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Arthur Hill High School

Arthur Hill High School
3115 Mackinaw Street
Saginaw, Michigan
Saginaw, 48602
United States
Type Public, Magnet
Established 1903
Status Active/Open
School district Saginaw Public School District
Superintendent Kelley A. Peatross, Ph.D. (Interim)
CEEB Code 233280
NCES School ID 263039006656[1]
Principal Nathaniel B. McClain
Asst. Principal Mark Frost
Athletic Director Fred Townsend
Teaching staff 46.20 (2012-13)[1]
Grades 9-12
Gender Co-ed
Number of students 1,012 (2012-13)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 21.90 (2012-13)[1]
Language English
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Blue
Athletics conference Saginaw Valley League, MHSAA
Mascot LumberJacks
Nickname Hillities
Rival Saginaw High School
Accreditation North Central Association
USNWR ranking Unranked[2]
Average ACT scores 21[3]
Feeder schools Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy (SASA), Willie E. Thompson Middle School, and Zilwaukee School
Class/Div Class A/Division 1

Arthur Hill High School is located at 3115 Mackinaw in Saginaw, Michigan. The student population is 1,012 students[1] as of the 2013-14 school year. Of the three high schools in the Saginaw Public School District, Arthur Hill's student population is the largest.


  • History 1
  • Academics 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Athletics 4
    • Arthur Hill High School Championships 4.1
  • Notable alumni 5
  • Notable staff alumni 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The school was name after a successful lumbering and shipping owner, Arthur Hill. He was President of the School Board for five years.[4]

Arthur Hill graduates Theodore Roethke, a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1954 for his book, The Waking.[5]


Arthur Hill High School is recognized by NCA (North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) as an accredited public high school.[6]


Arthur Hill High School Profile 2013/2014[1]

Grade Students
9 405
10 278
11 181
12 148
Ungraded 0
TOTAL 1,012
Male Female
50% 50%
Enrollment (% of total)
Total Minority 88%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0%
White 12%
Asian 0%
Black 71%
Hispanic 17%
Two or More Races 0%


Arthur Hill High School has won several state, regional, and district championships, primarily in boys' basketball and football. The most recent state boys' basketball championships were in 2006 and 1999.

Dick Rifenburg was a star athlete at Arthur Hill High School in football, basketball, and track and field. He led Arthur Hill to MHSAA Class A high school state championship in 1944. The Lumberjacks won the game against Kalamazoo Central High School and an undefeated season (19-0). He scored 24 points, including 17 in the second half. Dick was also the state champion shot put and high jump in 1944. He led Lumberjacks to their first State Track Championship. Rifenburg was named All State in football, basketball and track. In 2002, He was inducted into The Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame.[7]

NBA player Jason Richardson of the Philadelphia 76ers, winner of two NBA Slam Dunk titles, is an alumnus of Arthur Hill, as is former Drake University point guard Adam Emmenecker, who went from three-year walk-on to Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year in his final season in 2008 and current Oakland Athletics pitching coach Curt Young.

The 1973 Arthur Hill Lumberjack football team, coached by George Ihler, is still the only Class A high school football team in Michigan state high school history to complete a season untied, undefeated and unscored upon and outscoring its opponents 443–0. It was the first Class A football team to do so since 1933.[8]The Class C Charlevoix Red Rayders also completed a season untied, undefeated and unscored upon in 1958.[9]The scores were as follows:
Opponent PF PA
Midland Chemics 40 0
Highland Park Polar Bears 51 0
Midland H.H. Dow Chargers 55 0
Flint Northwestern Wildcats 46 0
Bay City Handy Wildcats 40 0
Pontiac Central Chiefs 66 0
Flint Northern Vikings 34 0
Bay City Central Wolves 47 0
Saginaw Trojans 64 0

The Lumberjacks officially won the state title in Class AA in 1991 by defeating the reigning champion, Detroit Catholic Central, by a score of 13–12. Coached by Jim Eurick, the Lumberjacks outlasted the Shamrocks, who went on to win the title again the next year (1992).

