Back in 1927, the Detroit Holy Redeemer High School yearbook was called the Camanile, which was the name given to the parish's church tower, shown on the cover, and shown in this photo taken from the yearbook.
The entire yearbook has been scanned and can be found by clicking this link. There is also a photo album link in the left column of this site.
Holy Redeemer has been one of Detroit's major Catholic parishes from way back to the early years of the 20th Century. Family legend has it that my mother's parents, James Coffey and Nona Garvey, were married at a 5:30am weekday Mass in 1917, so they could both get on to their jobs on time. Later that year my grandfather went on to serve in the US Navy in World War I.
The yearbook has many of the classic art deco touches of books published in Roaring Twenties Detroit. Some can be seen in this picture of members of the Senior class:
A page of "candid", "aciton" shots show the 1926 football team that won the City and State Championships.
As sometimes happens, paging through these books, one finds an ancestor, a neighbor or a friend. In this book, I found several pictures on Harold Fern, who was my great uncle. Certainly wasn't expecting that.
I am always interested in looking at the ads in the back of old yearbooks. Donaldson and Meier were architects for many Cacholic churches and schools (as well as other commercial structures) built in early 20th Century Detroit.
Holy Redeemer parish high school is closed, but the building is now home to Detroit Cristo Rey High School, the only co-ed Catholic high school in the city of Detroit.
The 1987 movie, the Rosary Murders, starring Donald Sutherland, was set at Holy Redeemer, and Mr. Sutherland lived in the Redeemer Convent during the filiming.