Jesuit Message Drives Detroit's Last Catholic School

Detroit's only Catholic college-prep school is on a mission--to educate young men and save the city

Corine Vermeulen for TIME

The University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy is one of the last Catholic college-prep schools left in the city

Clarification Appended: Nov. 10, 2009

Lunch period at an inner-city all-boys school is an event associated with the sounds of chaos, not classical music. And yet there are definitely strains of Beethoven coming from the piano in the cafeteria at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. Behind the pianist, another student waits patiently for his turn. Upstairs in the art room, a senior is using the lunch hour to apply more brushstrokes to a portrait. A few kids are playing pickup ball in the gym, but more are crowded in the library.

In a city where 47% of adults...

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