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Darwinism
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Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2006 - 1:21 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://www.ci.detroit.mi.us/hi storic/districts/st_david.pdf

Does anyone have any details regarding this building ? When did it close ? Future plans for the property ? Any memories of the school and the neighborhood ? Please share.
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Merchantgander
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I remember beating them at basketball in grade school. The School has been closed over 10 years now.
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Taj920
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Either the old grade school or high school across Outer Drive is now another school. The high school closed in '70 I think, the church around '90.
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Kathleen
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St. David High School closed around 1973 or so, because Bishop Gallagher H.S. got an influx of students from there while I was at BG.
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J_stone
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My Mom's family went there. The church and school.

J.Stone was born over there. The whole family is from that area. No longer though.
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Danny
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St. David School and Convent is long gone. The buiding is there but vacant for a while. Problably back in the 1930s to the 1970s lots of Italians kids have gone there when Gratiot Ave. and its Detroit ghettohoods were part of Little Italy.
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Detroitej72
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St. David's closed in 1989. My father taught there for the last year it was open. Enrollment was around 200, I think. The church closed at the same time and was eventually sold to another denomination. Not sure if the elementary school was part of the sale however. The high school accross the street was Rosa Parks High from the mid-70's on. Still have a globe and set of bookshelfs from the school sale when it closed.
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Hamtramck_steve
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My grandma went to St. David's for her last couple years of elementary school when she came from Germany around 1932. From there, she went Cass Tech for high school.
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Detroitej72
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Mikem
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My parents lived on Charlemagne when they were first married (1946-1947). They attended St David but my mother doesn't remember much about it except that the priest's name was Father Reid, he was very old school (hard core, fire & brimstone), and he drove a large car, perhaps a Cadillac or Packard. I wish my father were still alive; he was a walking encyclopedia of the city's Catholic community. He would know where Fr. Reid came from, were he went next, who replaced him, who were the famous alumni of the school, etc.
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Formerspringgardener
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I used to hang out with a bunch of guys in the late 60's who lived on Wilshire and around that area. It seems to me the high school closed or was going to close because we ended up getting some the kids at Nativity.

I occasionally take Outer Drive to Gratiot on my way in downtown. Most of the houses on Outer Drive look good enough to be in one of the Pointes. I took a side street detour and couldn't believe the difference.
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Maxcarey
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The cornerstone on the elementary school building says 1924. The building appears to be in pretty rough shape.

The high school building across the street has a 1956 cornerstone and is currently part of the DPS as the Duke Ellington School. A picture:

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Maxcarey
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Swiburn
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Two interesting books on the Catholic community in Detroit: "The Catholic Church in Detroit" and "The Archdiocese of Detroit", both written by Roman Godzak. These books are part of the "Images of America" series- many pictures and historical commentary. Highly recommended reading on the history of the church in Detroit.

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