With both Pioneer High School and Huron High School hosting around 2500 students, the Ann Arbor Public Schools have been attempting to build a third comprehensive high school to serve some of that population for almost 30 years. A ballot proposal to fund the high school passed in 2004. The school board selected a parcel already owned by the district at M-14 and Maple Road for construction, at 2552 North Maple Road.
This caused significant controversy, with many feeling the board was ignoring a perfect opportunity to put the school in the southwest, where the main growth in student population is and where the majority of economically disadvantaged students are. Redistricting of the high schools also caused controversy, as residents of the Clague school district were split between Huron and the new school.
Construction has been delayed and over budget. The school, originally slated to open in 2007, will now open in 2008. Former Superintendent George Fornero resigned shortly after the delay was announced.
In 2006-2007, the district enlisted students and community to name the new high school. Skyline High School is the newly selected name. The school will open in September, 2008 with 9th graders only, adding one class each year over four years. Initial staff, including all teachers and the Principal, Salura Jackson, have already been selected.
When it is fully running, Skyline will house four magnet programs as well as the comprehensive high school program.
Predictions are that, once Skyline is fully operational, each of the three comprehensive high schools in Ann Arbor will have 1600 students.