Maps at Home with Jacob Jones and two historical Detroit schools maps

What is your map at home (title, year, etc.)

I have two maps that are pretty similar

The first is titled “Greater Detroit High School Event Locator”

The second map is “the official map of the Detroit Public Schools” from 1977.

Where did you find/acquire the map?

I picked up the “Greater Detroit High School Event Locator” map at the Indian Village Yard Sale event a couple of years ago.

The 1977 map, my partner and I found tucked into the 1977 DPS directory (hence the fold lines).

What made you hang it on your wall? What stood out to you? What details do you enjoy about the map?

Growing up, my grandpa would take me to high school basketball games across the area. I saw every current NBA player from Michigan play while they were in high school. I lost my grandpa a few years back and hanging this map up in my home reminded me of the time we spent in the car, driving out to gyms across the region, hoping to get a glimpse at the next big star.

My partner’s mom taught at a school on the Eastside in 1977 and we thought it was so cool that we were able to find it on a map.

What in your background has drawn you to maps?

I’ve always loved maps. This love was intensified when I was working as tour director at Pure Detroit and studying history at Wayne. Being able to look at a map of Detroit and place the location of historical events and places within it gave me a powerful grasp of the City around me.

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