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AHHS History and Facts


  • Arthur Hill was established in 1903
  • The school was named after a successful lumbering and shipping owner, Arthur Hill. He was President of the School Board for five years.
  • The average number of students for high schools in Michigan is 376, so Arthur Hill High School is very large. The student to teacher ratio is 21:1, which is significantly higher than the average for all U.S. high schools (15.30:1) and significantly higher than the average for high schools in Michigan (18.20:1).
  • The 1973 Arthur Hill Lumberjack football team, coached by George Ihler, is still the only Class A high school football team in Michigan state high school history to complete a season untied, undefeated and unscored upon and outscoring its opponents 443–0. It was the first Class A football team to do so since 1933.
  • The Lumberjacks officially won the state title in Class AA in 1991 by defeating the reigning champion, Detroit Catholic Central, by a score of 13–12. Coached by Jim Eurick, the Lumberjacks outlasted the Shamrocks, who went on to win the title again the next year (1992).
  • Arthur Hill High School has won several state, regional, and district championships, primarily in boys' basketball and football. The most recent state boys' basketball championships were in 2006 and 1999.

Noteable Staff/Alumni

  • Theodore Roethke — won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1954 for his book, The Waking.
  • Dick Rifenburg — star athlete at Arthur Hill High School in football, basketball, and track and field. He led Arthur Hill to MHSAA Class A high school state championship in 1944. The Lumberjacks won the game against Kalamazoo Central High School and an undefeated season (19-0). He scored 24 points, including 17 in the second half. Dick was also the state champion shot put and high jump in 1944. He led Lumberjacks to their first State Track Championship. Rifenburg was named All State in football, basketball and track. In 2002, He was inducted into The Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame.
  • Jason Richardson — NBA player for the Philadelphia 76ers, winner of two NBA Slam Dunk titles, is an alumnus of Arthur Hill
  • Adam Emmenecker — former Drake University point guard who went from three-year walk-on to Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year in his final season in 2008
  • Curt Young — current Oakland Athletics pitching coach and MLB player (Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals, New York Yankees)
  • Ed Albosta — former MLB player (Brooklyn Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates)
  • Alfonso Boone — (Class of 1994) football player, Bears
  • Christopher Currell (Class of 1967) — Band member, Michael Jackson's BAD Tour (1987–89); Synclavier keyboards, synthesizers, digital guitar and rubboard on Michael Jackson's BAD album (1987)
  • Craig Dill (Class of 1963) — ABA basketball player, Pittsburgh Pipers
  • William H. Haithco Sr. (Class of 1940) — businessman and community leader
  • Harry Hawkins (Class of 1922) — All-American football player for the University of Michigan, 1923–1925
  • Stephen Lynch (Class of 1989) — professional comedian, Broadway star, Tony Award nominee
  • Jack O'Brien (Class of 1957) — Broadway director
  • Shonte Peoples (Class of 1989) — football player Michigan Wolverines
  • Brian Pruitt (Class of 1991) — All-American football player, Central Michigan University[18]
  • Jason Richardson (Class of 1999) — professional basketball player, Orlando Magic
  • Dick Rifenburg (Class of 1944) — football player Michigan Wolverines, Detroit Lions. He led the Big Ten Conference in single season receptions during his senior year and set Michigan Wolverines receptions records for both career touchdown and single-season touchdowns.
  • Clifton Ryan — Defensive Lineman, St. Louis Rams[19]
  • Sam Sword (Class of 1994) — football player, Colts
  • Dar Tucker (Class of 2007) — basketball player, DePaul University
  • George Ihler — football head coach of the undefeated and unscored upon 1973 football team.
  • Thomas J. Karac — assistant football coach of the undefeated and unscored upon 1973 football team, is the Senior Director of Stadium Operations for the MLB Baseball Team Tampa Bay Rays, the 2008 ALDS Champions and the 2008 ALCS Champions. He has been with the team since 1997