Black excellence is yet again on display at Detroit’s Loyola High School. Last month the Catholic school for boys announced that for the ninth straight year, 100 percent of its graduating class was accepted into college.
The news was delivered during an ESPN-style event that the school adopted four years ago. For 2019, officials invited former NBA All-Star, Derrick Coleman, to join in on the festivities and give a motivational speech to the 30 college-bound seniors.
According to the school, the men have collectively received more than $1 million in scholarships and were accepted to more than 100 colleges and universities. Among them are Alabama A&M, Wayne State University and Michigan State University. The 2019 class joins more than 600 graduates from the high school whose teachings are informed by the Jesuit tradition.
“If we invest in what’s good for the city and what’s good for our young people, our schools will produce students ready for the next challenge in their professional lives,” President, Father Mark Luedtke, S.J. said in a statement announcing the graduating class’ college acceptance rate. “Every one of these young men has the potential to be a future leader in Detroit, and they have prepared themselves while at Loyola High School.”