Imagine a school wholeheartedly dedicated to creating a learning experience around the unique needs and passions of each student. That’s Greenhills. In intensely smart classes, our teachers push students to know the depth of what they’re truly capable of — from Jazz and 2D Design to Conceptual Physics.
On March 12, 2020, Eileen Noble, head coach of the joint Greenhills/Father Gabriel Richard/Whitmore Lake swim team, picked up a rental car and headed towards Greenhills to pick up her swimmers. For the first time, some of her athletes had qualified for the state swim meet and the team was sending participants in two individual events and a relay. The meet was more than two hours away in Holland, so Noble planned to drive her team there the day before to allow them to settle in, and hopefully find time for a workout.
Hesitant to leave his Clague Middle School buddies, Emmanuel Bamfo ’07 entered Greenhills as a freshman in the fall of 2003. “My excitement about Greenhills grew over time,” he said.“I give my parents, George and Francesca, a lot of credit for encouraging me with that decision — they rock. Still, high school was a complicated time for me. My sister Rose Bamfo ’09 was a straight A student at Greenhills. I was not. I was more interested in playing basketball and other extracurriculars than doing my homework. I didn't see how homework would help me reach my high school dream of building a network of hospitals around the world. I was more excited working after school at Dr. Jamerson's lab or Dr. Mahoney's violin shop pitching them to fund me launching my own lab and other projects.” Bamfo discovered that Greenhills’ positive impact was more than academic and extended beyond the classroom. He left Greenhills and went to Washington University, in St. Louis, where he landed an Enterprise Rent-A-Car scholarship to study bioengineering. He considered dropping out to build a social network instead.
By James Schapiro, Greenhills School Staff Writer Janelle Sterling started her first season at Greenhills coaching a Girls Basketball team that was young and unproven — in the middle of a pandemic. So for a few reasons, she had no idea what to expect. “I’m not sure I expected to have a season,” Sterling said. “I thought with the way that COVID was going, I really expected us to be called off at some point without making it to the end.” Fortunately, despite some bumps, the team weathered the pandemic. The girls’ team ended play last week, and over the course of their schedule, underwent a full season’s worth of team-building, growth and development, and hard-fought basketball. The team finished a game below .500 at 5-6, but there was a hint of bad luck: the Gryphons didn’t win any of their closest games, but lost two separate contests by a single point. The season also included a blowout 54-10 win in the first round of the district tournament, before a loss in the semifinal. For a young, unproven team, Sterling said, the entire season was a learning experience.
By James Schapiro, Greenhills School Staff Writer During the 2019-20 season, Clint Robert, head coach of the Greenhills/Father Gabriel Richard Ice Hockey team, noticed that his team had a problem: it couldn’t stop losing in overtime.
On March 19, Greenhills' Assistant Athletic Director Lisa Hogan was named the 2021 Regional Athletic Director of the Year for Region 13 by the Michigan Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (MIAAA) and Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA). Each year, the MIAAA selects 14 regional directors to honor with this award in recognition of their dedicated service, leadership, and special contributions to their local and regional interscholastic athletic administration levels.
And we do our very best to draw it out daily. On average, any two people have 99.9% identical DNA. That means what makes you you is what comes from that remaining 0.1%. At Greenhills, we've crafted our entire 6th- through 12th-grade experience (and our approach to teaching) to unleash the full power of that 0.1%. So you can go out into the world — uniquely and confidently you. A one-of-a-kind work of art with the ability to do anything you set your very distinctive brain to.