DEARBORN – This year, Dearborn’s three public high school have a 95 percent graduation rate, an all-time high, with 86 percent of the 1,500 graduates going on to college.
Graduating students from Fordson High, Edsel Ford High and Dearborn High together received $16.3 million in scholarships.
Dearborn Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Glenn Maleyko told The Arab American News that many of the students are going into Ivy League schools like Harvard and Yale.
“We’re very proud,” Maleyko said. “We got the ceremonies starting up, three main high schools, very proud of our graduates.
“This is a busy time of year and there’s this energy and excitement with the students and and their families as we have a high percentage of graduates going to college and other areas like the police academy and other type of trades,” he added.
A number of students will also be staying relatively close to home as well, attending the University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Michigan State University and Henry Ford College.
“We value our partnerships with some of these schools,” Maleyko said.
Fordson High School’s graduation ceremony took place on Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m., while Edsel Ford’s ceremony occurred on Friday, June 7, at 6 p.m., and Dearborn High’s was on Saturday, June 8, at 6 p.m.
Fordson High had 598 graduates, one of whom was accepted at Brown; one at Dartmouth; three at Harvard; one at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania; one at Princeton, and one at Stanford.
One of Dearborn High School’s 520 graduates was accepted at Yale University.
Many of Edsel Ford High School’s 359 graduates will be attending Henry Ford College, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
“These great numbers are a reflection of the hard work of the community and parents in Dearborn who have high respect for education,” Maleyko said. “It takes a special kind of commitment to reach these levels of success and this helps the economy, helps Dearborn and the country, as these are our future leaders.”
Maleyko said he interacts with these students a lot through social media and elsewhere.
“I am indeed very proud of their accomplishments,” he said.