Swartz Creek Community Schools

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Swartz Creek Community School District
Location of Swartz Creek School District within Genesee County, Michigan
Genesee County, Michigan
United States
Coordinates42°57′43″N 83°49′35″W / 42.96194°N 83.82639°W / 42.96194; -83.82639Coordinates: 42°57′43″N 83°49′35″W / 42.96194°N 83.82639°W / 42.96194; -83.82639
District information
PresidentCarrie Germain
Vice-presidentBrian Sepanak
SuperintendentBen Mainka
Asst. Superintendent(s)Rodney Hetherton
Other information
Intermediate DistrictGenesee

Swartz Creek Community School District is a public school district in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan and in the Genesee Intermediate School District. The School District serves the City of Swartz Creek, parts of Flint, Flint Charter Township, Gaines Township, Clayton Township, Argentine Township and Village of Lennon even over into Shiawassee County.


S.T. Crapo donated part of the Crapo Farm land[1][2] $40,000 which the school district matched with a bond to build the Mary Crapo School, named in honor of former Michigan Governor Henry H. Crapo's wife, with construction begin in 1928 and opened in 1929. The building original held all grades including kindergarten. The first graduating class of 1930 had four students.[3]

With consolidation of a number of one room schoolhouse districts, Mary Crapo had a western wing added. The current high school was built in 1958 followed by the middle school and most of the current elementary schools. In 1983, Center Stage community theater group made Mary Crapo its performance home.[3]

On May 8, 2008, two bond millage were on the ballot, one for a new high school and technology upgrades. The second to build an auditorium at the new high school.[4]

The Building and Site Fund levy was renewed at a 1.8 mills in May 2011. The school board agreed on June 9, 2011 to purchase the Cage Fieldhouse from Cage Management Group for additional sports practice space with the Cage Group to manage the facility.[5] On June 23, 2011, the school board approved the design of the performing arts center. The center was funded via a qualified school construction bond, a part of the federal stimulus package, to be paid back via the existing Building and Site Fund millage.[6] The center was official opened on September 5, 2013. The center was official opened on September 5, 2013.[7] Center Stage held 100 plays at Mary Crapo by the time they left the school in 2013.[3]

In June 2014, Swartz Creek and Clio School District agreed to share administrative staff. First, the two district agreed to share a finance director follow by sharing an executive director of personnel.[8]

In early 2018, the school board voted to close Mary Crapo building at the end of the school year and move the Child Development Center and Swartz Creek Academy (alternative education) to a former doctor's office on Morrish Road and to the middle school, respectively. The move would cost less than the $625,000 to fix and upgrade Crapo.[3]


Building Type Built Location
Mary Crapo School Alternative High & pre-school 1928[3] Swartz Creek
Swartz Creek High secondary 1958[3]
Swartz Creek Middle secondary 1967
Gaines elementary 1880 Village of Gaines
Syring elementary 1959 Swartz Creek
Morrish elementary 1964 Mundy Township
Elms Road elementary 1966 Swartz Creek
Dieck (Van Vleet Road) elementary 1969 Clayton Township
Cage Fieldhouse Sports facility Swartz Creek
Little Dragons Center day care

High School[edit]

The Swartz Creek High School is a secondary school in Swartz Creek build in 1958.[3] The school was initial build with a 900-1,000 students capacity. Immediately after opening, the district had plans to add two new wings.[4]


Swartz Creek Community School
SchoolSwartz Creek High
ConferenceFlint Metro League
Athletic directorSue Calvo
LocationSwartz Creek, Michigan
Varsity teamsfootball, cross country, basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Soccer, Tennis, Swimming, Lacrosse, Track, Golf, and of course, Ice Hockey
ColorsRed, White, and Black
WebsiteSwartz Creek Athletics
Class A
Year Joined/Rejoined 1968/2006
League Start End
County C 1950 1960
County B 1960 1968
Flint Metro 1968 1976
Big 9 1976 2006
Flint Metro 2006 present


At the Little Red School House No.2 back in the late 19th century, Swartz Creek Schools started its sports tradition starting with a championship girls baseball team followed by a winning boys baseball team. In the 1940s, the football team earned the county championship trophy awarded by the Flint Journal, which nicknamed the Swartz Creek Teams as the "Dragons", after which the yearbook was called the dragon. Swartz Creek belong to the County B League then joined the Flint Metro League upon its founding in 1968[10] until the 1976 when they joined the Big Nine Conference. The Cross Country squad had extraordinary success racking 15 Big Nine Conference championships, many Greater Flint Area Champions, Regional Champions, multiple state meet appearances with runners up in 1982 and State Championship in 1986. Given the even large schools in the Big 9 that were some times classified as AA making teams uncompetitive in league play, Swartz Creek returned to the Flint Metro League in 2006.[10]


  1. ^ "A look back: Crapo Farm Depot in Swartz Creek was once the only private farm depot in North America". The Flint Journal. Mlive Media Group. February 24, 2011. Retrieved September 1, 2016.
  2. ^ Blythe, Natalie (January 27, 2011). "Moments in history: Swartz Creek celebrates 175th anniversary of Miller settlement". Swartz Creek View. View Newspaper Group (JAMS Media). Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Acosta, Roberto (May 20, 2018). "Memories flow out at open house ahead of Mary Crapo School closure". Flint Journal. MLive Media Group. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Bagley, Autumn (April 15, 2007). "Swartz Creek teachers feel the squeeze in overcrowding". Flint Journal. MLive.com. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  5. ^ Habermehl, Kayla (June 10, 2011). "Swartz Creek district officials: Cage Fieldhouse purchase will allow for more community involvment". Flint Journal. MLive Media Group. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  6. ^ Habermehl, Kayla (June 23, 2011). "Swartz Creek performing arts center project moves on to next step". The Flint Journal. MLive.com. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
  7. ^ Acosta, Roberto (September 4, 2013). "Multi-million dollar performing arts center in Swartz Creek ready for unveiling". Flint Journal. MLive Media Group. Retrieved February 12, 2019.
  8. ^ Acosta, Roberto (June 26, 2014). "Clio and Swartz Creek schools make move to share new personnel director". Flint Journal. MLive Media Group. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  9. ^ Michigan High School Football: Swartz Creek Dragons
  10. ^ a b Tunnicliff, Greg. "Balance, competitiveness, friendships keep league rolling". Flint Journal. Advance Newspapers. p. 2. Archived from the original on 2012-12-10. Retrieved 2007-09-17.

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