monroe, with Ken Marnon (2003) Jim Hall (2003) and Lisa McDill (2006) being associate principals. Robert Monroe is the 3rd principal of the school, being preceded by Lillian Demas (1997-2003) and David Lathers (1973-1997) There are currently over 2000 students enrolled in grades 9-12. Henry Ford II is a National Blue Ribbon school of excellence (2004) and a Michigan Exemplary School (1985). In 1999, US News and World report ranked Henry Ford II as an Outstanding National High School. Sterling Heights is a city in Macomb County of the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Utica Community Schools District(UCS) serves Utica, Sterling Heights, and the Charter Township of Shelby in the U.S. state of Michigan. ...

The school is located at 11911 Clinton River Road. The mascot is the Falcons. School colors are Maroon and White, formerly Maroon and Gold.


Facilities and History

Henry Ford II High School began on one principle: "A place for learning"

In November of 1969, voters approved a $29.5 million bond issue to build two new high schools. In January of 1970 approximately 100 teachers, students, administrators, and representatives of St. Cyr architects & associates met to discuss what standards the new buildings were to meet. With overcrowded district junior high schools, the building process began virtually as the prints were emerging from the drawing board. The site development for Ford II high school began in 1971, and all structural steel was bid on before the interior designs were completed. The completed building cost was $24.79 for each of it's original 247,500 square feet.

Ford II was designed with the learner in mind and the new 1970's concept that students were accustomed to, flexible educational programs that were tailored to their learning abilities, styles, and interests. The introduction of "open space" was what the architects considered as the element that made the design dynamic, and also to adapt to future changes. The building was built to last 50-100 years.

The resulting floor plan of the building is a unique shape, resembling a 4 leaf clover. 3 of the 4 main sections of this building are a series of curved walls under three structurally identical ceilings. This unique design produces many wedge-shaped classrooms and curved hallways.The 4 main pods of the school house the athletic facilities, the english/social studies/foreign language (also known as “The Forum”), Math and Science, and Industrial Technology. 2 smaller pods house the Main office, the band and music faciliies.

The building was originally designed to be very open, with many half-walls and open classrooms. The prominent element of this design was "The Forum", designed to be used collectively by 600 students each class hour. This large open area was also designed to be converted into an auxilary auditorium for large events such as commencement or baccalaureate activities. Using movable partitions and furniture, this area was able to be separated or united whenever needed. Over the years, the district realized this was insufficient to learning, and added many walls and extensions to walls throughout the entire school. The result is an uneven and completely unbalanced HVAC system and many noticeable seams in walls. All-air and air-water HVAC systems use air ducts, outlets, and inlets installed throughout their buildings. ...

Most of these same modifications have taken place at the school’s sister school, Dwight D. Eisenhower high school, which was completed in 1972 and has the same floor plan. The buildings are so alike, in fact, that in the early 70s, the same lockers in both buildings had interchangeable combinations.

The school has a large main gym with a balcony, originally intended for an auxilary gym. The main auxilary gym is however an addition, and was completed in 1990. As of February 2007, a second auxilary gym has been opened to implement and meet the needs of the MSHAA changes to the girls basketball season regulations. The athletic facility also features a weight room, a fitness room, and a competitive-size pool, an advantage that many other schools have not, most namely Adlai E. Stevenson high school, who calls Henry Ford II’s pool home. The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) is the governing body for all high school activities throughout the state of Missouri. ...

The outdoor athletic facilities are named after “James P. King”, who was a former board member in the district. The school has a regulation track, 2 baseball diamonds, 2 practice football fields, and 2 soccer fields. The football field is sufficient for freshmen and JV football games, but was never converted into a stadium. One of the several reasons for this is because it is near the M53 Van Dyke Expressway and that stadium lights would interfere with traffic. Thus, Henry Ford II’s varsity football team calls Runkel Field home, which is located at Adlai E. Stevenson High School. While not officially named or posted as such, the so-called Van Dyke Freeway or Van Dyke Expressway is an 8. ... Name Adlai E. Stevenson High School Address 1 Stevenson Drive City Lincolnshire, IL 60069 Phone 847-634-4000 Established 1965 Type Public secondary Superintendent Dr. Timothy D. Kanold Principal Dr. Douglas Domeracki (since 2004) Religion None Students Coeducational Grades 9 to 12 Enrollment 4573 Students per teacher 16. ...

