Northville High kicks off 150th anniversary celebration

Kyla Smith
The Detroit News

Northville High School looked forward Wednesday to the start of the new school year — and back to the founding of the city’s first school 150 years ago.

A celebration marking both events welcomed students, staff and alumni and kicked off a monthlong commemoration of Northville’s first school, Union School, which opened Sept. 4, 1865.

More than 900 people joined a red carpet procession into the auditorium, where they watched a mock newscast put on by students, staff and alumni. The marching band performed as everyone sang the Northville High fight song, their voices filling the auditorium: “Rally sons of Northville High! Sing of her glory, school colors fly!”

While Karson Brown, 10, won’t graduate from Northville High until 2023, she was happy to be included in the celebration.

“It make me feel so good that I go to one of the best schools in the state,” said Karson, who attends Silver Springs Elementary in Northville and who was one of the broadcasters for the newscast. “Soon, I will get to go to one of the oldest high schools and I think that is really cool.”

Maura Jary, a teacher at Meads Mill Middle School, sought out Northville because of the district’s reputation.

“This is really an outstanding school district...,” Jary said. “With the high school celebrating 150 years, it just shows the district is constantly changing and growing for the better.”