High School Athletics

  • Mission

    All student-athletes will have exposure to high quality athletic programs, giving them the opportunity to go to college and participate in sports.

    Philosophy of Interscholastic Competition

    In the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD), interscholastic athletic participation exists as part of our Whole Child Commitment to unlock students’ full potential. Participation in athletics is a privilege reserved for eligible students that meet and exceed the academic and behavioral expectations of the district.  We are committed to growth and our aim is to continually expand opportunities for participation as they align with the skills, interests, resources, and opportunities within the community.

    Participation in school sports can be one of the most significant and meaningful learning experiences for a student.  Interscholastic athletics is viewed as an extension of the academic curriculum and is an expanded opportunity for students to learn important skills, develop positive character traits such as confidence, self-discipline, respect, and commitment.  Interscholastic athletics also allows for students to be exposed to diverse experiences and individuals and promotes a Transformative Culture where all students, families, community members, and staff feel safe, respected, and connected.

    Junior Varsity: Junior varsity teams generally consist of 9th and 10th grade students, but may also include 11th grade students.  The concepts introduced at the middle school level are reinforced here, but the purpose of the junior varsity team is primarily to serve as a reserve, developmental squad for the varsity team.  Students are introduced to the earned playing time concept that not only takes into account adherence to team rules and demands, but athletic and sport-specific talent as well.

    Varsity: The focus of varsity competition is to train the district’s best representation of student-athletes in their chosen sport(s).  The goal of the varsity team is to win contests while adhering to the game rules and promoting positive school and community culture.  There will be a major focus on mastering fundamentals, cultivating leadership, and advancement to college.  Teams will be administered fairly; however, there is no guarantee of playing time at the Varsity level.

    Governance

    DPSCD has established the Public School League (PSL) to facilitate interscholastic play and competition. The League is comprised of district elementary, middle, and high schools and is administered through the Office of Athletics. 

    The PSL is organized, supervised and maintained under the jurisdiction of the DPSCD. The Office of Athletics has oversight, approval and delegation authority for rules, regulations, procedures, schedules and is responsible for the governance of athletic activities for participating schools within the District.

    DPSCD High Schools are voluntary members of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) and all interscholastic athletic programs are governed by the rules, regulations, determinations, and interpretations of the MHSAA.  Through its membership, our schools help the MHSAA promote, develop, direct, protect and regulate amateur interscholastic athletics between member schools.  The MHSAA, through the Representative Council, also helps schools stimulate fair play, friendly rivalry, and good sportsmanship among contestants, schools and communities.  All individuals involved in the interscholastic athletic programs within the District, should strive to know, understand and adhere to all rules, regulations and interpretation of the MHSAA.

    All student-athletes are governed by the DPSCD Student Code of Conduct and subject to rules of the PSL and MHSAA for sport participation and conduct.

    Non-Discrimination Policy

    It is the policy of the DPSCD that:

    No person shall be discriminated against or excluded from participation in DPSCD sponsored activities based on race, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, gender, marital status, or handicap.

    Title IX

    Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations, no individual may be discriminated against on the basis of sex in any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment of students is a form of prohibited sex discrimination under the circumstances described in the Guidance. Schools are required by the Title IX regulations to have grievance procedures through which students can complain of alleged sex discrimination, including sexual harassment.

    Sports Offered

    Girls Fall Sports

    Boys Fall Sports

    Cross Country

    Sideline Cheerleading

    Swimming

    Golf

    Cross Country

    Football

    Tennis

    Girls Winter Sports

    Boys Winter Sports

    Basketball

    Sideline Cheerleading

    Competitive Cheerleading

    Volleyball

    Basketball

    Soccer

    Swimming

    Wrestling

    Girls Spring Sports

    Boys Spring Sports

    Track and Field

    Softball

    Lacrosse

    Soccer

    Tennis

    Track and Field

    Baseball

    Lacrosse

    Golf