This past school year 1,973 students from Dearborn, Edsel Ford, and Fordson took part in a variety of athletic programs offered by the Dearborn Public Schools. Add in the middle school students and the number swells to over 5,500 student athletes across the district.
Besides the obvious benefits of being involved in sports as part of the school experience, athletic programs provide students with opportunities to learn and develop skills beyond those taught in the classroom. Teamwork, perseverance, and leadership all come in to play b
oth in and out of the classroom and are needed to be successful competitors on the field, court, track, or ice. Last year, twenty student athletes received scholarships to continue to play sports at the collegiate level.
Athletes in Dearborn are also winners in the classroom. At Dearborn High the Varsity Volleyball and Field Hockey teams were Academic All-State with an average grade point average (gpa) of 3.81. The girls swim team at Edsel Ford led the way academically at their school with a 3.75 gpa and at Fordson, all fall sports teams had a minimum 3.0 gpa.
Next year, Fordson and Dearborn High will join the KLA Conference while Edsel Ford will become a member of the DL conference. The change was necessary due to movement of schools in the existing conference and to create a more competitive field of teams. Looking to the future, the district hopes to be able to replace football field scoreboards at Edsel Ford and Fordson; synthetic turf at Fordson, weight room floors at all three high schools, repair middle school tracks, and make repairs to the swimming pool at Edsel Ford.
-May 2018 – The First Bell