|Name||Plymouth-Canton Educational Park|
|Address|| Canton High School|
8415 Canton Center Rd.
Canton, Michigan 48187
Plymouth High School
Salem High School
|Established|| Salem High School: 1970|
Canton High School: 1972
Phase III : 1974
Plymouth High School: 2002
|Grades||9 through 12|
|Mascots|| Chiefs (Canton)|
|Colors|| Red and White (Canton)|
Black and Silver (Plymouth)
Blue and White (Salem)
When the first new high school opened in the present-day Plymouth-Canton Educational Park, the original Plymouth High School was converted into a middle school, dubbed Central Middle School (in conjunction with the more recently constructed East and West Middle Schools). Central Middle School remains in operation today as part of the Plymouth-Canton Community School District.
Originally planned to simply remain Plymouth High School, the school's name was changed to Plymouth-Salem High School after Canton opened. Although the school district serves much of rural Salem Township, Salem residents were not necessarily exclusive to Plymouth-Salem. The Salem High School building was the original Plymouth High School. But before Salem became Plymouth, it was the Plymouth Rocks, not the Salem Rocks like it is today. They named them the Plymouth Rocks after where the settlers first land on their trip over here. Since they were called the 'Rocks', they brought over an actual piece of Plymouth Rock which now sits in front of What is currently Salem. It is tradition for students to spray paint this rock and leave their name on a piece of history.
Plymouth High's colors of red, white, and blue, were split up, with Plymouth-Salem retaining blue and white, and the eventual Canton High School teams taking the red with white. One of the more distinctive features of the school building was its large ramp at the North Mall, which provided direct access to the second floor of classrooms. What made this ramp unusual were the three steps placed at the bottom of the ramp, purposely making vehicle access impractical. The ramp was demolished in the early 1990s, and the North Mall was revamped to provide a more appealing façade, while the South Mall was eliminated in favor of an expanded cafeteria. The school underwent renovations from 2006 to 2008.
In 2002, with the opening of the new Plymouth High School as part of the PCEP, "Plymouth" was dropped from Salem's name. Salem High School retained the "Rocks" nickname, logo, and colors of blue (sometimes silver) and white. In addition to the formal online school resources, the school's parents, coaches and boosters proudly and voluntarily contribute content related to their group and team activities at
Canton High School's team name is "Chiefs". Their logo is a reuse of the arrowhead logo of the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs. Prior to dropping "Plymouth" from its name in 2002 when Plymouth High School opened, the logo featured the letters "PC" in the same font as Kansas City's "KC"; since 2002, a large italic "C" is superimposed over the arrowhead. The school has also used a secondary logo of a Native American chief's head, but is usually unused because of the possible entitlement or race factor. The school colors remain red and white. Canton provides many clubs and sports. In addition to the formal online school resources, the school's parents, coaches and boosters proudly and voluntarily contribute content related to their group and team activities at
Prior to the summer of 2006, the Cady family barn was also a part of the campus. It has since been moved to the Canton Township Cherry Hill village area next to a historic home. Included on the campus grounds is also a small strip of forest that backs a nearby neighborhood. Various trails are scattered throughout the wooded area. An artesian well can also be found in the wooded area, and is visited by earth science and ecology classes yearly. A creek that is part of the Rouge River watershed runs through the campus, separating Salem and Phase III (north of the creek) from Canton and Plymouth (south of the creek). Environmental science classes held at the park regularly take water samples to monitor water quality from this creek.
==Cell Phone Policy== All three schools prohibit the use of all electroic devices including cell phones, PDA or even translator for the ones that require special needs. Usally when you're caught using any electroic device, you will serve a day of out school supension.
There are also many clubs dedicated to different languages and cultures, such as the Spanish and Latino Students' Association (SALSA), Asian Pacific American Club (APAC), Indian-American Student Association (IASA), Muslim Student Association (MSA), Arab Student Association, and the Diversity Council.
