Class of '02. Captain of Volleyball and Softball team. 1x All League (Volleyball) 1x All Region (Volleyball) 1x League Champion (Volleyball) Went on to play Volleyball at the University of Michigan - Dearborn. Coached Volleyball at MHS from 2002-2011.
Class of '99. Varsity Letter in Basketball (3), Volleyball (4), and Softball (4). 1x Melvindale Athlete of the Year in 1999. 1x All League (Sofftball) 1x All Conference (Softball) Coached MHS JV Softball.
Class of '11. Ranked No. 38 Detroit Free Press Fab 50. Ranked No. 42 Detroit News Blue Chip List. Associated Press Division 3-4 All State 1st Team. Selected to play in MHSFCA East-West All-Star Game 2x Downriver "Dream Team" Selection 1x League Champion Varsity letter in Football (4), Basketball (3), Baseball (3), Track (1). Junior and Senior Year Stats: 61 rec, 1,273 yards, 18 TDs, 6 INTS. School Record of 100 yard INT Return. Went on to play Football at Central Michigan University from 2011-2015.
Class of '09. Varsity Letterman in Football (4), Baseball (3), Basketball (2), and Track. 1x All League and All District in Football, Baseball, and Basketball. Senior Captain in Football, Baseball, Basketball. Went on to play Football for University of Richmond.
Class of '75. 2x Team Captain. 1x Tri-River League Champion. 1x All Area. 2x District Qualifier. 2x Regional Qualifier. State Runner Up in 1974. State Runner Up in 1975 90-14-2 Career Record. Went on to wrestle at Grand Valley State University.
Wrestled at Iowa State and was a 2x Nation Champion in 1958 & 1959. Wrestling Coach and Teacher from 1960-66. 6x Individual State Champion. Went on to Coach at Kent State University. Iowa HS Athletic Association HoF 1959. Franklin and Marshall HoF. Eagle Grove HS HoF 1974. National Wrestling HoF. Iowa Wrestling HoF 1978. NCAA Helms HoF. Kent State HoF 1999. Dan Gable-Glen Brand Wrestling HoF 2005. Iowa State Letter Winners Club HoF.
Class of '88. Wrestling: 3x all area first team. 3x league champion. 3x state qualifier. 2x state placer. 2x District and Regional Champion. 2x Team Captain for 2 years. Holds school record for most career pins with 117. Overall record of 138-15. Coaching Career from 2011-16; 4x District Champions 2x Consecutive Regional Finalists 1st Place at 13 Team Tournaments School Record of team wins in a single season in 2015 with 33. School record of regional qualifiers in a single season in 2015 with 10. 13 individual state qualifiers, 2 state champions. Overall Head Coach record 128-73.
Class of '61. Football: Team Captain for 2 years. All Area. Wrestling: 4x Regional Qualifier. Team Captain for 1 year. Baseball: 4 year Varsity Letterman. Went on to play Football and Wrestling at Wayne State University.
Class of '08. Senior Year Stat Line: 115 tackles, 16 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 4 interceptions. Went on to play College Football at Florida-Atlantic University (FAU). Signed as an Undrafted Free-Agent by the Washington Redskins in 2014. Currently coaching at Missouri Southern State University.
Class of '06. Wrestling: 3-year Varsity Letterman. 2004 - State Runner Up 275 lbs. 2005 - State Champion 275 lbs. 2006- 3rd place States finish 275 lbs. Holds school record with most escapes, 153. Football: 3-year Varsity Letterman. 2x Team Captain 2x 1st Team all League 1x 1st Team All State Represented Melvindale in All Star East-West game. Went on to play at University of Cinicinati.
9-0 Tri-River League Champions. 256 Points For, 40 Points Against. Coaches: Dale Sawicki, Tom Rinna, Wes Danyo, Phil Kaltsas. Co-Captains: Ralph Dabiero, Jerry Brady. All State: Tim Rourk. All State Honorable Mention: Angelo Guerra. Team: Al Dipaolo, Angelo Guerra, Ron Biro, Dan Groh, Jerry Brady, Raplh Dabeiro, Angelo Rivera, Keith Caurdy, Stanley Eisner, Raplh Smith, Steve McGuckin, Tom Kewin, Frank Gawel, Carson Smith, Tim Rourk, Jim Alberty, Thomas Boutin, John Wutke, Mike Charron, Ken Kosky, Dan McQuillan, Norm Wellman, Mike Rourk, Dan LaLone, Rick Thomerson, Keith Horvath, Fred Lapko, Bill McQuillan, Jim Pritula, Rick Poremba, Bob Forman, Joe Coogan, Dave Samples, Doug Laflamboy, Guy Morabito, Charlie Cosgrove, Len Tessmer, Haig Hartunian, Rand McCormick.
