Founded in 1877 by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), this school was first known as Detroit College and was located on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit. Originally a high school, the first college-level classes were added in 1879. The name Detroit College was changed to the University of Detroit in 1911. In 1931, the school moved to its current location here on the corner of Seven Mile Road and Cherrylawn Street.
The decision for the school to stay in the city of Detroit was a decision to support and to create a school that would reach out and serve the residents of Detroit.
The Decision to Stay
As a response to financial difficulty; an Academy (7th and 8th Grades) was added to the High School in 1973 (for the 8th grade) and 1974 (for the 7th grade) to help boost enrollment and create a feeder program into the High School.
In the mid 1970's, many people connected to the school were advocating a relocation to the suburbs in order to stabilize enrollment, finances and resources. The potential move was also supported in light of the fact that many institutions including several Catholic high schools were moving out to suburban locations as well. However, after much prayer and an examination of the Jesuit mission for the school, the Jesuits remained committed to providing the highest quality, college prep, Catholic and Jesuit education within the city of Detroit.
In the fall of 2016, a new $16 million Science and Engineering Center opened on campus. The four-level, 40,000-square-foot addition to The High doubles the school’s space for biology, chemistry, and physics program while also providing labs for engineering and research. The eco-car and robotics programs also benefit from added workspace.
Today, U of D Jesuit High School and Academy remains one of the oldest continuously functioning secondary schools in Michigan. The school enrolls a diverse student body from Detroit and more than 70 surrounding communities. The high school has over 750 students and the Academy has more than 150 seventh and eighth graders. Our diverse student body is a testament to the Jesuit ideal of forming men for others.
Drawing on the 470 years that Jesuit schools have been in existence, U of D Jesuit remains committed to providing the education of a lifetime within the city of Detroit.
Former Superior General, Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ
"Here’s to U of D High School
We’re full of fight.
Here’s to our colors
of Maroon and White!
Fight! Fight! Fight!
Here’s to all the fellows
Loyal they’ll be
Singing the battle song
of U of D!"