Students at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy began the new academic year exploring the newest building on campus. The new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) center, which opened August 22, is the first and only high school facility of its kind in Detroit. The center represents the largest dollar investment in science and technology at any Michigan high school in recent years. The building is entirely privately funded through the generosity of the school’s alumni, parents, and friends.
The four-level, 40,000-square-foot STEM center doubles the space for biology, chemistry, and physics programs, and provides labs for engineering and for the school’s nationally recognized eco-car and robotics programs. The center includes a spacious science classroom and laboratory exclusively for students in the seventh and eighth grades.
“Preparing our young men to be tomorrow’s leaders continues here and now in Detroit, in the 465-year-old Jesuit tradition of formation of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit,” said school president Fr. Theodore (Ted) G. Munz, SJ. “Critical thinking informed by theological inquiry prepares our students to serve others in many fields when they go out into the world.”
Since the June 2015 groundbreaking, Senator Gary Peters, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Vatican astronomer Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ, and several leaders in the sciences and arts have publicly acknowledged the school’s commitment to the quality education of youth.
“Our city and state need home-grown scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs to continue to fuel Detroit’s economic growth,” said Mayor Duggan at the groundbreaking ceremony. “I applaud U of D Jesuit’s commitment to providing young men in the City of Detroit with access to a world-class education and the opportunity to make a difference for the rest of their lives.”
The University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy is the largest and oldest of Detroit’s three Catholic high schools. The STEM center is the largest addition to the school's campus since the main school building was constructed on West Seven Mile Road in 1930. The original high school was built in 1877 on Jefferson Avenue, near where the General Motors Renaissance Center stands today.
U of D Jesuit's students achieve among the highest average ACT scores in the state, and every graduating senior is accepted at a college or university. Members of the 2016 class matriculated to the military service academies, Michigan’s leading colleges and universities, and Jesuit and Ivy League educational institutions.
The University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy is Detroit's second oldest high school. Founded in 1877, it has educated young men to be “men for others” through academic excellence, faith formation, and community service. It remains Metro Detroit’s most ethnically, geographically, and culturally diverse high school. Nine hundred students are enrolled in grades seven through twelve, from more than 70 communities in six counties. One-third of the students qualify for tuition assistance totaling $1.9 million annually.
For more information about the Science and Engineering Center, visit www.uofdjesuit.org/newsroom.