Class of '73.
MHS Teacher and Coach.
Class of '56. Football: 3 year Varsity Letterman Started at Halfback. Co-Captain 1954. All Area & All League in 1954. Basketball: 3 year Varsity Letterman Started at Guard. Baseball: 3 year Varsity Letterman Starting Pitcher and Outfielder. Went on to play for University of Michigan- Ann Arbor for one season (Pitcher). Valedictorian of the 1956 MHS June Class. Vice President of 1956 MHS June Class.
Class of '63. Basketball: 3 year Varsity Letterman. 2x League Champion. 2x All League honors Baseball: 3 year Varsity Letterman. 3x All League 3x All Area 3x All Suburban 2x All State (1961, 1962)
Class of '75. 3 year Varsity Letterman 2x Tri-River League Champion. 2x Downriver All Area Wrestling Team. 3x Regional Qualifier 2x State Qualifier District and Regional Champion 1975. 5th in State in 1975.
Class of '61.
Class of '91. Football: 2.5 years as QB/P All Downriver "Dream Team" Team Captain in 90-91 season. Basketball: 2 years Varsity as Center/Forward Team Captain in 90-91 season. Baseball: 3 years Varsity as Pitcher and Catcher All Downriver "Dream Team" All Region (pitcher) Top-Ten pitchers in Michigan (Detroit Free Press). Went onto play football (2 years) and baseball (4 years) at Olivet College. Drafted by the San Diego Padres. Served in Military as E7- Sargent First Class MOS- Airborne Infantry
Class of '86. Basketball: Most points in school history (at time of graduation). Team Captain 1986.
Class of '73. Football: 3 year Varsity Letterman. Baseball: 3 year Varsity Letterman. 2x All Area 2x All League 2x Tri-River League Champion (71, 72) All State Honorable Mention in '72. All State 2nd Team in '73. Went on to play Baseball for Eastern Michigan University
Coached and taught at MHS from 1956-1994. Coached at JV and Varsity level. Assistant Football Coach of the Year by Michigan Football Coaches Association in 1989.
Class of '62. Football: 3 year Varsity Letterman (1959-61) All Huron-Rouge League All Area Track: Lettered as Freshman Basketball: Played in 1960-61 Lettered in his Junior Year. Coached Melvindale Little League Football from 1968-70. Served in Vietnam War.
Class of '82.
Class of '84. Baseball: Played 3 years of Varsity Baseball as Pitcher and 1st Baseman. 2x All League 2x All Area 1x All Region (Senior Year). District Champion 1983. Went on to play baseball for HFCC, won 8 games as a freshman including a no-hitter. Went onto play baseball for EMU. Football: Played QB. 2x All League 2x All Area All Metro West Honors All Metro Honors All State - Honorable Mention (Senior Year). Coached at Middle School and High School levels for Football, Basketball, Baseball and Track at Mel-NAP Schools. Coach Career from 1990-1998.
Class of '87. One of Coach Kavorkian's Elite "Junk Yard Dogs". 1987 Melvindale High School Athlete of the year. Track: 4 year Varsity Letterman All Area 2nd Team in his Senior Year. Football: 3 year Varsity Letterman All Area 2nd Team (Junior Year) All Tri-River League 1st Team (Senior ) All Metro West 1st Team (Senior) All Downriver "Dream Team" (Senior) All Suburban Honors (Senior) All State UPI 1st Team (Senior) Michigan High School All-Star Game (East) Went onto play Football at Alma College.
Class of '82. Football: 4 year Varsity Letterman. 3x All Area 3x All League 2x All State 1x All Suburban 1x All Tri-County 2x Team Captain Basketball: 2 year Varsity Letterman. Starting Guard/Forward. Baseball: 3 year Varsity Letterman. 1x League Champion 1x All Area 1x All League 1x Team Captain. Went on to play Football and Baseball with Full Athletic Scholarship for Central Michigan and Saginaw Valley.
