New high-school building to enhance Manoogian School in Southfield, MI: An Interview with Principal Hosep Torossian

Sebouh Avedikian talked to principal Hosep Torossian about the recent renovation:

Sebouh Avedikian: Dr. Torossian, what circumstances compelled the school leadership to conceive and fulfill the construction of a new and modern high-school building?

Hosep Torossian: First, I would like to take this opportunity to give a concise history of our school. In 1969, exactly 40 years ago, our acclaimed benefactor and then-AGBU President, Alex Manoogian, took the initiative of establishing the school with two teachers and 20 students. Over the years, the school grew and became one of the most successful in the AGBU educational system. In 1995, and again in 2001, the school earned the State of Michigan “Golden Apple” award for its academic excellence.

The school has become well known throughout the Metropolitan Detroit area. With the approval of our patron family, Manoogian became a Charter school in 1995. Thus, the success of the school and the substantial increase in the number of students enticed our Board of Education to come up with a solution.

In 2004, benefactors Louise Manoogian Simone and Richard Manoogian underwrote the massive renovation and expansion of the existing school. However, after a few years, it became evident that the tremendous efforts made were still insufficient for the needs of a growing school. Thus, Louise and Richard once again made a magnanimous donation to the school bearing their illustrious parents’ name.

Read the whole interview here.


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