David Mackenzie Papers
Born in Detroit’s Corktown in 1860, David Mackenzie attended Detroit’s Capital High School, graduating from University of Michigan in 1881. He served as superintendent of schools in Flint, Michigan in 1888, then transferred to Muskegon, Michigan in 1892, accepting the position of principal of Detroit Central High School in 1903. It was Mackenzie who enabled a one-year college level premedical curriculum to be offered in 1913 at Central High School, making it possible for Detroit students to study medicine in their hometown. Mackenzie proposed a two-year Junior College curriculum to the Michigan Legislature in 1916, which approved, officially creating the Detroit Junior College in 1917. The collection reflects Mackenzie’s administrative career in Detroit and provides course material for his role as instructor. His involvement in the Junior College Movement is also included in the collection.
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