About North MS
Middle School-North is the oldest middle school in continuous service to the L’Anse Creuse district! MS-N first opened its doors in September of 1966 with a teaching staff of 22 and a student body of 424. Mr. Bueford Rickman, MS-N’s first principal, helped the staff and students establish high standards in all areas of the instructional program.
Dr. Roy Cloud followed Mr. Rickman as the MS-N principal and during the seven years he served in that capacity, established very positive, close-knit ties between the school and its community. At the end of the 1993-94 school year the third principal of Middle School-North, James Dooley, retired after serving in that position for 20 years. MS-N thrived under Mr. Dooley’s leadership. In the spring of 1994, Mr. Erick Alsup was named principal. In the 1999-2000 school year MS-N was selected as a Michigan and National Blue Ribbon School. In January of 2000 Mr. John Da Via was appointed principal and Mr. Mark Brown was appointed as associate principal of MS-N..
Middle School-North has truly been a leader in educational efforts on a district, county, and state level. The school was selected as one of Michigan’s 10 exemplary middle schools in 1989-1990. Other significant events or experiences, which have involved the school, include its participation as a demonstration school in the 1977 MAMSE State Conference and its selection as one of 25 Michigan elementary and middle schools to pilot the Michigan Department of Education MAPS program in 1986-1987. Mr. Mel Miller, a MS-N social studies teacher was selected as the 1981 Michigan Teacher of the Year and was the first runner-up for National Teacher of the Year honors that year. MS-N also completed the NCA accreditation cycle and was fully accredited in the 1999-2000 school year. That same year, MS-N earned recognition as a Michigan Exemplary School and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. On March 24, 2000, MS-N hosted the Vice President of the United States, Mr. Albert Gore, as a guest for the day.
Principal: Brian Fahning
Secretary to Principal: Debbie Verkest
Associate Principal: Chris May
Secretary to Associate Principal: Jennifer Oleksiak