Vicki Granger, second from left, recently caught up with former De La Salle Collegiate students Mark Cracchiolo, far left; Greg DeMars, second from right; and Peter Cracchiolo Jr. Granger was named as the 2019 Christian Brothers’ Dinner honoree and will receive the John C. Monigold Award.

Vicki Granger, second from left, recently caught up with former De La Salle Collegiate students Mark Cracchiolo, far left; Greg DeMars, second from right; and Peter Cracchiolo Jr. Granger was named as the 2019 Christian Brothers’ Dinner honoree and will receive the John C. Monigold Award.

Photo provided by Kevin Fitzhenry, of De La Salle


Granger makes history as Christian Brothers’ Dinner’s first-ever female honoree

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published March 15, 2019

WARREN — Since 1982, Vicki Granger has been a strong presence at De La Salle Collegiate High School.

The school had just moved from its Detroit building to its current location on Common Road in Warren.

Her contributions to the all-boys Catholic high school since that time have proved so valuable that she will receive the John C. Monigold Award at this year’s Christian Brothers’ Dinner. The award is given to a person who has truly served De La Salle and the Lasallian mission of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.

The 38th annual Christian Brothers’ Dinner will be held May 16 at Penna’s of Sterling in Sterling Heights. This is the first time in the dinner’s history that a female honoree has been chosen.

“It’s an incredible honor,” said Granger, who added that 1,000 people attend the annual dinner. “It’s like a reunion. Alumni catch up with each other. They’re coming to support our mission.”

The annual dinner raises money for scholarships and tuition assistance. Granger said about half of the students who attend De La Salle receive student assistance.

“We try to make it as affordable as we can so families can provide their sons with the best education possible,” the Grosse Pointe Woods resident said.

Since her honoree status was announced, Granger has received congratulatory notes from those all around her.

“Vicki Granger has made a significant difference in the lives of countless young men at De La Salle Collegiate,” De La Salle President John M. Knight said in a prepared statement. “I am honored to serve alongside her, and on behalf of all of us at De La Salle — past and present — we thank Vicki for all that she has done and continues to do for our community. God bless you, Vicki.”

Granger has held many different jobs while at De La Salle. She was hired to lead the English department and began her tenure teaching Advanced Placement English and English composition. She also taught journalism and was the faculty moderator of the Co-Pilot student newspaper from 1983 to 2004 and of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society from 1995 to 2004. Granger was also coordinator of academic affairs.

When she first came to De La Salle 37 years ago, there was just one other female teacher. Today, about two dozen women have been hired at the school, which Granger said is important because when graduates enter college and the workforce, they will be working with men and women.

“Women are seen as an important component to the educational process,” Granger said. “I’m just delighted to be able to be part of the school. I enjoy coming to school and seeing the kids. It’s gratifying to me when I encounter third-generation students. Our school has a strong alumni base and a tradition.”

Before her career at De La Salle, Granger served as principal of Servite High School in Detroit from 1980 to 1982, and taught at Dominican High School, Our Lady of La Salette Grade School and Bishop Gallagher High School.

Granger is married to Mike, and their sons Sean and Brian are De La Salle graduates.

Outside of school, Granger remains very active in the community. Since 1997, she has served on the Grosse Pointe Woods City Council. Granger also serves on the Friends of the Grosse Pointe Library and the League of Women Voters Grosse Pointe.

Granger is also a member of the Grosse Pointe Michigan Branch of the American Association of University Women. The group regularly meets for potluck dinner fundraisers. Granger said that whatever the women would spend on going out to dinner is donated to the program. That money is used to provide support to third-world countries in various ways. The AAUW supports other programs as well.

For ticket information on the Christian Brothers’ Dinner, contact De La Salle’s advancement office at (586) 541-6250 or visit thepilothangar.com.