"The Park" also has a Debate Club, a Model United Nations Club, a three Mock Trial teams, a FIRST Robotics Team , a Distributive Education Clubs of American chapter, and an Investment Club, among other clubs geared towards educational incentives. The Park's National Honor Society was recognized by the American Cancer Society for its efforts in supporting and running the community fundraising walk for cancer cures, Relay for Life.
There are also less serious after-school clubs at "The Park", including the Association for the Advancement of Table Tennis (AATT), the Food Club, and Photography Club.
Salem Cross Country has most all state athletes at the park. Salem remains the only school out of the three to win a State football championship, doing so in 1974.They also won the State Baseball Championship in 1975 behind the pitching and hitting of Thomas Willette who went on to play for NC State. Salem's women's soccer team took the state championship in 1987. Salem men's swimming won the WLAA conference championship for 11 straight years, and Salem women's swimming continues to close the gap between itself and Stevenson High School at the Conference Finals. The Salem men's ice hockey team has also been a strong contender for the state championship for several years. Salem's boys' tennis team won both conferences and regionals, and took FIRST in states. Salem's co-ed cheerleading team won awards at UCA National Championships in Florida, including 3rd place in 2004. In 2005, the PCS United Cheer team was formed, composed of cheerleaders from all three schools.
Plymouth High School's softball and wrestling teams won back-to-back district titles. The volleyball team was first in the division, along with the men's track and field team. In 2005, their first year of having a full graduating class, the Plymouth football team made the state playoffs, losing their first ever playoff game. The team again made the playoffs in 2007, again losing their first game in the Pre-District round.
The Plymouth-Canton-Salem Penguins women's ice hockey team won the 2007 State Championship.
When unified, the lacrosse team was called the PCS Warriors. Starting in 2007-08, the Plymouth Wildcats, the Salem Rocks, and the Canton Chiefs started their own lacrosse teams. "The Park" also has a unified JV hockey team with players from all three schools.
There are two orchestra classes. The lower orchestra is called Concert Orchestra, while the upper one is called Symphony Orchestra. Placement into either of these is determined by audition. Symphony Orchestra typically plays AA-rated musical pieces, often playing pieces with members of the Wind Ensemble. They have been ranked as one of the best performing high school symphony orchestras in the state, consistently earning a Division I rating at District Orchestra Festival. Both high school orchestras often perform for community events, and volunteers from orchestra classes and Wind Ensemble play in the orchestra pit for the musicals. There is also a middle school orchestra program which meets in the high school during first hour in the high school schedule. All orchestra classes are directed by Catherine DePentu.
There are five choir classes at PCEP. The entry-level choir for ninth-grade girls, Park Singers, is the starting choir for most students. One step above Park Singers for girls, and the starting place for all male vocalists, is Allegro!. The only mixed choir class, Allegro! performs easy to moderately challenging selections. After Allegro! the next highest choir for girls is Dulcissima. Dulcissima is a group of 50+ select female voices who perform moderate to challenging pieces for competitions. The highest choir for girls is the Madrigal Singers. The Madrigals perform extremely challenging selections, and have earned highest honors at state and national competitions. Equal with the Madrigals is the male select choir, Chamber Choir, which has also earned highest honors at state and national competitions. Although Chambers and Madrigals have separate classes, the two choirs rehearse together after school, every other week, and practice pieces that they do together. This combined choir is called the Festival Singers and is nicknamed by its members "Chambrigals". The Festival Singers travel around throughout the school year and perform for various competitions and community events.
The P-CEP National Honor Society is composed of Juniors and Seniors. It is an organization that promotes and recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. Membership is by application and committee review. At the beginning of the school year, all juniors and seniors who have a career GPA of 3.5 or better will receive a letter via US Mail outlining the application process. Tasks preformed by the school's NHS mainly focus around community service activities and services for other organizations around the Plymouth-Canton area.
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