Colleen Murphy, Principal
History of Holbrook Elementary School
The Holbrook School was named after the Dewitt C. Holbrook family who lived on one of the nearby farms. Dewitt C. Holbrook studied law in Detroit and held a position of county clerk. He was a notable partner of a law firm from 1847 to 1878. Holbrook also served in the Blackhawk War and earned the rank of Major.
Holbrook School is the oldest school in Hamtramck. A plot of land was set aside by the Hamtramck Planning Commission on June 26, 1891. By 1896, a frame school house was in operation. In 1897 six classrooms were added to make room for the 350 pupils attending the school. This brick building was one of the finest in the area. During this period of time, Hamtramck was a township which covered all of Wayne County, east of Orleans and Woodward Avenues. It covered 22,733 acres of land.
In 1901, authorities from the state of Michigan recognized Hamtramck as a village with a population of 1,000. From 1901 to 1913, the attendance of Holbrook School steadily increased. In 1913 an addition extended the building from Alice Street to Grayling Street. A fire in the 1920's destroyed the buildings third floor; this floor was never replaced. The school was remodeled in 1929, and was the first school to experiment with the use of color in interior decorating.
The Holbrook building has changed little since being remodeled in 1929. Improvements in the buildings heating system and lighting have occurred, but for the most part, the building remains the same today as it did in 1929.
We believe in providing a safe, secure and nurturing environment to promote the academic, emotional and social development of all students. We will provide opportunities for all students to achieve success. We recognize and value the cultural diversity of all students.
Holbrook Elementary School provides an outstanding education for every child in a professional, caring and efficient atmosphere. The adults entrusted with education encourage continual academic achievement by regularly updating their skills and knowledge and by reviewing Holbrook's curriculum to maintain and improve on educational expectations.
Holbrook's parents and other community members contribute to the educational services provided to students. This includes a positive self-image, and respect for their cultural diversity to promote individual, academic and social success.
Staff, students and the community are proud of their school and demonstrate that pride by the effort and care taken in the improvement of the physical appearance of the school building and grounds.
Administrators, teachers, support staff, students and parents work cooperatively toward the achievement of Holbrook's mission.
Holbrook Elementary School (K-7)
Hamtramck, MI 48212