Class of '74. Member of the 8-1 1973-74 Football team. Went on to play at Olivet College where he started as a freshman. Helped form Melvindale High School Alumni Association.
Class of '76. Earned Varsity letter in football and baseball. Boxed at Kronk Gym in Detroit. Fought 63 amateur bouts with 51 knockouts. Won Southeastern Golden Gloves. 1975-76 AAU Champion. 1976 Amateur Boxer of the Year. Turned profession in November 1977. Career Record of 35-2-1 with 28 KO's
Class of '83. Male Athlete of the Year 1982-83. Basketball: 3 year Varsity Letterman. 2nd Team All Area in 81-82. Honorable Mention All-Suburban in 81-82. 3rd Team Western Way All-Star in 81-82. 2nd Team Metro West in 82-83. Detroit News- 3rd Team Class B All-State Team 1983. Detroit Free Press- 6th Team Class B All-State Team 1983. 1st Team All Conference (Tri-River) 1983. Led Team in scoring in 1983 with 306 points (14.6 ppg). Led Team in rebounding in 1983 with 367 rebounds (17.5 rpg). Team Captain in 1983. Track: 2 year Varsity Letterman Team Captain and MVP in 1983. All Area Honorable Mention in 1983.
Class of '57. Captain of the 1957 Melvindale HoF Basketball Team. Teacher and Consultant for Mel-NAP Schools for 21 years. 2x News Herald Coach of the Year . Coached Boy's Track for 17 years. Coached Boy's Cross Country for 6 years. Coached Girl's Track for 6 years. Coached Girl's Cross Country for 5 years. Coached Junior High School Basketball.
Class of '67. 4 year Varsity Letterman. MVP in Senior Season in which he batted .350 avg. Awarded "M" Club Scholarship in his Senior year for outstanding athletic, academic and citizenship contributions while at MHS. Member of MHS Marching Band.
Class of '87. Track: 4 year Varsity Letterman. 4x Captain and MVP. 3x All Area 3x All League 1x All State 1x Regional Qualifier in 1 mile. 2x Regional Qualifier in 2 mile. 2x State Qualifier in 2 mile. Holds school record for 800 m run (2:40.30), 1,600 m run (5:25.00), 3,200 m run (10:36.00). Shares school record in 4 x 800 m relay (10:55.00). Cross Country: 3 year Varsity Letterman 3x All League 3x All Area 1x All State 1x State Qualifier Went onto run Cross Country and Track & Field for Eastern Michigan University.
Coach: Leo Turner Asst. Coach: Dale Sawicki Dave Onofrio, Larry Potochan (MVP),Jim Thompson, Bob Soper, Jerry Wagatha, Gordon Monroe, Frank Marchio (Captain), Leon Leigh, Richard Kanary, Kasper Ohannisian. Team Record: 16-4 Twin Valley League Champions District Champions Regional Champions Lost to Harper Woods 61-54 in State Quarter Finals.
Class of '66. 4 year Varsity Letterman in Baseball and Football. Baseball Team Captain in 1966. 6 No-Hitters. Once struck out 19 of 21 batters in a game.
Class of '90. Football: 3 year Varsity Letterman 1x Team Captain 2x Team Nominated MVP 2x All Tri-river/Mega Conference League Wide Receiver 1x All Downriver Defensive Back Baseball: 3 year Varsity Letterman 1x Team Captain 1x Team Nominated MVP MHS Most improved Player, 1989 2x All Tri-river/Mega Conference League Outfielder 2x All Downriver Outfielder 2x All Regional Outfielder 2x All State Outfielder MHS Record holder for hits in a season (47) at time of graduation. Went on to play Baseball at Wayne State University.
Class of '88. 1987 State Runner-up 98 lbs. 1988 State Champion 105 lbs. Holds school record for most pins in a season with 40.
Class of '50. Won Melvindale Athlete of the Year in 1949.
Class of '56. 3 year Varsity Letterman. All Conference Linebacker. 17 years as Melvindale Football Coach. Michigan High School Football Association Assistant Coach of the Year, 1991. 34 years as Melvindale Math Teacher.
