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Seaholm: My Old High School — It’s Not Stuck in the Twentieth Century

A couple dozen of us took a tour of Birmingham High School, aka Seaholm High, during our reunion weekend in October.

It looks like quite of few additions have been made to the building. I thought the designers did quite a good job of being faithful to the Fifties architecture. And… I think the original design has held up beautifully. Does anyone know the name of the architect? I hear he also designed the First Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, which is also looking pretty good these days.

The only jarring element — those crazy block floor tiles. The building is attractive and lively enough without the hokey sprucing up.

Here are a bunch of pix I took. Enjoy.

(And thanks for your patience, all you non-Birmingham folks out there. I’ll be getting on with other topics soon . . . )

Meanwhile, read more about our class at “It’s Us!” 

 

Seaholm High School, Birmingham, Michigan

Seaholm High School, Birmingham, Michigan

On the right -- an addition to the front of the building.

On the right -- an addition to the front of the building.

 

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A tree now grows in front of what used to be the art room.

A tree now grows in front of what used to be the art room.

The old math wing is now used by a Japanese cultural school.

The old math wing is now used by a school for Japanese culture.

I like the new windowed hall, but not the hodge-podge tile on the floor.

I like the new windowed hall, but not the hodge-podge tile on the floor.

The little theater looked different. Did they do something to the walls?

The little theater looked different. Did they do something to the walls?

 

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The best part was being there with so many people I remember so fondly from BHS. Go Maples!

The best part was being there with so many people I remember so fondly from BHS. Go Maples! Photos by B.F. Newhall

 

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  1. Hi Barbara,
    I enjoyed your group email. Had fun looking at the old BHS pictures on your site, partially because my daughter and I showed up in one of your pictures (windowed hall), and my wife in another (Go Maples!). Thanks for the posts. I have a few pics from the same reunion on my Classmates page, one of which seems to have resurrected the BHS name–never will get used to “Seaholm.” Forever Birmingham!

    • Barbara Falconer Newhall says:

      Yes! Forever Birmingham! I dig in my heels when it comes to calling our school anything but Birmingham High.

  2. Deb Martens says:

    Thanks for posting the pictures. It is nice to see the buildings updated although essentially as when we were there.

  3. Diane Erwin says:

    Thanks for posting this Barb. By the way, who are all those old people in the pictures (ha, ha). Oldies, but goodies, I’d say. Thanks again.

    • That’s us! It’s nice to know that all the really cool people in the world are actually exactly as old as I am.

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