Project Description

Elizabeth Courville Elementary School was built in 1921 and was located at 18040 St. Aubin Street on Detroit’s upper east side.  Courville School was named after Elizabeth Courville, who was a noted Detroit Public School Principal, that was tragically killed when she was hit by a car in 1916.  Detroit Public Schools decided to dedicate the new school that was being built at the corner of St. Aubin and Nevada Streets.  Former students and alumni of Courville Elementary School were known as the “Courville Eagles,” as their school mascot was an eagle.  Courville Elementary School closed in 2008.

Courville Elementary School was another Detroit Public School that ended up having problems staying secured.  Although Detroit Public Schools initially had metal VPS sheets covering every door and window on the school’s lower levels, it was again just a matter of time before metal thieves, vandals, and even the occasional curious youngster began to make their way into the abandoned school.  With Detroit Public Schools in a huge million dollar-plus deficit, Courville Elementary School seemed like it was an near impossible task to keep sealed up.

As of 2015, Courville Elementary School still sits abandoned.  The Detroit Public Schools police still keep a close eye on the school and will prosecute anyone that gets caught trespassing on the property.  There are no current plans for the abandoned school.