Northville Public Schools’ history, which has its origins in Northville High School, can be traced back 145 years. Only four years after the close of the Civil War, Northville High School — then Northville Union School — graduated its first student, Alice Beal. The lone graduate in the Class of 1869, Alice’s diploma was hand-printed on parchment by Asa Randolph, a Northville pioneer and village trustee. This number grew to nine graduates in 1910 when seven young women and two young men posed for the school’s first graduation picture. Today, Northville High School’s most recent graduates in the Class of 2017 included 576 graduates. The district currently serves more than 7,000 students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as more than 230 students in our special education center program, and nearly 1,000 students in the district’s preschool and childcare programs.
Northville is a suburban community in southeast Michigan. Located 31 miles west of Detroit and 18 miles northeast of Ann Arbor, the Northville of today is in the heart of the state’s educational, cultural, commercial and medical centers. The city’s Victorian downtown is rich in small-town atmosphere and history. The scenic landscape of the township has attracted considerable housing development and population growth over the past 35 years. Most residents are employed in professional career fields including engineering, education, management and medicine. Combined, the population of the City of Northville and Northville Township is more than 36,000. The median household income is $101,761 and the median housing sales price is $296,000.
In terms of outcomes, Northville students consistently score above national averages on ACT, SAT and Advanced Placement assessments. The district consistently graduates more than 96 percent of its senior class and its graduates are among the top scholarship earners in Michigan. The Class of 2017 alone included 40 National Merit Scholar competitors, with 23 finalists and 17 commended students, along with 32 International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Candidates. Northville Public Schools is also home to one of the largest and most successful vocal and instrumental music programs in the state, as well as a comprehensive visual arts program with work recognized at the local, state and national levels. And on our fields of play, the district’s athletic program attracts more than 1,000 high school and 800 middle school student athletes in 27 sports and on 72 teams with a significant number of all-state, all-academic teams and athletes. Whether in the classroom, on our athletic fields, in the arts or out in the community, we are proud of these accomplishments on the part of our students.
Northville Public Schools’ Tradition of Excellence is a testament to the enduring dedication of the district’s students, teachers, staff and parents, along with the abiding devotion of the entire Northville community in making the education of our young people a top priority.