Gabriel Richard Catholic High School
, usually referred to as Gabriel Richard
or simply GR
, is a Catholic
, coed high school
, 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
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
, 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.
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Clubs and groups
The following is a partial list of student clubs at Gabriel Richard:
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
. Students are required to pass a "dance quiz" before they can attend any school dances.