As the 2010/2011 co-ed policy debate season begins, the team at Groves High School in Birmingham prepares itself to continue a dynasty that is unmatched in Michigan high school history. The debate team at Groves is looking at the possibility of their sixth straight state championship in debate.
To say that the dynasty of Groves High School in Birmingham is unprecedented would be an understatement in itself. With their state championships in 2006, 2007, 2008, they matched the only other school in Michigan high school debate history to have three straight championships — Notre Dame High School from Harper Woods in the 1960s. No school in Michigan has ever had four straight wins (let alone five) except for Groves.
I spent four years competing in co-ed policy debate in the late 1980s and early 1990s. I also coached Detroit-area debate teams throughout the 1990s, and the early part of this decade. I have always thought that the competitors from Birmingham’s Groves High School were not only well-coached, but they were also very well-disciplined. These students have always deserved the recognitions that they earned.