*Most Americans have fond memories of their high school years – fond memories that take us back to the innocent days of our youth. Friendships forged in grades nine through twelve are the ones which generally last forever.

Sadly, many Detroit area public high school buildings have recently fallen into disrepair. Some have closed, others have been re-named and even others have been demolished.

These changes have brought about protests and bitter tears to the eyes of many graduates. In response, a Detroit-based company called The School Shirt Shop has created T-Shirts that will help those memories live on forever.

They are embarking on a tour exhibit called “Signatures” a Collection of Autographs from Proud Alumni. The collection consists of celebrities and others who rose out of the Detroit Public School (DPS) system, and embraces the “In the Spirit of Detroit” (ITSOD) banner.

The traveling tour will begin in the spring of 2015 and will consist of more than 35 custom T-Shirt lines with photographic images of Detroit’s public high schools. These archived images are of buildings that are currently operating, permanently closed or have been razed to the ground. Each shirt will be enclosed in an individual acrylic box with an electronic tablet that will display historical facts about the school. Before the tour begins, alumni from all DPS high schools and all graduating class years, are invited to sign their names and the year they graduated, on their school’s shirt. The exhibit will travel the metro area’s museums, shopping malls and office complexes. The project is hoping to raise funds for the purchase and conversion of an old school building to be named the “Museum of High School Preservation.”

To help support the project, non-signature T-Shirts are being sold in general for individual proud alumni and for class reunions. Graduates (alums) wanting to take the trip down “Memory Lane” can click this link – – to purchase their school’s T-Shirt. This program is likely to bring a bright smile to the faces of the many transplanted Detroiters now living in other states all across the country.

Los Angeles, for instance, has long been a hub for Detroiters seeking new opportunities and a change in environment. Those planning to attend the annual L.A. Detroiters and Michiganians Picnic on July 19th ( can display their school’s shirt if an order is received before July 14th and requested EXPRESS DELIVERY. Shirts will arrive via U.S.P.S. on/or before July 18th.


To date The School Shirt Shop has collected more than 12,000 autographs from proud DPS alumni. Signatures date back to the class of Mackenzie High School 1932, Miller High School 1939, Eastern High School 1940 and Northeastern High School 1941. Though this event is for all graduates, some notable Detroiters have joined us in signing their names.

These include:

Carmen Harlan: Mumford graduate and long-time WDIV Local 4 News Anchor.

Fred Hammond: Mumford graduate and internationally known gospel singer.

Carl Levin: Central graduate former Detroit City Councilmember and United States Senator

Martha Reeves: Northeastern graduate and lead singer of Martha and the Vandellas

Carol Gist: Cass Tech graduate and first Black Miss USA (1990)

Craig Strong: Cass Tech graduate and Circuit Court Judge

Kwame Kilpatrick: Cass Tech graduate and former Mayor of Detroit

Greg Mathis: (ITSOD) star of the “Judge Greg Mathis” television show

George Clinton: (ITSOD) member of the Parliament Funkadelics

Tyree Guyton: (ITSOD) creator of the “Heidelberg Project” an urban art installation; and many, many more.

Also, due to repeated requests from non DPS graduates, The School Shirt Shop has added shirts for many Catholic and suburban high schools. The complete list of available schools is on their website:

For additional information please contact Michael Williams (313) 446-2262