Welcome to Ottawa Hills High School

Welcome to Ottawa Hills High School! We are looking forward to another exciting school year!  It is going to be an amazing, fearless, and exhilarating year as we welcome new and returning students and staff to our Bengal Community. 

The Ottawa Hills Family cannot wait to meet you and your family and show you why we are proud of Grand Rapids Public Schools, our students, staff, and community. If you are a new family moving into our district, we hope you consider Ottawa Hills as a top choice for your child(ren). If you know your child will be a Bengal, or if you have questions regarding classes, athletics, extra-curricular activities, health needs and more, please give us a call at 616-819-2900. We are happy to assist you.

Stephanie Davis-Johnson

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Ottawa Hills High School

2055 Rosewood Ave. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone: 616-819-2900
Stephanie Davis
Colleen Holmes
Assistant Principal
Joseph Metts
Assistant Principal
Neico Jones
Dean of Students
Marcus Harris, CAA
Ottawa Hills High School Athletic Director
Sandra Hall
Head Secretary
Erica Tuohy
Head Counselor

School Hours

Breakfast 7:10 a.m.
Start Time 7:40 a.m.
Dismissal 2:21 p.m.
Half Day Dismissal 10:25 a.m. 


We Can Do This! 

Ottawa Hills High School is one of two neighborhood comprehensive high schools in the GRPS family. We proudly serve the amazing scholars on the south side of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Ottawa Hills High School offers not only our comprehensive high school program, but also amazing opportunities for scholars to learn through community engagement, athletics, and the fine arts.  Scholars can also learn through our Early Middle College Program, Academy Programs, and dual enrollment. This means scholars of all types have an opportunity to develop the skills they need to be successful in college or career.  

  • Advanced Placement (AP) is a program that offers high school students the ability to take college level courses and exams. These programs were created to be at the same level of most first-year university courses. If the students are successful in the AP programs, they have the opportunity to receive advanced placement credit or exemptions when they go on to university. At Ottawa Hills High School, many of our upper classmen take AP courses.
  • Early Middle College (EMC) is a special five year program that allows high school students to earn a high school diploma AND an associate degree while at Ottawa Hills. Approved through the Michigan Department of Education, Ottawa's EMC program is the only program of its kind in the City of Grand Rapids, giving students a unique opportunity to start and stay in college.
  • Ottawa Hills High School Academies: Academies are designed to prepare our scholars for college and career through dual enrollment and real-world experience. Scholars in each academy will have the option of pursuing their career path by enrolling in one of the many fantastic local colleges or universities including Grand Valley State UniversityKendall College of Art and Design, and Grand Rapids Community College. A theme school application is required to participate. 

Ottawa Hills High School is a community where parents, teachers, and scholars take care of one another and strive to build positive relationships that support academic success and social growth. We place the highest priority on creating a safe, nurturing, and welcoming environment for all who enter our building, and we offer specialized support and services that meet the growing needs of all scholars and families. We prioritize the mental, emotional, and academic growth of each and every Bengal we serve. 

We have incorporated distance learning for years and are poised to be a leader in the district as a blended model of new technologies and old practices, giving our students the best of both worlds. Our 1-to-1 student technology device approach ensures that every student has the opportunity to learn inside and outside the classroom.

Ottawa Hills High School Photo Tour

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GRPS represented in state's “largest” Memorial Day parade

Grand Rapids Public Schools band scholars marched in the Mackinaw City Memorial Day Parade in honor of those who died in service to our country.

Ottawa Hills track star to run last race as a GRPS scholar at Saturday’s MHSAA Division 1 State Finals in Rockford

Accomplished athlete, Benne Anderson, brings his passion for running to the last track meet of the season. 

Old Bones—Board of Education Makes Rare Purchase for Science

In the fall of 1904, the Grand Rapids Board of Education made an unusual purchase - $300 for mastodon bones.

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