Class of '72. Basketball: 3 year Varsity Letterman. 2x Team Captain and MVP 2x All League 2x All Area 2x All Suburban 1x All State Track and Field: 3 year Varsity Letterman. Melvindale Head Basketball Coach 1982-86. Won Class B District 1986. Downriver Coach of the Year, 1986. Melvindale Football Coach 1982-1986.
Class of '64. 11 Varsity Letters between all three sports. All State and All Area Honors in all three sports. Captain/Co-Captain in All three sports in Jr. and Sr. year. Threw 4 No-Hitters and 6 Shutouts. Went on to play baseball at Alpena Junior College and then Michigan State. Draft by Minnesota Twins, New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles in three different drafts between 1965-1967. Signed with Boston Red Sox in 1967.
Class of '86. Basketball: 2 year Varsity Letterman All State Second Team (Detroit News & Detroit Free Press) All Area First Team All League First Team Co-MVP (Senior Year) Volleyball: 1 year Varsity Letterman All State - Honorable Mention Softball: 3 year Varsity Letterman All State Second Team (Detroit News & Detroit Free Press) All Area First Team All League First Team MVP Went on to play Basketball at University of Detroit. Coached at Melvindale from 1991-1994 Varsity Assistant Coach Softball Varsity Head Coach Volleyball 8th Grade Head Coach Volleyball
Class of '71. "Melvindale's #1 Fan" Coached Melvindale Football for 13 seasons. Coached Track and Field for 3 seasons. Coached Wrestling for 17 season. Wrestling Coaching Career: 2x All Area Coach of the Year. 2x Regional Coach of the Year. 1 State Champion. 42 State Qualifiers. 18 State Place Finishers. 46 League Champions.
Class of '63. Won Melvindale Athlete of the Year in 1962. Wrestling: 2x Team Captain 2x Team MVP Undefeated in regular season 2 years in a row (Junior and Senior Year). 3x Trenton Tournament Champion 1x League Champion 1x Regional Champion Mellus All Area Football: 3 year Varsity Letterman 1x Team Captain All Area Huron-Rouge League
Coached from 1971-2006. Accumulated the most wins as a coach in MHS Athletics history with 648. 12x League Champions. 11x District Champions. 34 Winning Seasons. 18-teams Ranked in Michigan top-10. 13x Coach of the Year.
Class of '65. Went on to play Baseball at the University of Michigan. Drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 1969. After being traded to San Francisco in 1973, he played 7 games for the Giants.
Class of '66. 1966 State Champion 88 lbs
MHS Teacher, Coach, Athletic Director. 3x Tri-River Coach of the Year. MHSFCA Regional Coach of the Year 1987. Scholastic Coach of the Year 1987. Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. MHSCA Hall of Fame 1994.
Class of '72. Went on to play at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). Drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 1972 out of High School and again in 1976 out of EMU.
Class of '66.
Class of '54.
One of the original founding members of Melvindale Junior Football Club, served as President from 1965-1982. Served two terms on Mel-NAP School Board.
Class of '70.
Class of '65. Won Melvindale Athlete of the Year in 1964.
Class of '82.
Class of '55. Hit safely in 35 consecutive games. Brief tryout with Detroit Tigers organization.
Class of '84. Won 7 letters in Baseball, Basketball, and Golf. Captain Basketball and Golf. Male Athlete of the Year 1984. Went on to play at University of Michigan. MHS educator, coached baseball and basketball.
Class of '69. Three Sport Athlete – Football, Basketball and Baseball earning 9 varsity letters MHS 1969 Athlete of the Year Football Awards- All League, All Area, All Suburban, All-State Basketball Awards- All League, All Area, Team Captain 1968-69, Honorable Mention All- State Baseball Awards- All League, All Area, Team Captain 1969 Played football at Central Michigan University as an Outside Linebacker and Tight End earning three varsity letters from 1969-1973. Played for Hall of Fame and legendary college football coaches Roy Kramer and Herb Deromedi. MHS Assistant Football Coach 1980-81 MHS Girls’ JV Basketball Coach 1989-90 Melvindale Northern Allen Park Schools teacher 1980-81 and 1990-91
MHS Teacher, Coach, Principal.
Class of '50. Won Melvindale Athlete of the Year - 1950.
MHS Teacher and Coach.
