Slideshow: See the sorry state of Osborn High School in Detroit

This is Osborn High School on Detroit’s east side. It is 61 years old and needs $28 million in repairs. (courtesy photo)

Students say the school is in such sorry shape they feel like no one cares about them. (Bridge photo by Anthony Lanzilote)

Osborn needs more repairs than of the 102 other buildings in Detroit’s public school district. Flooring is cracked. The school is missing ceiling tiles and the heating system is unreliable. (Bridge photo by Anthony Lanzilote)

Students work out at a nearby recreation center because Osborn’s weight room sustained water damage last year. (Bridge photo by Anthony Lanzilote)

Mercedes Boulding, the school district's senior director for facilities, points out window leaks. (Bridge photo by Anthony Lanzilote)

Pipe insulation at Osborn is decrepit, and students say the school is often too cold. (Bridge photo by Anthony Lanzilote)

Seats in the auditorium at Osborn High School. (Bridge photo by Anthony Lanzilote)

Pashawn Johnson is principal at Osborn High, which needs $14 million in fixes that are expected to reach $39 million by 2023. Old, drafty windows near the auditorium are covered in condensation every winter. (Bridge photo by Anthony Lanzilote)

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Paul Martinsky
Tue, 02/26/2019 - 9:38am

Osborn is not 90 years old, as stated under photo. It opened in the mid or late 1950s, about sixty- some years ago.

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 10:13am

As with many, if not most, urban public schools, policymakers tsk, tsk, shake their heads and say that schools of choice and for profit charter schools are the answer. The way that they (granted, not all politicians) approach a solution has been to bury their heads and wait until their terms expire. If I seem pessimistic, I am. Sorry public school kids, the smartest folks in the room don't really care all that much.

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 12:04pm

Osborn opened in 1957. It was one of the newer schools in the Detroit system when I attended nearby Pershing in the 70's.

Arlene Morton
Tue, 02/26/2019 - 1:51pm

I was a student at a newly opened Osborn High School in 1956 so it is not 90 years old yet. More like 63 years. But it is sad to see a place where I have such good memories falling apart.

Res ipsa loquitur
Tue, 02/26/2019 - 5:40pm

My high school sweetheart and I graduated from Osborn in the 70s. She earned a PhD from Wayne State University and became a college professor. I went to the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor on my way to earning two law degrees and a MBA. We and many Osborn alumni from that era became high achievers. It is sad and disgusting to see what has become of Osborn and the Detroit Public Schools. Avarice and chicanery on the part of politicians and their hacks in Lansing and Detroit are chiefly responsible for the precipitous decline of a once great high school and school system.

Jackie peters
Wed, 02/27/2019 - 3:38pm

The school is not 90 years old. I went there in 1960 and was in the first June graduation class. It is one of the newest schools in the city of Detroit. It takes constant work along with caring students and faculty, and yes, money to maintain any building. Our Michigan legislature has continually supported charter and for-profit schools rather than our public schools. It is a shame and these legislators should be removed and replaced with people who care about public education - for the good of all of us.

Ida Byrd-Hill
Tue, 03/26/2019 - 10:20am

There are only 500 students in Osborn. Close it and merge students into Pershing.

Sat, 06/27/2020 - 2:47am

Just write the check. We're not going to be hearing about how there's no money. There's plenty of money for the white schools, now it's our turn. Our country always seems to have enough money for what it WANTS to build, so let's not get stupid now. We're all adults here and we're on a new path a new, great leader. Plenty of money to go around.... The Coronavirus showed up and 3 weeks later the government is writing the country checks to the tune of a trillion bucks, so obviously there's money laying around when it's necessary. So do whatever you gotta do, add 8 zeros to the DPS building fund and we're good to go.... Don't get stupid right when we're about to make some headway. That simply will NOT be allowed.