About Us

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    Dr. James E. Vernor Elementary School, serving grades Pre-K to 6, has established a firm academic foundation where students are fully prepared through STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning experiences  to prepare students for higher learning opportunities and readiness for future careers. Vernor has been graded an “A” on our School Report Card by the Michigan Department of Education and named one of the city’s Top-Performing schools by Excellent Schools Detroit. Ongoing partnerships include the University of Michigan, Michigan State, Wayne State , Go Green Challenge Initiative and DTE Think Energy Outreach programs.



    Picture of Vernor Ginger Ale old historic building  

    Did you know that Vernor Elementary School was name after your favorite soda pop? Dr. James E. Vernor was an American pharmacist and druggist who invented Vernor's signature ginger ale in 1866. Vernor was born in Albany, New York and moved with his parents to Detroit, MI in his youth. While employed at Higby and Sterns Drug Store in Detroit, Vernor began experimenting with ginger ale. According to company legend, when Dr. Vernor left to serve in the war, he stored his experimental ginger ale syrup in an oak cask. After returning four years later, he opened the keg and found the drink had changed by the aging process. He declared it, "Deliciously different", which became the drinks motto. 

    Dr. James Vernor was also an American Civil War Veteran. He enlisted and served with the 4th Michigan Cavalry until 1865, and he became a Second Lieutenant before being discharged. Dr. Vernor was one of the original members of the Michigan Board of Pharmacy, formed in 1887, and held License No. 1 throughout his career. Vernor also served on Detroit City Council for 25years.