Novi High School

Novi High School (commonly Novi or NHS) is a public secondary school in Novi, Michigan, United States in Greater Detroit, serving students in grades 912. It is operated by Novi Community School District and was awarded Blue Ribbon School status in 1986-87 and 1999-00. Novi High School currently enrolls 2,020 students and has a 200 strong faculty.

Novi High School
Novi High School
Novi High School
24062 Taft Road


Coordinates42°27′50″N 83°29′24″W
School typePublic high school
MottoA Commitment to Excellence
School districtNovi Community School District
PrincipalNicole Carter
Enrollment2,006 (2016-17)[1]
Student to teacher ratio19.1 (2014-15)
Campus size500,000 sq. ft.
Campus typeSuburb
Color(s)Green and white          
MascotWildcats mascot image =

In addition to its primary purpose, Novi High School also houses adult education and various community recreational events, such as open swim in the swimming pool and basketball games in the gym and fieldhouse.


Novi High School was first opened in 1968 and graduated its first class in 1969. Prior to 1968, high school students from the Novi district attended Northville schools. The high school started out in a rural community that saw a tremendous amount of growth between the late 1960s to the early 2000s, and subsequently, the growth of the school. The massive influx of students from the 1980s to today led to several renovations and expansions of the high school.

The first high school was located in the current Novi Meadows school at Taft and 11 Mile Roads which was built in 1964. This building was known as Novi Junior High School from 1964 until 1968 and opened to students in the fall of 1968. Explosive growth began in Novi during the 1970s and the district quickly outgrew the old high school, forcing the district to build the current high school which opened in the Fall of 1977. The current school was built on a portion of the Fuerst family farm.

The first renovation of the high school occurred from 1993 to 1996, boosting the building capacity by 40% and adding a telecommunications system, science labs, and a fine arts complex, effectively transitioning the school to a modern education institution.

In 2001 a $75.6-million bond proposal passed for a second high school. A $37-million expansion and renovation that followed included an expansion of the cafeteria; a renovation of the auditorium with a new sound system, new seating, and new carpeting; and a new fine arts wing with a choir room, a black box theater, and a dance studio.[2]

These renovations took three years and added a new wing of classrooms and many other facilities.


Novi offers 15 Advanced Placement courses as well as numerous International Baccalaureate courses, and also the IB Diploma if desired. The school also offers many vocational courses including the option to take some afternoon classes at the nearby Oakland Technical Center. In addition, the school offers a Computer-Aided Design Tech Prep program which qualifies its participants for seven college credits at Oakland Community College.


  • Novi High School is ranked as the third best High School in the state of Michigan on K12 niche.
  • Novi High School is recognized as a "silver medal public magnet school" according to US news.


Novi High School teams currently compete in Division I, the division designated for the largest schools. Founded in 1963, Novi became a member of the Southeastern Conference in 1971. In 1982, Novi joined the Kensington Valley Conference. Since 2008, Novi has participated in the newly formed Kensington Lakes Activities Association, a merger of the current KVC and Western Lakes Activities Association along with some other schools, in the majority of interscholastic sports and activities although some, notably the robotics, drumline, and quiz bowl teams, compete either independently or in other leagues.

Unlike most schools in the region, Novi fully funds the majority of varsity and junior varsity sports, but some, such as equestrian, skiing, and figure skating, and field hockey, require students to privately pay for uniforms, equipment, competition fees, coaches, and other aspects of their sport. The athletic department devotes the largest percentage of its funding to the football program which recently added a big screen monitor to the field.

Novi's Varsity Men's Soccer team won the MHSAA Division 1 State Championship in 1998. Novi's varsity girls' soccer team won three consecutive MHSAA championships between 2005 and 2007.

The boys' cross country team won the MHSAA championship in 1998 and 1999.

The gymnastics team combined with Northville High School to win state championships in 1998 and 2001.

The ice hockey team won the state championship in 2011 by beating Orchard Lake St. Mary 4-0 at Compuware arena.

The Varsity Pompon team has been the Class A State Champions in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2010 and 2011; Div. II State Champion for 1994; Varsity High Kick Champions in 1999, 2001, 2002 and 2010 and Senior High Kick Champions for the year of 2011. The pompon teams compete at the Mid American Pompon competitions.

Notable alumni


  1. "Novi High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  2. Higgins, Lori. "EXPANDING STUDENTS' HORIZONS AT NOVI HIGH." Detroit Free Press. March 8, 2006. News p. B3. Retrieved on October 28, 2013. "Renee Hadley has studied dance for 15 years, but it was only recently that she was able to take a dance class at Novi High School. The new dance studio there[...]"
  3. Steinberg, Stephanie. "Alum Gupta nominated for surgeon general post." The Michigan Daily. Wednesday January 14, 2009. p. 1A. Retrieved from Google News (1 of 16) on October 28, 2013. "[...]School in 1993. He also grew up in nearby Novi, Mich., and attended Novi High School."
  4. "CHANGE OF PLANS, -- MITCH MAIER ONCE DREAMED OF PLAYING COLLEGE FOOTBALL, BUT A SWITCH OF SPORTS IS WORKING OUT WELL FOR THE WRANGLERS' OUTFIELDER." Wichita Eagle. April 6, 2006. Sports p. 1C. Retrieved on October 28, 2013. "After graduating from Novi (Mich.) High in 2000, he was planning to attend Michigan as a preferred walk-on. "I was packed and ready to go," Maier said."
  5. "Olympic spotlight: Bobsledder Michelle (Mickie) Rzepka." Detroit Free Press. October 4, 2009. Sports p. C10. Retrieved on October 28, 2013. "A 2001 graduate of Novi High, Rzepka was a Big Ten indoor and outdoor[...]"
  6. "Michigan's Olympic Connections." (Archive) Associated Press at WILX-TV. February 12, 2010. Retrieved on October 28, 2013. "Samuelson graduated from Novi High School, and Bates from Ann Arbor Huron[...]"

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