The class picture above shows Sr. Peter Adele's split 5th and 6th grade class during the 1964-65 school year at Detroit St. David Elementary school. Built in the 1920s, St. David (the Aviators), located on East Outer Drive in Detroit, had both an elementary and high school.
Detroit area attorney Tom Calcatera, currently managing partner at my place of employment, the law firm of Bernstein & Bernstein (not Sam), attended St. David's grade school and then its high school, until the high school closed at the end of the 1970-71 school year. He went on to Bishop Gallagher High School for his Senior year. A rather interesting historical note: though St. David was a parish high school and the grade school was always coed, for many years the high school was girls-only. Tom's mother graduated from St. David during this time.
By the way, Tom is the young man standing at the extreme right of the third row, nattily decked out in what we used to call back in the day, "flood pants" and "white walls". At least he was not required to wear one of those idiotic Continental ties which was part of the boy's uniform at Our Lady of Loretto grade school in Redford during the same era. I guess there are some advantages to growing up on the East Side.
Tom found this gem, along with Senior memory books from his brothers' graduating classes in 1967 abd 1968 while packing up for a house move. I'll feature some pages from those books in some future posts.
I imagine much of the history of Detroit's Catholic schools is packed away in boxes in basements and attics throughout the Metro area. It is the mission of our group to find and preserve that history.
A picture of St. David is shown below. The grade school continued for many years after the high school closed, but it is now closed as well. Time and events have not been kind to the buildings and soon I will post some pictures from the DetroitUrbex site showing the present conditions.