•  History of Maire Elementary School


    • The Grosse Pointe School district was formed in January 1922. 

    • They bought some land at Kercheval and Cadieux to build an elementary school.  This land had no buildings on it. 

    • In 1928 it was considered as a site for a junior high school, but due to disagreement, the board changed its mind to the original plan to build an elementary school there.

    • Students and teachers first came to Lewis E. Maire Elementary School on October 20, 1936.

    • Tennis courts had also been completed in what is now the Kroger parking lot right next to Maire.  They were ready to use in the fall of 1937.

    • In June of 1939 the school board sold the Kercheval Avenue side of the Maire school property for $155,000.  This is where stores were built.

    • Students staged their first major dramatic and musical presentation in the new auditorium.  The show was Hansel and Gretel.

    • Sports were a big part of life for Maire boys from the beginning.  In the fall of 1937, the boys of the immediate neighborhood organized a football team which practiced and held Saturday games on the Maire field.  They were coached by a student from the high school.

    • In the fifties, the students and the PTA had many fashion shows.

    • In 1949-1950 the Maire population rose dramatically.  We had 431 students in Maire.  Currently there are just over 300 students.

    • In the fall of 1941 the school decided they needed a song so in early 1943 they had a contest and Jerry Allen won. 

    This has been adapted by 5th grader Meg G. from Maire Through the Years by Nancy Wiggers, Ph. D.; October, 1986 

    Maire Song:

    M-A-I-R-E spells Maire.

    We are leaders everywhere.

    North, South, East and West

    Maire always leads the rest.


    In lessons, sports, and music, too,

    We always try our best to do.

    Teachers, too, all do their share

    To make us very proud of Maire.