Fast Facts

Fast Facts About U of D Jesuit High School and Academy

Unwavering 140-year commitment to Detroit:

  • One of the oldest high schools in Detroit and Michigan
  • Founded in 1877 on Jefferson Avenue (next to today’s Renaissance Center)
  • Moved in 1931 to its current campus on West Seven Mile Road
  • Decided in 1977 to stay in Detroit when, at that time, other Detroit Catholic high schools and other institutions were either closing or moving to the suburbs
  • Expansion during 1998 -2001 included ten classrooms, auxiliary gymnasium, fine arts rooms, and support offices
  • Profiled in Time magazine November 9, 2009 “Last One Standing” on courageous decision to remain in Detroit.

An economic, geographic, racial, and religious diverse student body

  • 900 young men in grades 7-12 representing more than 70 communities in seven counties
  • 20% of the students reside in the City of Detroit
  • 33% of the students receive $1.7 million in tuition assistance
  • 28% of students are non-Catholic

465-year Jesuit education philosophy emphasizing Academic Excellence, Faith Formation, and Community Service

  • One of the highest average ACT scores in the State
  • 100% of graduating seniors accepted at colleges and universities.
  • 2012 National Academic Champions. Seven consecutive years competing in National Championship
  • Student-built electric-battery vehicle and prototype gasoline vehicles are #1 in the State performing better than U of Michigan, U of D Mercy, LTU, and other high schools.
  • Competed in the 2015 and 2016 Robotics World Championships
  • Dedicated weekly community service program for all senior-year students as part of curriculum
  • Over 50 co-curricular clubs and organizations in which students can participate
  • “Men for Others” demonstrated through community service projects and volunteer activities, including elementary schools, hospices, senior-citizens homes, and food banks

$16 million investment in a new STEM-education facility

  • Largest dollar STEM investment of any high school in Detroit and Michigan, in recent years
  • 100% privately-funded by alumni, parents and friends
  • 40,000 sq. ft. facility addition focused on full STEM programs
  • Doubles state-of-the-art education space for biology, chemistry, and physics
  • Dedicated classroom and laboratory for 7th and 8th grade students
  • New Eco-car, Robotics, and Engineering labs

Cubs Athletics

  • 14 varsity sports offered
  • 8 Academy sports offered
  • 34 teams in total offering countless opportunities to students
  • Members of the Detroit Catholic League and the Michigan High School Athletic Association
  • Athletic accomplishments the last 4 years:
    • 33 total Academic All-State Team Honors
    • 12 MHSAA District Titles
    • 12 total MHSAA Final Four Appearances
    • 2 MHSAA State Championships