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.....
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the moving assembly line, introduced by Ford Motor Company and led by Henry Ford on October 7th, 1913, the automaker went inside its manufacturing facilities to document the fast-paced and efficient assembly lines producing some of the world's best vehicles. Constructed from more than 24 hours of time-lapsed views inside Ford's Michigan Assembly and Dearborn Truck Plants, Ford showcases the face of manufacturing today and tomorrow.
Release Date: January 20, 2015
The Henry Ford Trade School Alumni Association has donated $750,000 to create an endowed scholarship fund for undergraduate mechanical engineering students at Lawrence Technological University.
The donation is among the top 10 largest gifts ever received by the University to establish an endowed scholarship, and the largest for scholarships from an organization. Interest income from the endowment will provide need-based scholarship assistance to recipients.
From alums of Henry Ford Trade School, an investment Editorial in The Detroit News, February 25, 2015 America can learn a lesson from these retirees. It has been more than 60 years since the last students graduated from the Henry Ford Trade School, and the school’s remaining alumni are now in their 80s and 90s. But we should all pay attention to what they have to say about the value of education.
- 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
1922 – 2011
Wife of deceased member Richard passed away December 2, 2011 at age 89 in her Oregon home with her son Michael and daughter-inlaw Theresa by her bedside. Four grandchildren also survive her.
Kay was the daughter-in-law of Harry Westbrook, who was the head Instructor of the Wood Pattern Shop in the Trade School. Her husband, Richard, was the Club Manager of Bonnie Brook in the early years of the Alumni Association.
Kay and Richard were loyal members of the Alumni Association and attended all functions. Family and friends will dearly miss her.