School Details

Pershing High School

18875 Ryan Rd, Detroit, MI 48234
(313) 866-7700

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 724 students 15 students/teacher (MI avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade




Michigan Merit Examination (MME)

In 2011-2012 Michigan used the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) to assess students in grade 11 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. The MME is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Michigan. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2011
  • Detroit Public Schools average
  • Michigan state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Pershing High School is a public high school in Detroit. The principal of Pershing High School is Dr. Gregory King, whose e-mail is 724 children attend Pershing High School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 86% of the 724 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Pershing High School is 15:1. Hamtramck High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 97% 88%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 0.9%
Asian 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3% %
Hawaiian 0.1% %
Multiracial 0.1% %
Hispanic 0.1% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 0.1% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86% 77%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Hello I am a former graduate of PHS 1996 and all I have to say is if you want you child to struggle through college then by all means send you child to this school if not PLEASE Dont send your child here!!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    The future of this school starts now! We are energized and ready to prepare your children for the future! The future of Detroit depends on the present situation in our classrooms!

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a former student from Pershing. I spent my ninth grade year there and I have to say it is not just the teachers fault. A lot of my teachers try to teach but the students are a constant bother and nuisance. Skipping class and not paying attention are the students' problems. The parent involvement is just down-right horrible. My dad works as the LSCO president and I see constantly that there is extremely low parent involvement for simple things like checking up on students or going to parent-teacher conferences. This is not to say that it's not also the teachers' fault. I've seen that some teachers even sleep in there class (with students still in and class sessions going on). Cell-phones being used in class is also a constant issue. I just wouldn't recommend this school to ANYONE no matter how wonderful it was in the 1970s. All in all it's the staff students' and parents fault. This is not a satisfactory school. =(

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a parent of a recent grad (07) Pershing is a playground for the kids with lack of qualified teachers and safety issues I wonder where my tax dollars are going. I recently moved out of the state to ensure that my remaining children get a better education then what's being offered in DPS.It was a better school when my siblings and I attended but I wouldn't recommend anyone to attend that school due to lack of leadership. I regret having my child attend that school.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think pershing is not doing a very good job at teaching these kids and with safety pershing need to do a 360 turn around real fast

  • (8 years ago)

    I am not a parent but a former student of Pershing Class Of 2006. Pershing is and will always be the best school in Detroit. The teachers don't just teach its more like a family they aren't just there because they get paid to be they are there to help and I personally thank the teachers for the tremendous amount of effort used to make sure that every student at john j Pershing high school gets the best education

  • (9 years ago)

    I am not a parent but a former long term substitute who was assigned at Pershing to teach English in the '03-'04 school year. I have found the staff here to be very seasoned and extremely knowledgeable and professional. The principal Ms. Sulura W. Jackson runs a very tight ship expecting the most out of her staff. Mr. Jones the Dean of Students makes sure the students are on the right track as far as behavior and prompt arrival to class. Every teacher I've worked with (Too many to mention individually) displayed a passion for what they do as far as the field of educating the kids of the East Side. 76 strong years of educational excellence and counting!

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