Ferndale High School

The Ferndale secondary schools campus offers the small community feel and personalized attention for which Ferndale Schools is famous. Students have access to integrated STEM electives and our top-ranked IMPI Robotics team. We offer over 20 AP courses, award-winning music, drama and art classes, and more opportunities for enrichment at the Center for the Advanced Studies and the Arts (CASA). Students enjoy 17 FREE varsity sports! And now, through our Early College programs, students can graduate high school with a FREE associate’s degree.

  

Career Pathways

Our curricular pathways empower students to self-direct their learning by making course choices to fit their areas of interest and career goals. Each pathway is designed around a broad area of focus:

  • Performing and Visual Arts
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
  • Humanities
  • Entrepreneurship

(Pathways have been designed based on student survey data over the past decade regarding students’ interests and career aspirations.)

Electives are designed to support career-readiness and teach specific skills needed. Juniors and Seniors benefit from individualized offerings like internships, virtual mentors or online classes.


Discover Career Pathways in our Course Catalog » PDF Document


Students are asked to select a pathway by the end of their freshman year, but anyone can change pathways as interests change.The pathways are designed to make sure that students are getting their required credits for graduation no matter which pathway they choose. They appeal to many different types of students, and we have created new classes specifically for these pathways that strengthen their relationship to the themes.

Community Support

In addition to the pathways, Ferndale High School has entered into new relationships and strengthened existing relationships with outside organizations that provide area high school students with non-traditional courses of study, including the Oakland Technical Campus and Oakland Community College, expanding our facilities and teaching resources for every student.

Academics

 

  • National Merit Semi-Finalist

  • Student accepted to Johns Hopkins University

  • Student accepted to MIT

  • IMPI Robotics Team Ranked in the Top 20 in the world

  • Six DECA State Finalists, two DECA National Finalists

  • 38 Students Named to National Honor Society

  • FHS Writers Sweep Marygrove University Writing Awards 

Athletics


 

 Fall 

 Winter 

 Spring 

Boys Soccer 

 

 Boys Basketball 

 Baseball 

 Cross Country  

 Girls Basketball 

 Golf 

 Football 

 Boys Swimming

 Girls Soccer 

 Girls Swimming 

 Wrestling 

 Softball 

 Volleyball 

Bowling* 

 

 Girls Tennis 

Boys Tennis

 

 Track 

 * Club sport

Awards & Recognition

FOOTBALL

  • 9 League Championships
  • 5 Playoff Appearances 
  • 1 State Championship

BASKETBALL

Boys
 

  • 24 League Championships
  • 18 District Championships
  • 2 State Championship

Girls
 

  • 8 League Championships
  • 1 District Championship 

BASEBALL

  • 3 League Championships
  • 6 District Championships

SOCCER

  • 5 2014 All-District Players
  • 3 2014 All-League Players   

SOFTBALL

  • 5 League Championships
  • 1 District Championship 

SWIMMING

  • 2015 Two-Time All-State Athlete

TENNIS

  • 2014 District Champion 

TRACK & FIELD

  • 8 League Championships

VOLLEYBALL

  • 6 League Championships
  • 3 District Championships (Including 2015)

WRESTLING

  • 17 Oakland County Champions
  • 33 All State Wrestlers
  • 17 years of having at least one State Qualifier
  • 4 League Championships
  • 3 District Championships

Recent Team Honors

  • Girls Soccer League Champions

  • Wrestling Undefeated League Champions

  • District Champion Varsity Girls Volleyball Team

RECENT INDIVIDUAL HONORS
 

  • Four Boys Soccer Players named All-District

  • FHS Swimmer earns All-State Honors and Wayne State Scholarship

  • Scholar athlete award finalist

  • District Champion Tennis Player

  • FHS Football Player awarded athletic scholarship to Findlay University

  • FHS Wrestler named All-State

  • Boys and Girls Cross Country State Qualifiers 

Arts & Humanities

 

  • Marching Band Finished in 1st place at MCBA Finals

  • FHS Student Selected for Oakland University Honors Band

  • 11 FHS Students selected for Oakland University Honors Orchestra

  • FHS students earned more than $100,000 in scholarships from Michigan Thespian Festival

  • Student scored perfect 100 at state level solo festival qualifying    for Michigan youth arts festival

  • Every choir, band and orchestra received straight 1s at district festival

  • 3 Ferndale High School students have been invited to perform    in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Orchestra 

Scholarships

 

  • Over $2,000,000 in scholarships were awarded to the class of 2014.
  • Over $100,000 in scholarships were earned by FHS students from the Michigan Thespian Festival.
  • Over $48,278 came from our local clubs, organizations and generous community and school benefactors.

 

Recognitions

 

  • North Central Accreditation 2013-2018
  • 2012 Michigan Reward School
  • Official Michigan Emerald School-Michigan Green Schools 

FHS News

January 10, 2020
Ferndale High BBall Defeats the Undefeated
52-48 comeback win over North Farmington

Story and images from MLive:

Despite turnover issues, missing a lot of shots in the paint and trailing by as much as 11 points in the first half, Ferndale was able to claw its way back in the second half on its home court for a 52-48 win over previously unbeaten North Farmington on Tuesday night.

 6-foot-6 senior Colin Golson was in the paint, scoring 10 of his game-high 23 points in the fourth quarter. Scoring his points in the paint -- an area where both teams struggled to convert throughout large portions the game -- Golson made Ferndale's biggest buckets down the stretch.

"It started off pretty rough," Golson admitted. "… I don't know, it just started clicking."

Read More on MLive.

Saturday January 25, 2020
FHS Basketball to Honor Athletes
40th Reunion of Ferndale Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team 1979-1980

On Saturday, January 25th, 2020, the Ferndale High School basketball team will welcome back 1979-80 varsity team season. The team is gathering over the weekend to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their Southeastern Michigan Association league championship and their District Championship in the MHSAA state tournament.

January 29th, 2020
FYA Presents: A Child's Journey Through Grief

Please join us in learning realistic techniques used to address the topic of grief and loss with your children. This free parent workshop will discuss the three tasks of grief, trends, resources and how to support children as they journey through the world of grief.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Ferndale High School (The Nest-Media Center) 881 Pinecrest Ferndale, MI 48220
COST: Free

January 9, 2020
Oakland Schools Game and Invention Challenge allows students to level up their creativity

Oakland Schools and the Oakland Schools Education Foundation have developed the Game and Invention Challenge, an event designed to inspire all Oakland County students in grades 1-12 to use creativity, critical thinking and STEM skills to develop games, inventions or solutions to problems.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 7, 2020. Deadline to register is Jan. 31, 2020 and the deadline to submit all entry materials is Feb. 14, 2020. Registration is $25. The Challenge is limited to 50 individuals or teams and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Principal's Corner: Lisa Williams

Greetings Ferndale Families and Friends,

Welcome to the opening of what promises to be a wonderful school year! This is a time of great anticipation of what is to come, and I am excited to re-introduce myself as the new principal of Ferndale High School. My name is Lisa Williams. I most recently served as the principal of Lincoln Middle School in the Van Dyke Public School District. Before that, I served as an Educational Improvement Consultant with Wayne RESA. I worked specifically with Priority Schools in Wayne County where I provided professional development and consulting services in the area of school improvement. Prior to that, I worked in the Ferndale Public School District for eight years. The first five years I served as the Assistant Principal of Ferndale High School and Principal during my last three.  I also taught English Language Arts for eight years at the high school level. I am truly honored to have the opportunity to come back home and be part of the wonderful Ferndale School community and Ferndale High School family.

Lisa Williams
Principal
Ferndale High School

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