Wed, 08/10/2022 - 3:45pm
Michael Thomas Bass was born in 1945 to Thomas and Louise Bass. His parents–a doctor and a teacher–were influential members of Ypsilanti’s Black community. Bass excelled in football, basketball, and track. He was senior class president of Ypsilanti High School in 1963. He received a BA in Education from the University of Michigan. Bass is best known for playing in the National Football League for the Washington Commanders (formerly Redskins) from 1969 to 1975. After retiring from the NFL, Bass ran a resort in the Bahamas. He and his wife Rosita now reside in Florida and they have two daughters, Kimberly and Louise.
Ann Arbor News, August 26, 1953
NERVOUS BUT HAPPY: Thin and slightly nervous, but very happy, is Pfc. Robert W. Fletcher of Ypsilanti (left), first Washtenaw county prisoner of war to be returned from a North Korean prison camp. Here he converses with Eugene C. Beatty (right), principal of Ypsilanti's Harriet School, while his mother, Mrs. Mae Woodson (left), looks on. Friends and relatives surround Fletcher, who was formally welcomed in ceremonies this morning in front of the American Legion Post 408 Home on Worden St.
Ann Arbor News, February 26, 1958
Charles Eugene Beatty, Perry School Principal instructs his secretary, Mrs. Clyde Vick on the proper operation of the new intercommunication system which was installed in Perry School last fall. The instrument was paid for jointly by the Board of Education and the Parent-Teacher Association. Four schools have installed such equipment to be used as a new teaching aid.
Ann Arbor News, November 29, 1956
The newly named, Lawrence C. Perry School on Harriet St., was dedicated Wednesday night in the new gymnasium before a large crowd. School officials and special guests front row from left are, Rev. William P. Mooney, who lead benediction, Amos Washington, Mrs Mildred Harris, board trustees, Mrs Louise Bass, president of the school P.T.A., Dr. Arnold W. Brown, president of the school board, Rev. Thomas Smith leading invocation, Lawrence C. Perry Jr., the son of the late Lawrence Perry for whom the school was named, Dr. Clair L. Taylor, superintendent of public instruction, Charles E. Beatty, principal, Mrs Beth Milford, board member. Back row, from left, are Donald H. Porter, school business manager, Hugh Adams, trustee, Edward Kurtz, contractor, R. S. Gerganoff, architect, Judge James R. Breakey Jr., in memoriam speaker, Evart W. Ardis, superintendent of schools, Michael Bass, student council, Clyde Budd, school board and Edward Cuthbert. An open house and special music preceded the formal program.