140+ Years in Detroit & Our Decision to Stay

On January 20, 2017, U of D Jesuit commemorated the 40th anniversary of both the decision to stay in Detroit and affirming our school’s educational priorities. On January 20, 1977, then-school President Fr. Douglas Keller, S.J. announced the decision to “remain in the present location” on West Seven Mile Road. In addition, he affirmed our educational priorities of faith, academic excellence, community service, as well as racial and socio-economic diversity of the student body. Our success today as one of the premier educational institutions in Michigan is founded on the courage of this decision.

Many people have shared their testimonials, which we have posted below, to these questions. For alumni, faculty, and friends, what does it mean for you that U of D Jesuit remained in Detroit? For parents of graduates and current students, how did the School’s commitment to remain in Detroit affect your son’s educational and social experience?

Please enjoy the video of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s words about the 1977 decision which he shared at the groundbreaking of the new Science and Engineering Center in June 2015.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan speaks about the school's decision to stay in Detroit

Video Interviews with Alumni

Bob Ellis '66
Dan Malone '71
Don Carney '66
Bob Magill '61
Jerry Mangona '96
Kirk Metzger '96
Vivek Jayaraman '91
Rick Joseph '86
Peter Ziedas '71
Frank Brady '66
George Taylor '66
Harold Sweeney '51
Jerry Pikulinski '56
Frank Mercurio '61
Tom Plofchan '81
Tom Schroeter '66
Jonathan Marceau '96
Paul Daoust '66
Michael Gage '61
Dennis Galvin '71

Reflections on the Decision to Stay in Detroit