Built in the 1950s as Ann Arbor High School on West Stadium Boulevard between Seventh Street and South Main Street, kitty-corner to Michigan Stadium.

By the 1960s it was already getting full; Huron High School was built in 1967 to relieve crowding and Ann Arbor High was renamed Pioneer, after its mascot. In 1968, students from the old and new schools shared the old building in a split schedule, with Pioneer students attending classes in the morning and Huron students in the afternoon. Somewhat oddly, the mascot was kept, and the school's sports teams are known as the Pioneer Pioneers.

Pioneer has a tradition of success in everything! State-wide recognition for sports (too many state championships too list), nationally recognized for academics, and internationally recognized for music (awarded eight GRAMMYs, most recently a 2015 GRAMMY Gold Signature School).

Pioneer is built in a fairly traditional and boxy form; reaction to its "factory-like" design was a large factor in Huron's distinctive form.

As of 2000, Pioneer had an official capacity of approximately 1,800 students, but had an enrollment approaching 2,300. Overcrowding problems at both schools led to the building of a new high school, Skyline High School, which is now in operation on Maple Road north of M-14.

Administration 2015-2016

Tracey Lowder, Principal
Kevin Hudson, Assistant Principal for 9th & 11th grades
Jason Skiba, Assistant Principal for 10th & 12th grades
Eve Claar, Assistant Principal, Athletic Director

Contact Information

Official school website: http://www.a2schools.org/pioneer
Phone: (734) 994-2120
Fax: (734) 994-2198
Email: pioneer@aaps.k12.mi.us
601 W. Stadium Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Public Transportation

The AATA uses the Pioneer parking lot off of Main Street to connect a number of bus routes.


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