Class of '53. Football: 4 year Varsity Letterman Most Valuable Lineman All Area All League (MIAA) All NAIA Basketball: 4 year Varsity Letterman All League MIAA All Mid-West NAIA Team and League MVP Track: 2 year Varsity Letterman Went on to play Semi-pro football for the Melvindale Redskins and won all league offense and defense in 1959 and 1960 as well as most valuable lineman in 1959.
Class of '84. Basketball: 3 year Varsity Letterman All League All Area All Suburban Team Captain MHS JV Coach Volleyball: 4 year Varsity Letterman Co-captain All League. Softball: 4 year Varsity Letterman All League All Area 1984 Outstanding Female Athlete at Melvindale High. 1984 Melvindale High School Homecoming Queen. 1984 Melvindale High School Outstanding Business Student.
Melvindale High School All State honorable mention. Melvindale Redskins, 1954-1959. Most Valuable Back, 1954. Head Coach from 1955-59. 6 year record as coach - 46 wins - 4 losses - 2 ties. Five years American Football League Champions. Served in American Military in 1951-52 11th Airborne Division.
Class of '87. Basketball: 4 year Varsity Letterman Scoring Leader for 3 years Team Captain for 3 years First Women's MHS Outstanding Athlete Award Winner 1st team All League, All Metro, All Suburban, and All State. Went on to play Basketball for 4 years at Indiana Institute of Technology.
Class of '57. Basketball: 4 year Varsity Letterman All State All Suburban All League All Area 1957 State, Regional and District Champion. Football: 3 year Varsity Letterman. Went onto play for semi-pro team, Melvindale Redskins. Baseball: 3 year Varsity Letterman. Played Shortstop and 2nd base. Went onto play basketball on scholarship for the University of Detroit.
Football - Head coach for 20 years at Melvindale High. Baseball - Head coach for 10 years at Melvindale High. Won Downriver League Football Championship against Trenton. Melvindale High School Athletic Director.
Class of '62. Went on to play Quarterback for University of Ohio. Taught PE, Coached Football and Basketball at MHS.
Class of '54. Went on to play Basketball and Baseball at Henry Ford CC. Transfered to Eastern Michigan to play Football, Basketball and Baseball. Melvindale Police Officer and MHS Teacher, Coach.
Melvindale Head Football and Baseball Coach (1951-1978). Coached MHS Football to 11 league titles ; was state quarter finalist in 1978. MHS Phys Ed Teacher. Michigan Football HoF. Michigan Coaches HoF (1984). Detroit Free Press Coach of the Year in 1978.
4 year Varsity Letterman in Football and Track and Field. MHS School Teacher and Superintendent. Assistant Football Coach Played Football for Wayne State University. Served in United States Coast Gaurd - Commanding Officer (Europe and Africa).
1947-1958: MHS Teacher, Coach, Principal. 1954-1958: Athletic Director.
Class of '58. MHS Coach. Won Melvindale Athlete of the Year in 1956.
Class of '66. Football: 4 year Varsity Letterman 1x All League Honorable Mention 2x All League 1x All State Honorable Mention 1x All State (Detroit News) 1x Team Nominated MVP Basketball: 3 year Varsity Letterman. 2x All League 2x All Area 1x All Suburban 1x All State Wrestling: Holds school record for fastest pin , 7.0 seconds. 2x State Champion 1965 - 133 lbs. , 1966 - 138 lbs. Track: 3 year Varsity Letterman. Coached MHS Basketball 1982-86. Coached MHS Junior Varsity Football 1982-86.
Inducted into Michigan High School Coaches Association HoF in 1986. Basketball Coach of the Year 1957-58. 5x League Champions. 8x District Champions. 1x Regional Champions. Career Record of 201-127. 35 years in High School Athletics; 25 as Coach, 25 as Athletic Director. Also coached Football, Baseball, and Volleyball.
Class of '49. 1948 - All State Michigan High School Team (QB). Baseball: Played under Coach Val Deluca. Pitching Record: 29-1 Went on to play 5 years in the MLB for New York, Washington, Detroit, Cleveland, St. Louis, Houston. U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1948- 1953
Melvindale Athlete in 1930s. Baseball Coach in 1940s.
Class of '54. Baseball Team Captain 1953. Played QB in Football. Starting Guard for Basketball.