Opponent PF PA
Saginaw Heritage Hawks 21 7
Flint Central Indians 27 21
Flint Northwestern Wildcats 6 8
Bay City Western Warriors 31 18
Muskegon Big Reds 0 12
Bay City Central Wolves 26 20
Flint Northern Vikings 21 14
Midland H.H. Dow Chargers 16 6
Saginaw Trojans 16 0
Flint Central Indians 32 28
Traverse City Central Trojans 21 18
Adrian Maples 29 0
Detroit Catholic Central Shamrocks 13 12

Arthur Hill High School Championships


  • 1973 Class A State Champion[11]
  • 1991 Class AA State Champion
  • 1992 Class AA State Runner-up

Boys Basketball[12]

  • 1938 Class A State Runner-Up
  • 1944 Class A State Champion
  • 1946 Class A State Runner-Up
  • 1949 Class A State Runner-Up
  • 1952 Class A State Runner-Up
  • 1999 Class A State Runner-Up
  • 2006 Class A State Champion
  • 2010 Class A Regional Final
  • 2015 Class A State Runner-up

Boys Swimming and Diving[13]

  • 1945 Class A State Champion
  • 1946 Class A State Champion
  • 1949 Class A State Runner-up
  • 1950 Class A State Runner-up
  • 1951 Class A State Runner-up
  • 1954 Class A State Runner-up
  • 1955 Class A State Runner-up

Boys Track and Field[14]

  • 1944 Class A State Champion
  • 1946 Class A State Runner-up
  • 1948 Class A State Runner-up
  • 1949 Class A State Runner-up
  • 1951 Class A State Runner-up

Boys golf[15]

  • Class A State Champion

Girls Basketball[16]

  • 1998 Class A State Runner-Up
  • 2005 Class A State Semi-finalist
  • 2006 Class A State Semi-finalist
  • 2007 Class A State Semi-finalist
  • 2012 Class A State Regional Final

Notable alumni

Vernon Donald Class of 2003 - 4 Years Football, Basketball and baseball. Won 2012 and 2013 Wynn Poker classic in Las Vegas, NV

Notable staff alumni

  • George Ihler, football head coach of the undefeated and unscored upon 1973 football team.
  • Thomas J. Karac, assistant football coach of the undefeated and unscored upon 1973 football team, is the Senior Director of Stadium Operations for the MLB Baseball Team Tampa Bay Rays, the 2008 ALDS Champions and the 2008 ALCS Champions. He has been with the team since 1997.[20]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Arthur Hill High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw, MI | Best High Schools". US News. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Educational Outcomes". Niche. Retrieved March 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Biography of Arthur Hill". Michigan Epic. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ Fischer, Heinz-Dietrich (Jan 1, 1997). The Pulitzer Prize Archive. Walter de Gruyter. p. 139.  
  6. ^ "International Registry for Accreditation". AdvanED. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  7. ^ "DICK RIFENBURG". Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Column: Arthur Hill football team gathers to celebrate perfection of 1973 unscored-on, undefeated team". Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Charlevoix celebrates legendary '58 football team". Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Football Yearly Champions". MHSAA. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  11. ^ "ARTHUR HILL VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM 1973". Saginaw County Sports. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Boys Basketball Yearly Champions". MHSAA. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Boys Swimming and Diving Team Champions". MHSAA. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Boys Track and Field Team Champions". MHSAA. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Boys Golf Team Champions". MHSAA. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Girls Basketball Yearly Champions". MHSAA. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Adam Emmenecker Biography". 
  18. ^ "Brian Pruitt Bio - Official Athletic Site". 
  19. ^ "Player Roster: Clifton Ryan #95".  
  20. ^ "Front Office". Tampa Bay Rays. 

External links

  • Arthur Hill Home
  • North Central Home

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