Richard Gabriel

Gabriel Richard Catholic High School

Gabriel Richard Catholic High School, usually referred to as Gabriel Richard or simply GR, is a Catholic, coed high school in Riverview, Michigan, south of Detroit. Named after Father Gabriel Richard, the school was established in 1965, with the first class graduating in 1969. It currently has approximately 460 students and approximately 30 full-time teachers, giving a student-to-teacher ratio of approximately 15:1. Located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, Gabriel Richard Catholic High School has also been fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since the 1993-94 school year.


Unlike many other Catholic schools (for example Cabrini High School in nearby Allen Park, Michigan) Gabriel Richard is not tied to a specific parish. In the early 1960s, a group of parish priests form the Downriver area decided that a new Catholic high school needed to be built. The school was to be built in Wyandotte but no suitable site could be found and the school was built at its current location in Riverview. The building was completed in 1965 and the school began accepting students for the 9th grade.

Coed status

The school was designed to be a coed school. However, the original plans called for the separation of the male and female students. The males would use one wing of the building (the east) and the females would use the other (the west). The cafeteria, gymnasium, band room, library, and chapel were to be shared, but used at different times by the boys and girls. However, due to scheduling problems, the school was never operated in the way it was originally planned. Evidence of the original design can still be seen in the building though. The men's restrooms are all in the east wing, while the women's restrooms are all in the west.

Notable alumni

  • Andrew Arena - Director of the Detroit FBI field office.

Extracurricular activities

Clubs and groups

The following is a partial list of student clubs at Gabriel Richard:


Boys Girls
Baseball Softball
Basketball Basketball
Bowling Bowling
Cross Country Cross Country
Football Cheerleading
Golf Volleyball
Hockey Figure skating
Soccer Soccer
Tennis Tennis
Track & Field Track & Field

Gabriel Richard in the media

Gabriel Richard was cited by many newspapers, including the Washington Post, as one of many schools cracking down on sexual dancing at school sponsored dances such as prom and homecoming. Students are required to pass a "dance quiz" before they can attend any school dances.


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