Gala Executive Summary

  • The Detroit Public Schools (DPS), as a system of urban education, was founded on February 17, 1842. Throughout its history, the District has educated millions of city residents within pre-kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school curricula.  ​

    DPS, and now the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) has graduated a multiplicity of students that have become local, statewide, regional, national, and global leaders.  ​

    With the theme of “Come Home,” we will salute those worldwide DPS/DPSCD alumni from closed/open high schools, and now retired or officials within multiple careers, and establish the DPS/DPSCD Hall of Fame for the Detroit Public Schools Community District - Central Office new location at 9026 Woodward Avenue; Detroit., Michigan 48202.

    The Come Home Alumni Hall of Fame Gala & Alumni Weekend is a trademark District event that is a formal attire gala including:

    1. Distinguished, first-class alumni dinner
    2. Recognition of universal alumni
    3. Honor ceremony for prestigious alumni with exceptional awards
    4. Paramount set of extraordinary alumni and student performances
    5. Development of a pivotal mechanism for DPS/DPSCD alumni associations or groups to adjoin with present District students and establish life-changing educational and career skillsets for our eventual high school graduates of today, yet potential international leaders of tomorrow.

    The Come Home Alumni Hall of Fame Gala & Alumni Weekend is a Detroit-based event with a V.I.P. Reception, Gala, and Afterglow for 500-700 combined District alumni, students, officials, partners, and overall, guests. The Gala is a premier and unparalleled event! We want to provide alumni with the following mandate for the accentuation of DPSCD student matriculation from kindergarten, elementary, middle to high school through enrollment; attendance; academic growth; college & career readiness; and graduation rates.

Executive Advisory Group (EAG)

  • District Officials & Community Stakeholders​

    Serve as advisors and supporters of the signature events and utilize names/titles on letterhead and mailing information to alumni and partners.​

    Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent
    Detroit Public Schools Community District

    Bishop Charles Ellis III, Senior Pastor
    Greater Grace Temple

    Reverend Dr. Jim Holley, Senior Pastor
    Historic Little Rock Baptist Church

    Reverend Dr. Wendell Anthony, Pastor
    Fellowship Chapel
    NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People)
    Detroit Branch

    Sharlonda Buckman, Assistant Superintendent
    Office of Family & Community Engagement
    Detroit Public Schools Community District

    Chrystal Wilson, Assistant Superintendent
    Office of Communications
    Detroit Public Schools Community District

    Brittany Sanders, Co-Chair
    District-Wide Alumni Advisory Council
    Detroit Public Schools Community District

    Leon Johnson, Co-Chair
    District-Wide Alumni Advisory Council
    Detroit Public Schools Community District

    Pamela Moore, President & Chief Executive Officer
    Detroit Public Schools Foundation

    Kenneth Donaldson, President & Chief Executive Officer
    BUF (Black United Fund) of Michigan

    Reginald Hinton, Vice President & Consumer Banking Market Lender
    Bank of America

    W. Howard Morris, President & Chief Investment Officer
    Prairie & Tireman Group