University High School

Ferndale Public Schools University High School in partnership with Wayne State University

About Us

University High School is a public high school with a rigorous college prep curriculum. UHS is for students committed to success in high school and beyond. College Success is our first goal. Our partnership with Wayne State University enables all seniors to attend class on the WSU campus. Selected UHS students may even earn college credits through dual enrollment.

New students enter UHS in Grade 9 or 10, and applications are currently being accepted from students who live throught the Metro Detroit area, in Oakland, Wayne & Macomb Counties and other counties adjacent to Oakland County, through Schools of Choice.

A Proven Record of College Achievement

UHS graduates are currently outpacing the state for all students in post-secondary enrollment.

  • Ranked in the Top 15% Statewide for College Success
  • 80% College Retention
  • 90% College Enrollment
  • 98% High School Graduation Rate
  • 100% of Seniors Attend Class on College Campus

Support Programs

C2 Pipeline

Wayne State C2 Pipeline logoThrough Wayne State, the C2 Pipeline program offers on-site after school tutoring and enrichment. Students are engaged through hands-on, project-based learning activities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  An emphasis is placed on careers in STEM and the healthcare profession. Learn more at the C2 Pipeline Webpage.

College Transition Specialist

We help you along the journey. Our college transition specialist guides students through high school and into college.

Contact Brian Alford, College Transition Specialist

College Success Advisor

College-Prep at UHS doesn't end with graduation. Our college success advisor follows students through college, making campus visits and assisting students.

Contact Eric Royal, College Success Advisor

Info Sessions

Come learn more about UHS at one of our 2019 information sessions. All sessions are held at University High School, 2521 Bermuda, Ferndale, MI 48220.

  • Wednesday, April 17 – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 9 – 5:00 PM
  • Monday, June 17 – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, July 16 – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, August 7 – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, August 20 – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday, Aug 24 – Noon

Students in the Innovative Vehicle Design club learn 21st century engineering and design skills.

  • Senior Classes on University Campus
  • Highly Qualified, Dedicated and Skilled Teachers
  • Safe, Supportive, Caring Learning Environment
  • College Transition Specialist & College Success Advisor Staff Positions
  • Involved Students:DECA, MHSAA Athletics, NHS, Robotics, Student Council, and more!



Student Activities & Athletics

Several very active school clubs and athletics opportunities give students experiences beyond the classroom where they excel, as well. Students are involved in DECA, Michigan’s largest organization for students preparing to become leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management. Several UHS students compete at the national DECA championships each year. Learn about all of our Clubs & Activities.

UHS Basketball 2013 District Champion teamAthletics


The UHS boys basketball team won the 2013 MHSAA District 24 Basketball Championship. In 2012, the UHS girls basketball team achieved Academic All-State status. Both the girls and boys teams are frequently district finalists.


UHS students play on the Ferndale Eagles Football team alongside thier neighbors at FHS. In 2017, the team has an 8-1 record!


The girls volleyball team reached the sem-finals in the league tournament this year. 3 athletes were named to All-League teams, including the 2017 Conference Volleyball Player of the Year.

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Call (248) 586-8846 for more information or click the banner!



Principal: Johanna Mracna

Johanna Mracna is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and Wayne State University and has been an educator since 2002.  Since 2006, she has been an educator in Ferndale Public Schools, working to ensure the best outcome for every student. Mrs. Mracna is excited for her role as principal at University High School.  

"Our goal at UHS is to provide opportunities for all students and foster a caring and nurturing environment with a staff who is invested in every child ."

Contact Mrs. Mracna by email at  or call (248) 586-8844.

Assistant Principal: David Gardner

David Gardner graduated from Wayne State University and has been an educator since 2006.  He has been an educator at Ferndale Public Schools, specifically at University High School, since then.  He has worked tirelessly as a classroom teacher, counselor, and finally, assistant principal to ensure the success of every student at UHS.  

"UHS is about relationships and helping students succeed, not only today, but also tomorrow and beyond."

Contact Mr. Gardner by email at or call (248) 586-8852.

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