Project Description

Frederick Douglass High School Academy was originally William Knudsen Junior High School and was built in 1962. Knudsen Junior High School was located on Detroit’s near east side at 2600 Leland Street, at the corner of Chene Street.  The school is a modern design with all hallways and classrooms being square or rectangle in shape.  The school is also one story throughout the front and a small, two-story section in the back. Knudsen Junior High School became Frederick Douglass High School Academy around 1995 when the school became an all male academy.  Former students and alumni of Knudsen Junior High School were known as the “Knudsen Cranes,” as their school mascot was a crane (bird).   Former students and alumni of Frederick Douglass High School Academy were known as the “Douglass Hurricanes,” as their school mascot was a hurricane.  Famous Detroiter and Light-Heavyweight Champion of the world, Thomas”Hitman” Hearns is a former student and alumni of Knudsen Junior High School.

Frederick Douglass High School Academy closed in 2007.

Frederick Douglass High School Academy was another property of the troubled Detroit Public School system.  Detroit Public Schools did secure the school with VPS metal sheets that covered the doors and windows to try and prevent anyone from gaining entry.  By 2009, the schools VPS began to disappear and the former school was left wide-open by 2010.  It has become a huge eye-sore and it is serious need of demolition.  With Detroit Public Schools millions of dollars in deficit, it may be a while before the school receives any attention.

 

Frederick Douglass High School in 2009:

 

Frederick Douglass High School in 2010:

 

Frederick Douglass High School in 2011: