• June

    C-SPAN visits University Liggett School, students recognized for award-winning film

    Three University Liggett School sophomores were honored by C-SPAN for their documentary “Rails of the Republic” at a ceremony at the school in May.
    Camron Herbert, Carsten Higbie and Giorgio Malkoun received an honorable mention for their documentary film about the post-Civil War rail system in America. As an honorable mention, “Rails of the Republic” was among the top 150 films in C-SPAN’s StudentCam documentary competition. The students received certificates of merit and $250 each in prize money from the cable channel. Local train and history aficionado, Grosse Pointe Woods Mayor Pro Tem Arthur Bryant, was also on hand to present certificates from the City. The students also received certificates of recognition from the offices of U.S. senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters.
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  • Student Commission Earns National Recognition

    For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, the University Liggett School student council has been recognized as a 2019 National Gold Council of Excellence by the National Councils of Excellence (NatStuCo). “It’s a great honor for our student commission to receive the National Gold Council of Excellence Award this year,” said Student Commission President Billy Kopicki.
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  • May

    Catholic High School League Baseball Championship Game at Comerica Park, May 24

    The University Liggett School varsity boys’ baseball team will compete in the C-D Division Catholic High School League Baseball Championship game at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 24 at Comerica Park. As the visitors, the Knights will be in dugout along the first base line. Tickets for the game are $6 per person and can be purchased at Comerica Park beginning at 9:15 a.m. Friday. Spectators are required to enter the ballpark through Gate A at Witherall and Columbia by “Big Bats.” All spectators must have a ticket for entry into the game. Parking lots 1 and 2 will be open for spectator parking. Major League Baseball rules regarding purses, backpacks and other bags will be in effect for the CHSLBC. GO KNIGHTS!

    Please click here for a map of Comerica Park parking options.
    Please click here to see MLB bag size restrictions.
    Please click here for additional CHSLBC game information.
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  • University Liggett School honors longtime parent volunteer

    University Liggett School alumna and parent DeAnn Lukas ’85 was recognized with the Shelli Elmer Parent Volunteer Award during the school’s Volunteer Recognition Breakfast on Wednesday, May 22. The award was presented as a surprise to Lukas who has been a longtime and committed volunteer at the school.
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  • Students win Best of Show at 51st Annual Michigan Student Film Festival

    University Liggett School students, Camron Herbert, Carsten Higbie and Giorgio Malkoun won the Best of Show award at the 51st annual Michigan Student Film Festival. The trio was recognized during a ceremony in the historic Detroit Film Theater at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The sophomores studied the Civil War and reconstruction in U.S. history class with Brad Homuth.
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  • Alumni celebrate at Alumni Weekend 2019

    More than 200 alumni returned to campus on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, for two days of activities and events during Alumni Weekend 2019
    A highlight of the weekend was the recognition of our 2019 Distinguished Alumni John Evans '62 GPUS. Evans spoke to our Upper School students on Friday at community time and to fellow alumni our Alumni Weekend Lunch and Learn. Lunch and Learn attendees were delighted to hear about John's life and career. 
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  • Three-Day Celebration of Research will showcase seniors’ Academic Research Projects, May 28-30

    University Liggett School will celebrate the passions and discoveries of its seniors, who will present their Academic Research Projects to the public, during the Celebration of Research, May 28 - 30.

    The Academic Research Project is the cornerstone of a University Liggett School education and the culmination of nearly two years of research on a chosen topic. The three-day event will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, May 28; Wednesday, May 29; and Thursday, May 30. The event is open to the public and will span the school.
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  • University Liggett School presents expert panel: “Coping Strategies for Youth Stress & Anxiety“ on May 23

    As part of its Community Wellness Series, University Liggett school welcomes parents of all children to attend “Coping Strategies for Youth Stress and Anxiety,” from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 23 in the school auditorium. 

    This panel discussion will help parents understand not only how to help the stressed or anxious child cope with these feelings, but also how they as parents can model positive coping strategies. Child and family psychologists Dr. Marquita Bedway and Dr. Kara Brooklier, alongside University Liggett School School Psychologist Michelle Ondersma, will lead the discussion, which will include open dialogue for attendees with questions.
    Research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders are at a higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse.
    Pre-registration is requested at
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  • April

    University Liggett School to celebrate Alumni Weekend, May 17-18

    C-SPAN co-founder, business executive and philanthropist John D. Evans ’62 GPUS will be honored with the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award as part of the school’s Alumni Weekend festivities, which will be held on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18.

    Evans, a pioneer in the cable television industry, not only built the first cable television system in the Washington, D.C. area (Arlington, VA), but also brought the nation’s day-to-day Congressional legislative work into American homes through the launch of C-SPAN in March 1979.
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  • Jordan Rossen '03 named as Ring and Founders Day speaker

    We are excited to announce that Jordan Rossen '03 will be our 2019 Ring and Founders Day speaker on Friday, May 10. Jordan is a writer and also teaches World Literature and American Literature at Cranbrook. Jordan's short stories have been published in several nationally distributed literary journals and he is currently working on a collection of stories and a novel.

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  • University Liggett School launches new summer camps

    Summer Programs begin June 24th

    University Liggett School has launched four new summer camps – focusing on math, STEM, robotics and building self-esteem – for students in grades two through nine.
    New this year are: Math In Action!, Robotics: Competition FLL Team Summer Camp, STEM© Camp, Courtesy of The Flint Ignites Program and Kids Empowered: Fun with Harry Potter®.

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  • University Liggett School to honor artist Josh Moulton ‘96

    University Liggett School will honor professional artist Josh Moulton ’96 in May as the school’s 2019 Arts Hall of Fame recipient.
    “I’m honored and excited to come back to University Liggett School for the Arts Hall of Fame,” Moulton said. “It was clear from day one that I wasgoing to be an artist and I never lost sight of that goal. My teachers at University Liggett School helped me to attain my goal, along with my parents, Amy Trevor Moulton and Conrad Moulton, whoworked so hard to send me there.”
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  • University Liggett School will host an Estate Planning Seminar on May 17

    University Liggett School is hosting an estate planning seminar on Friday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Tarik Ibrahim Commons. This seminar is free and open to the public.

    Jon Colman '01 and Don Rosenberg from Barron, Rosenberg, Mayoras & Mayoras will provide an overview of basic estate planning during this hour-long seminar. Also covered in the seminar will be:
    • Reasons to consider updating your will and trust
    • Explanation of legacy and charitable gifts.
    Registration is requested by May 14 at
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  • University Liggett School hosts 'Vaping: What You Need to Know' on April 29

    Although it’s been around for more than a decade, vaping’s popularity exploded in 2017, taking many by surprise. The scientific and medical community has raised serious concerns over the risks of vaping, especially for teens and young adults. 

    Please join us, as we host “Vaping: What You Need to Know," a conversation led by Dr. Sean Cassleman, DO, on Monday, April 29th from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the University Liggett School auditorium. 

    You will gain an understanding of what vaping is, how to look for signs of experimentation by your child and what to say when talking with him or her about vaping. 

    Pre-registration is requested at
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  • Join us for our April 26 Lunch and Learn

    Biz Renick Bracher, Phd., (ULS class of 1987), Director of Courage to Know Seminar Program, Boston College: Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences, will be here on Friday, April 26 to offer advice to parents so that they can encourage their children to become confident, independent thinkers as they grow into adulthood. 

    Biz will stress the importance of stepping back and letting your children start making their own decisions starting as early as lower and middle school! This will be a very informative discussion for upper and middle school parents especially, but everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.  

    Register to attend
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  • University Liggett School Spring Raffle Grand Prize is a 2019 Jeep Wrangler

    University Liggett School kicked off its annual Spring Raffle at the beginning of April, with prizes that include a two-year-lease on a 2019 Jeep Wrangler Sport Unlimited four-door courtesy of Ray Laethem Motor Village.
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  • March

    University Liggett School student Victoria Ortiz ’20 earns spot with national orchestra

    Junior Victoria Oritz will represent University Liggett School and perform with a national orchestra at a prestigious music festival in Indianapolis this winter. Ortiz will play violin with the National Honors Orchestra of America at the Music For All National Festival March 13-16 in Indianapolis, IN.
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  • February

    Join us for The Second-Goal Parent Workshop

    On Friday, March 1 at 6 p.m., University Liggett School and the Positive Coaching Alliance are teaming up to host The Second-Goal Parent: Developing Winners in Life through Sports workshop in the Tarik Commons.
    The Second-Goal Parent
    Date: Friday, March 1
    Time: 6 p.m., for drinks and appetizers
    Location: University Liggett School Tarik Commons
    The workshop focuses on teaching parents how to incorporate life lessons into the lives of their student-athletes, while letting coaches and student-athletes focus on competing. This workshop will provide tips and tools parents can use to help their children get the most from youth and high school sports.

    Register to attend today. 
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  • University Liggett School graduate to be featured on hit CBS TV show

    University Liggett School graduate Antonio Cipriano ’18 will star in an upcoming episode of the CBS hit “God Friended Me.”  In the episode, titled “Trouble with the Curve,” Cipriano plays Derek a star pitcher for a high school baseball team. He is deciding whether to pursue the minor leagues or go to college after high school. For his audition video for the show, Cipriano, who loves baseball almost as much as singing and acting, filmed himself pitching at the Boll Campus Center with Mickey Walkowiak ’19 as his catcher.

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  • University Liggett School Players present Guys and Dolls

    The University Liggett School Players will present four performances of the Broadway-classic, hit musical Guys and Dolls. Never before presented by University Liggett School, Guys and Dolls stars seniors Quinn Nehr as Sky Masterson, Geoffrey Elmer as Nathan Detroit, Mary Weiermiller as Miss Adelaide and sophomore Christina Jarad as Sarah Brown.

    Performances are 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, 8 p.m. March 1, 7:30 p.m. March 2 and 2 p.m. March 3. The Sunday matinee performance will feature the rose ceremony – honoring seniors – before the performance begins.

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  • University Liggett School students connect with the school’s first African American graduate as part of Black History Month studies

    Fifty-three years ago a tall, lanky teenager from Detroit made history by being the first African American student to attend and then later graduate from Grosse Pointe University School (GPUS).

    On Monday, Feb. 4, Upper School students at University Liggett School had a chance to hear from this groundbreaking alumnus – who is now a pastor living and working in Alabama – as part of the school’s Black History Month studies.

    The Rev. Meredith Bernard Jackson ’69 GPUS didn’t intend to be a groundbreaker when he decided to attend Grosse Pointe University School in 1966.
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  • University Liggett School to host Coach Academy for metro Detroit youth sports coaches

    University Liggett School will host Coach Academy for metro Detroit youth sports coaches on March 2. The free seminar is presented in partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA).  The goal of Coach Academy is to help youth sports volunteers gain a better understanding of best practices in coaching strategies and tactics to provide athletes with a positive and engaging athletic experience.
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  • University Liggett School partners with the PEERS Foundation to prevent teen distracted driving

    University Liggett School is teaming up with a Michigan non-profit, to teach teens about the dangers of distracted driving. The PEERS Foundation will bring the Augmented Reality Distracted Driving Educational Simulator (ARDDES) to University Liggett School on February 20th.
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  • University Liggett School student honored by the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce

    University Liggett School senior Spencer Lukas was honored by the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce at the Pointer of Distinction awards ceremony in January. Lukas was honored with the Youth Achievement Award and a $1,000 scholarship. Elizabeth Jamett, director of college guidance at University Liggett School, nominated him.
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  • University Liggett School students honored by local DAR chapter

    The Daughters of the American Revolution recognized two University Liggett School students at the Louisa St. Clair Chapter’s Youth and Education Awards. Senior Kat Tolin received the chapter's DAR good citizen award. Junior Margaret Hartigan (not pictured) received the chapter's DAR Christopher Columbus essay contest. As the chapter's Outstanding Teacher of American History, Upper School History Teacher Chris Hemler spoke about history education at the ceremony.
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  • January

    Max Stossel visits University Liggett School

    To breathe, to feel anxious, to experience boredom, to let your mind wander, to have a conversation at the dinner table, to be at peace with yourself, ultimately to find balance with technology and not feel the need to reach for an electronic device hundreds of times a day – that was the message Max Stossel, Head of Education for the Center for Humane Technology brought to the University Liggett Community during a two-day visit at the school.
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  • John D. Evans ’62 GPUS named University Liggett School’s 2019 Distinguished Alumnus!

    C-SPAN co-founder, business executive and philanthropist John D. Evans ’62 GPUS will be honored as University Liggett School’s 2019 Distinguished Alumnus. Each year, University Liggett School selects one outstanding graduate to receive this award as part of the school’s Alumni Weekend festivities, which will be held on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18.

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  • Latin American class will present historical projects at the Ewald Branch of the Grosse Pointe Public Library System

    University Liggett School's Latin American class will present original works based on students' understanding of the historical fiction novel “Malinche” during a special event from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24. The event will be held at the Ewald Branch of the Grosse Pointe Public Library System.

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  • Students take on the role of historians for World War I exhibit

    A semester of independent research on World War I will come to life on Thursday, Jan. 24, when students in Liggett’s 11th- and 12th-grade World War I class will host a public exhibition to demonstrate their understanding of the war.

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University Liggett School, a top Metro Detroit private, independent school, is located at 1045 Cook Road Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236 313-884-4444