In the center of Henry Ford II High school is the commons, designed to place students as near as possible to all of the learning resources. The commons is a multipurpose room bordered by food facilities, the school store, the counseling career center, and the media center. It is used for gatherings, ceremonies, dances, and daily as the cafeteria. Prior to 2006, the commons was a relatively dark space using high energy lighting and spoked chandeliers. The space featured a room-length brick wall, which bordered the Library/Media center on the other side. The wall however did not reach the ceiling which caused interference to the Media Center from the sounds in the commons during lunch hours. In 2005, this was corrected in a series of 2003 Bond Issue remodelings, first of which was the Media Center. The new media center features a clean, sleek, modern façade with glass windows and alcoves, and an entrance directly into the commons. This created a more personal space, featuring lounge chairs and contemporary seating and furniture. There is also a tiled area with bar-style tables where food and drink is allowed. Along with the media center, a large skylight was installed, reduding the need for artificial lighting.

Previous to 2005, behind the media center was the school’s auditorium, named the David Lathers Little Theatre. The little theatre sat up to 300. It featured a stage and removable seating where the schools’ drama and vocal departments performed. The little theatre was demolished in 2005 along with the media center to make way for the new “Lillian Demas Media Center” and a “Distance Learning Center” renamed the “ECC” or Electronic Collaboration Classroom in 2006. The ECC and the Media Center opened in the 2005-2006 school year. The ECC features state of the art projection and lighting systems and is used for presentations and small to medium size gatherings.

In 2004, the school’s locally-famous circle drive was modified to make way for construction on the new Performing arts center on the Clinton River Road front of the school. The performing arts center, scheduled (after many setbakcs) to open on May 1, 2007 will hold up to 800 patrons and features modern touches and state of the art lighting and sound systems. The new theatre will debut with the spring play Romeo and Juliet, as well as a film festival and collage concert.

The school has 5 parking lots arranged in a concentric pattern around the school: a main student lot, athletic lot, auxiliary student lot, limited access industrial tech lot, and staff/visitors lot. Juniors and Seniors are permitted to drive.

Falcon Sports

Ford is in the MAC red (Macomb Area Conferences Highest division) for all of its major sports.

Extra Curricular Activities

Ford offers many clubs in which students can participate:

  • Student Council
  • National Honor Society
  • International Thespian Society
  • Forensics
  • French Club
  • Spanish Club
  • DECA
  • Japanese Club
  • German Club
  • Key Club
  • CO-OP
  • SKILLS USA (formerly VICA)
  • SADD
  • Polish Club
  • Static
  • Interact Club
  • Roller Hockey Club
  • Equestrian Club
  • Destination Imagination
  • Science Olympiad
  • Yearbook
  • Newspaper

Notable Alumni

Former Ohio State University quarterback Craig Krenzel attended Henry Ford II High School for four years before graduating. Craig Krenzel (July 1, 1981) is a former college and professional American football quarterback. ...

Stephen Grant (suspected murderer) attended Henry Ford II and was a graduate of the class of 1988. Stephen Grant is a suspect in the murder and dismemberment of his wife, Tara Grant. ...

Michael Killoran, currently a biochemist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, best known for being a stud runner on the Coastal Carolina University Cross Country team and Big South Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2002. His seminal work includes the publication of the effects of the HRDC domain on RecQ helicase activity in the organism Deinococcus radiodurans. The University of Wisconsin–Madison (also known as UW–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin, or UW) is a highly selective public research university located in Madison, Wisconsin. ... Image:Coastal Carolina Univerisity. ... The Big South Conference is a College Athletic Conference affiliated with the NCAA’s Division I-AA in football and Division I in all other sports; it was founded in 1983. ... RecQ helicase is a family of helicase enzymes which unwind DNA for replication, transcription and repair. ... Binomial name Deinococcus radiodurans Brooks & Murray, 1981 Deinococcus radiodurans (strange berry that withstands radiation, formerly called Micrococcus radiodurans) is an extremophilic bacterium, and is the most radioresistant organism known. ...


Student/Teacher ratio: 21:1


Henry Ford II High School was known locally as "Suicide High". Although the name is fading, October 22nd 2007 will mark the 10th anniversary of a series of 5 suicides that took place between June and October of 1997. [1]

Henry Ford II High School also has many novelty nicknames, such as "H.F. Two" and "H.F. Duece", which are variations of namesake Henry Ford II Although it is not a nickname, this year many seniors have been wearing t-shirts sporting the saying, "We're chuckin' deuces and peacin' out." Henry Ford II Henry Ford II (September 4, 1917 — September 29, 1987), commonly known as Hank the Deuce, was the son of Edsel Ford and grandson of Henry Ford. ...

Feeder Schools

Henry Ford II High school only has one of the district's 7 junior high schools as a feeder school. Bemis Junior High school, grades 7 and 8, produces freshman classes that range from 550-700.

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