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Jhartmich
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Post Number: 61
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Posted on Monday, June 25, 2007 - 10:57 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Last Friday was the last day for Hutchins Middle School since 1923. It will now be an alternative high school.

Hutchins seems to have a following of dedicated people. Several popular people went to Hutchins such as Aretha Franklin. During the 60's riots the national guard used Hutchins as their base of operations and the soldiers slept in the classrooms and in the hallways.

I love Hutchins. Does anyone have any stories to share or tell about their experience at Hutchins?
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Neilr
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Posted on Monday, June 25, 2007 - 11:26 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Lily Tomlin attended Hutchins before going on to Cass Tech for high school. She lived is an apartment near the intersection of Byron and Hazelwood.
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Vetalalumni
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Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 1:00 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Have no stories, however, here are 2 informative Hutchins web-sites that are not under the Detroit Public Schools direct domain:

--> http://www.dpshms.com/

--> http://www.ehhs.cmich.edu/~dne wby/hutchins.html
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Bobzilla
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Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 8:15 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mom went to school at Hutchins in the mid-1930s -- then she graduated from Northern High School, Class of 1940. She was born in 1922 and she will have her 85th birthday next week. Happy Birthday, Momzilla.
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Jhartmich
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Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 9:57 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I was told it was the biggest middle school in Michigan and possibly the United States. It had 2200 students in the 1960's. It also has two swimming pools and must have been used as a Detroit Recreation Department site during the summers because there is still a sign near the pool that says Detroit Recreation Department. Anyone remember swimming there?
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Izzadore
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Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 10:10 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My father went to Hutchins. I've only seen the school a few times but you're right Jhartmich, that school is massive. It looked bigger than some High Schools i.e.: Kettering, Chadsey...
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Jhartmich
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Posted on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 11:00 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes, it is big. It is an entire city block, 4 floors, and two full basements with bomb shelters. One room still has supplies in it.

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