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Pursuit of Education and Passion for Basketball Drive DPSCD Family

UPDATED 4-10-21 12:30 p.m.

Congratulations to the Douglass varsity boys basketball team as it captured the Div. 4 state championship by defeating Wyoming Tri-Unity Christian 47-41.Well done! #DPSCD Proud! 

For Pierre Brooks and his family, basketball and DPSCD are a family affair.

Pierre and his wife, Inger, are both educators within DPSCD. Pierre is a teacher at the Frederick Douglass Academy for Young Men (Douglass for short) while Inger serves as Assistant Principal at Edmondson Elementary. Meanwhile, their son, Pierre II, is a senior at Douglass. He is also the school’s star basketball player and the catalyst for the Hurricanes’ drive to today’s state tournament semi-final game against Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart. In addition, Pierre II is a standout student, with a 4.1 GPA who will take his love of basketball to Michigan State University, on an athletic scholarship. 

Template for blending basketball and education comes from his parents.

Pierre’s basketball skills (he is a DPSCD product, having attended and played at King) helped him to earn a full scholarship to Lane College, opening the door to his career in education. He has continued his love of the game by going into coaching, where he now serves as the varsity head coach at Douglass, coaching his son and his teammates. Inger played basketball in high school. For her to play, it was requirement that she kept her grades up so she could go to college. Her college experience led her to pursue a career in education as well. Having basketball be a means and not an end is something the couple has modeled and reinforced with Pierre II.

“We have instilled in our son that the basketball will stop bouncing at some point,” said Pierre, reflecting on his own journey from playing to now being a coach and teacher. “Pierre can use it (basketball) as a means to gain his education and build life-long relationships.”

Game Emulates LeBron and Kobe 

Pierre II’s interest in the game started at an early age. He first started playing when he was five years old and began to take it seriously when he was nine. Pierre II has grown up idolizing National Basketball Association stars LeBron James and the late Kobe Bryant. His game seems to reflect those NBA legends, given Pierre II’s ability as a scorer, rebounder, and overall playmaker.

His basketball talents have him in position to be recognized as the state of Michigan’s next Mr. Basketball, an announcement that is forthcoming. Even with all his obvious on-court talent, his parents message on preparing for life after basketball has been as paramount, a facet supported by his attending Douglass, the only all-male, college preparatory, tuition free school in the state of Michigan.

Douglass Making a Difference 

“Pierre II and his teammates benefit from attending Douglass because our young men are able to focus in a disciplined environment that allows them to flourish, where academic achievement and skills development take precedence,” said Pierre. “We pride ourselves on being recognized with academic honors in the state of Michigan.”

Interested in having your son be the beneficiary of Douglass educational experience? Then plan to attend an upcoming online open house on April 29 at 4:30 p.m. You can register by visiting https://www.detroitk12.org/Page/15165. We are saving a space for you!