Inkster is a suburb west of Detroit, settled in the 1920's by black families working at Ford automobile factories. In 1952, a new high school was built on the corner of Middlebelt and Michigan Avenue. A second addition in the 1960's added a swimming pool, auditorium, and classroom wings for a total capacity of about 1,000 students.
At it's peak in 1966, the district had over 5,000 students in six elementary schools, an adult education center, a middle school and a high school. As charter schools began to open in the late 1990's, they drew students and resources away from Inkster.
In 1999, the Inkster School board declared a financial emergency, as enrollment district-wide had fallen to just 1,490. A private company was brought in to run the schools in 2000, but later went out of business, leaving the three remaining buildings under state control.
Though enrollment and test scores increased slightly in the 2000's, the district struggled to maintain aging buildings and declining funding. Facing serious financial trouble, the Inkster Public Schools district was dissolved by the state of Michigan in July of 2013 and the remaining students sent to four other districts.
Despite efforts to bring in a charter operator, Inkster High never reopened, and was demolished in 2015.