Truman High School

It took two years in the planning stages and one and a half years of actual construction before Truman Junior-Senior High School opened. It is situated on 40 acres of land. The structure encompasses five and a half acres and cost $6.1 million. It was designed by Joseph St. Cyr of Farmington. The halls were originally carpeted with a moss green carpet. The lockers had a color scheme of orange, brown and beige and blue, green, tan and yellow. The huge "classroom" called the Agora held 26 classrooms seperated by walnut storage cabinets. The backs of the cabinets held bulletin boards, screens, or chalk boards. Headsets were used when movies were shown. Approximately $1 million was spent on furnishings. The open concept classrooms have been replaced with walled in classrooms today and the carpeting has been removed. The English Circle is now strictly a cafeteria.

The gymnasium (which was unfinished at the time of the school opening) featured three full size basketball courts, an auxiliary gym. The pool, which was also incomplete at the time of the school opening, was an Olympic size and five feet six inches deep with a seperate 40 by 40 foot diving well which is 11 feet 6 inches deep. There were observation portholes under the water level.

When the school opened, there were 1600 high school students and 1300 junior high students.

Truman held dedication ceremonies in April of 1974.

Truman High was the site of a new program added to the curriculum of the downriver area. A first of its kind, it aids the physically handicapped by not only giving them occupational but also physical therapy. Truman was selected mainly because it is all on one level, making it easier for students in wheelchairs and on crutches. Truman continues to have the POHI program.

At Truman's inaugural home football game, only the third varsity game for the new school, the team beat Dearborn Fordson High School and snapped Fordson's 22-game winning streak.

Truman's first year football team (1973-74) shared the Great Lakes Eight crown with Dearborn Fordson.

The HST first year football team had two female student managers, and was believed to be the only team in Michigan with female managers.

Truman was the host for the first invitational debate tournament held in an open concept school. There were 421 in Truman's first graduating class, the Class of 1974.

Army Pfc. Holly McGeogh, Truman 2002, died January 31, 2004, when her vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device during convoy operations in Kirkuk, Iraq. She was assigned to Company A, 4th Forward Support Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. First Michigan female to die in the war.

Harry S. Truman High School officially closed June 18, 2018. It is being renamed Taylor High School with John F. Kennedy High merging with Truman starting September 4, 2018.CAMPO