Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Historic school is celebrated as it closes

Tags: faculty, mirel

But it only became a high school by force. During the Depression, parents protested the rising population of black students attending Eastern High. The school board bowed to the pressure and decided in 1933 that Miller Intermediate School would become a small high school. Most students came from or near the Black Bottom area.

A transfer policy allowed whites in the area to go to Eastern, according to "The Rise and Fall of an Urban School System: Detroit, 1907-1981." "It was one of the clearest examples of racial segregation," said University of Michigan professor Jeffrey Mirel, the book's author.

Miller was never expected to succeed, alumni say. It never had the classrooms, athletic fields or resources to be a high school, Mirel and Jones said.

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