Our town started with The Wyandot Native Americans settling here in 1732. The Village of Wyandotte was established in 1854 and it became a City in 1867. It was named after the Wyandot Indian Tribe who had settled here before us. The Wyandot Native Americans resettled in Kansas and Oklahoma where they still live today.
We are very proud of our Wyandotte Heritage. We have a totem pole at the corner of Eureka and Biddle that was given to us by the Chief of the Tribe in 1971. We also have our Wyandotte Marching Chief Band of students from Roosevelt High School. They proudly wore the Tribal patch on their shoulders in the Inaugural Parade of President Barrack Obama with the full endorsement on Live Radio of Chief Bearskin from the Oklahoma Tribe.
The City of Wyandotte has recreational sports named “Warriors Hockey, Braves Baseball and Indians Football" to commemorate our heritage.
Wyandotte is 5.3 square miles and the population according to the 2010 Census was 25,883 with 11,912 homes.
Wyandotte Public Schools’ first school house was called the “Old Brown School House” built in 1856. We now have 4 elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and 3 center programs, which provide services for special needs students from all over the Downriver area.
The Early Childhood Center
Grades K-5. Built in 1956. The Principal is Vicki Wilson
Grades K-5. Built in 1930. The Principal is Kristin McMaster.
Wilson Middle School
Grades 6-8. Built in 1956. The Principal is Carol Makuch and the Assistant Principal is Tony Jesue. They have a pool, and classes which include S.T.E.M., Science, Math and ELA. A variety of clubs, athletics, and music opportunities which includes the only strings department downriver.
Roosevelt High School
Grades 9-12. Built in 1923, with additions in 1962, 1975 and 2004. RHS has 2 gymnasiums, an indoor track & university weight room, an Olympic-sized pool, planetarium, library/media center, and an original auditorium from 1923. It has 3 floors, a Science & Math wing, a Music wing (vocal & instrumental), and a VocEd wing where auto, wood & metal shops are housed.
We recently purchased a lot across from RHS for our Horticulture students to plant a community garden. We also have a greenhouse. Our Music Department has marched with President Obama, Sang with the Pope, and even played with Kid Rock at Halftime. RHS has many clubs, sports, monthly newspaper, award winning Yearbooks, a Career Resource Center to help with scholarships and higher education, and the Trading Post which is a general store/gift shop run by the Marketing Class. We also just opened the “Hot Spot” which is a student-run coffee shop. The Planetarium was recently renovated and is a must see if you get a chance to go there. We have a new stadium, and the list goes on. Our Math Program was featured in Time Magazine. Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has visited RHS along with Rocker Mitch Ryder, and Miss Michigan a couple of years ago. The Principal is Thomas Kell and his Assistants are Tom DeSana (Athletic Director), Benjamin Reynolds, and Lawrence Crawford.
JoBrighton Work Skills Center
Built in 1955 (formerly Lincoln Jr. High School). This program services students ages 18 to 26 who are Moderately Impaired. JoB is known for their Bakery with it's walk up window open to the public. They also have a dining room used for lunch by reservation. Their Work Skills Program places students in employment positions throughout the Downriver area. The Program Administrator is Adrianne Kubicki.
Built in 1955 (formerly Lincoln Jr. High School). The program services students ages 3 to 26 who are Severely Multiply Impaired and they have Severe Cognitively Impaired Programs for their students. The Program Administrator is April Ritz.
The Lincoln Center
Built in 1956 (formerly Taft Elementary School). This program services students ages 3 to 26 who are Moderately Impaired, Dually Diagnosed, and/or Autistic. Providing community-based instruction, behavioral supports, transition services and social support services for students throughout the Downriver area. The Program Administrator is Lauren Feigel.