Henry Ford Trade School was opened October twenty fifth, nineteen hundred sixteen, with six boys and one instructor. In 1931 the enrollment rose to 2800, with 135 instructors. The time for students was divided between the school shop and the classroom where customary high school subjects were studied.
The school was organized to give needy boys an opportunity to help support themselves and to retain their interest in education. To accomplish the first purpose, each boy was awarded a cash scholarship which was paid to him regularly.
INCORPORATION AND EQUIPMENT
Incorporated under a Michigan statute, the school was operated as a non-profit enterprise. It had a floor space of about three acres set apart for its exclusive use. All the equipment in the class and shop departments was the best.....
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April 25, 2017
The weather surrounding Lawrence Technological University campus was a tad brisk and had overcast skies. This was brushed aside by men who as young boys had stood in Safety Zones waiting for streetcars at six o’clock in the morning in any type of weather. Trade School “boys” and their guests, including widows of Students started arriving displaying their Badges proudly worn on the left shoulder. Other Alumni Association members had distinguishing memorabilia identifying themselves as well. The Henry Ford Heritage Association was well represented by Richard and Ruth Gatza, Mark Campbell, and Mike Skinner. Jeff Dunlap from the Henry Ford was also in attendance.
Folding chairs encircled a shrouded figure set in a small grotto resplendent with flowers and a flowering tree. Promptly at 10:15 am the program began with a “Welcome” from Kristen DeVries who introduced the luminaries from the University, Edsel Ford II and Bob Kreipke, Ford Historian. With remarks from LTU President Virinander Moudgil, and HFTS Alumni Association President George Banda, the unveiling took place with Edsel Ford II, George Banda, Virinder Mougdil, and Douglas Ebert. Bob Hill gave an introduction to the Sculptress, Michaele Duffy Kramer.
The program ended with an invitation to take photographs and to take part in a reception where light refreshments were served.
John J. Graf
- This article lists recent updates on hftsaa.org.
- Detroit automakers and higher education: The Henry Ford Trade School and General Motors Institute
Interesting article in Hemmings Classic Car Blog
- Historic Newsletters
Old HFTSAA Newsletters from the Archives
- Remembering HFTS Video
Special Video about the Henry Ford Trade School (Available for purchase from Ideal Video Transfer LLC)
- Henry Ford Trade School - 75th Anniversary
Video of the 75th anniversary celebration on October 25, 1991
DONALD W. RICHTER
Donald, age 88, of Canton died January 28, 2017. He will be missed by a large and loving family.
Don graduated from the Trade School, Class ‘45 He served his Country during WW II in the Army as a Paratrooper.