|Marquette Senior High School|
1203 West Fair Avenue
|School district||Marquette Area Public Schools|
|Color(s)||Red and White|
Marquette Senior High School (MSHS) is a public high school located in Marquette, Michigan. The high school serves grades 9-12. In the 2017-18 school year, the enrollment was 974. This is a significant decline from its peak of 1579 in 2000. High-school age resident athletes from the U.S. Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University attend classes at MSHS. The present high school is located on the site of the former Munising Wood Products factory at the corner of Fair Avenue and Lincoln Avenue. It was also known as the Piqua Location. In the 2018-19 school year, the school had 54 members on its teaching staff, with a teacher to student ratio of 1:18
Marquette's first high school was constructed in 1859 on property given to the city by Morgan Hewitt. Located on the corner of Pine and Ridge Streets, the community initially opposed the project because it was "on the edge of the wilderness." Nevertheless, the red brick building with separate entrances for boys and girls was used until 1875, when it was torn down and replaced with a larger brownstone building in 1878.
After fire claimed the brownstone in February 1900, the Howard High School (named after John M. Longyear's son) was constructed in 1902 along with an elementary school and a manual training building. However, the school had been built to accommodate 200 students, but reached an enrollment of nearly 400 by 1915, so the community began a search for a new site.
Harriet K. Adams, widow of pioneer Sidney Adams, donated land on the corner of Front and Hewitt streets for a new high school, and gave $2,500 for gymnasium equipment, but World War I postponed those plans until 1923.
In 1925, voters approved a bond issue of $475,000 to build the new high school on the 8 lots on Front Street between Ohio Street and Hewitt Avenue (as well as expand the Fisher School). Louis Kaufman donated $26,000 to the school board to replace the funds it had spent on land acquisition, so that more money could be spent on construction. In appreciation, the board voted unanimously to name the school after Kaufman's mother, Juliet Graveraet; they later named the auditorium after Kaufman himself.
Graveraet High School was replaced in 1964 by the present structure at Fair and Lincoln avenues.
The Marquette Senior High School's athletic program is known as the Redmen and Redettes. Their logo is a Block M with MARQUETTE printed in the center. Their colors are red and white. The school's first State Championship award came in the fall of 1976 with the Girls Basketball Team coached by Barb Crill. The team was also honored several years later by the MHSAA as "Legends of the Game". "The ice hockey team won the 1977,1988, 1995, 2004 and 2008 (tied) MHSAA state championships. The girls downhill ski team took the state titles in 1999-2004, 2008, 2009, and 2016. The boys downhill ski team were the state champs in 1997, 2000-2003, 2006, 2009, and 2013-2016. The Girls Swimming and Diving team have been the UP champions 21 times (1980, 1981, 1989-1993, 1995-1997, 2002-2012).
- Gus Sonnenberg (1915): member of the 1928 NFL championship team Providence Steam Roller, multi-time professional wrestling World Heavyweight Champion
- Bob Chase (1943): play-by-play broadcaster for the Fort Wayne Komets
- Chris Thorpe (1988): Olympic silver medalist in luge doubles, Nagano, Japan, 1998.
- Vernon Forrest (1991): member of 1992 United States Olympic Boxing Team, welterweight and light-heavyweight world champion
- Shani Davis (2000): two-time Olympic gold medalist in speed skating (2006,2010).
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- Yearly Champions | Ice Hockey| MHSAA Sports
- Yearly Champions | Girls Skiing | MHSAA Sports
- Yearly Champions | Boys Skiing | MHSAA Sports
- Team Champions | Girls Swimming & Diving | MHSAA Sports
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