Check out this Alumni Feature on Ben Ketai, Andover Class of 2000 and Creator of STARTUP on Netflix!
Did you know that the first graduating class from Bloomfield Hills Schools was eight students in 1936? And that despite the many challenges of the Great Depression, the high school (which predated Andover and Lahser) was accredited that year by the University of Michigan?
The Class of 1936 occupied a beautiful building known as Bloomfield Hills School on Vaughn Road, which was later named Vaughn Elementary School and then eventually sold to Cranbrook. The school opened in 1932 and by 1936 contained 170 students and twelve grades. According to District archives, Bloomfield Hills School was "geared to college preparation from its inception, and the curriculum reflected this." Bloomfield Hills Schools has a long and proud history from those humble beginnings. We count 28,000 graduates from the original Bloomfield Hills School as well as Andover (opened in 1955) and Lahser (opened in 1967). Many of our current parents and staff are so rightfully enthusiastic about their BHS education that they return to live and teach here. Others are scattered around the globe and span the generations.
Today's technology tools make it easier than ever to reestablish a connection with old school friends. Bloomfield Hills Schools is creating an Alumni Association that will, in part, enable those connections.
We'd like our alums to know that they can:
- Join the Bloomfield Hills Schools Alumni Pride Facebook Group
- Contact the Communications & Community Relations office at Communications@bloomfield.org or 248.341.6328.
Encore, the magazine for alumni and friends of Bloomfield Hills Schools, is filled with articles about alumni, retired staff, teachers and students. Check out the latest edition below.
Rebecca Abel, a 1996 graduate of Bloomfield Hills Schools, is a local entrepreneur. Her newest businesses, Treat Dreams Dessert Emporium- Ferndale & D’VINE Cookies, provide scrumptious treats!
"My time spent at BHHS, learning from faculty, students, and coaches has taught me to not just focus on myself, but to better my community”, shares 2018 BHHS graduate Tori Weingarten
Bloomfield Hills High School Class of 2018 graduates Kasra Raffi and Christian Kassab have shared a passion for videography and photography since their middle school years at Bloomfield Hills Middle School. These two students, while currently attending different universities, have maintained and grown their collaboration over the years, and credit BHHS for their skills and growth.
BHS Alum Karen Binno Akouri (1987) has used creativity, perseverance, and a commitment to all-natural ingredients to produce and promote a line of all-natural salad dressings called Drench that can be found in stores all around the Detroit metro area.
“My whole, entire life, I have been 50 percent creative and 50 percent scientific,” says Karen Swisher-McKee, who graduated from Bloomfield Hills Schools (Lahser) in 1984. “The scientific side decided it was going to be the boss, and we were going to be a podiatrist because we needed to make money. But the creative side in me was always like this squeaky voice inside saying, ‘But what about me?’”
Rudy Chung, Andover 1995, is the music supervisor for the ESPN 30 for 30 series “The Last Dance.” Rudy was a swimmer and part of several state championships at Andover.
Solomon graduated in 1995 from Bloomfield Hills Schools (Lahser High School).
Alex Scharg, a 2010 Andover graduate, is the founder of the company Flow Video, a video marketing agency with clients across a large variety of spaces, and with team members across Detroit and New Jersey. Scharg’s team has created videos featuring Bloomfield Hills Schools.
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