Kettering High School, once home to the Pioneers in Detroit Michigan was named after Charles Kettering the famous American inventor, and head of research at General Motors. The High School was built in 1964 and in 2010 the school was planning to consolidate with another but that effort failed due to gang tensions between the schools. The doors finally closed in 2012 although our Motown crew found a couple doors still open.
A long time a major population center and site of worldwide automobile manufacturing, Detroit has suffered a long economic decline produced by numerous factors. Like many industrial American cities, Detroit reached its population peak in the 1950 census. The peak population was 1.8 million people. Following suburbanization, industrial restructuring, and loss of jobs in the automotive industry and it’s suppliers, by the 2010 census, the city had less than 40 percent of that number, with just over 700,000 residents. The city has declined in population in each census since 1950.
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