DETROIT (WWJ) – With demolition of the old Cass Tech High School underway, the Detroit Public Schools Foundation is looking to raise money by selling bricks from the building.

Among those who will get one is actor/comedian and Cass Tech grad David Alan Grier. He’ll have his name inscribed on a gold brick and will receive it tomorrow.

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Not to be forgotten, bricks from Finney and Chadsey High Schools will also be available soon. Money raised from the sale of the bricks will be used for academic programs in the district.

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“This is an opportunity to own a piece of history,” DPSF President and CEO Chacona W. Johnson said in a release. “And even better, to help us preserve and enhance crucial programs that will fortify our children’s learning experience as the Detroit Public Schools move forward.”

Each brick is presented elegantly, with a protective sealant and bronze, silver or gold finished plaque. Silver and gold plaques may be personalized with a name and graduation year.

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Individuals interested in buying bricks may view and order them on the Foundation website at, or contact DPSF by phone at 313-873-3348 or e-mail at