Waukesha South High School

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Waukesha South High School
401 E. Roberta Ave

Type Public high school
School district Waukesha School District
PrincipalBecky Newcomer
Enrollment1,006 (2016-17) [1]
Campus Suburban
Color(s)Red, White & Black
MascotCardinal (Blackie the Blackshirt)
NewspaperThe Blackshirt

Waukesha South High School is one of three high schools located in Waukesha, Wisconsin. It was opened in 1957 as a southern campus to Waukesha High School, then in downtown Waukesha. The downtown campus is now, Les Paul Middle School - Central Campus. [2]

Waukesha, Wisconsin Place in Waukesha

Waukesha is a city in and the county seat of Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. It is part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Its population was 70,718 at the 2010 census. The city is adjacent to the Town of Waukesha.


Extra-curricular activities

Waukesha South is one of three schools whose students participate in C.O.R.E. 2062, a FIRST Robotics Team. The team won the Rookie All Star Award in 2007, the Wisconsin Regional (Milwaukee) in 2008, and the 10,000 Lakes Regional (Minneapolis) in 2010. In 2008, they also won the World Safety Award, the Wisconsin Regional Safety Award, the St. Louis Safety Award, the Entrepreneurship Award, the Website Award, in 2009 they won two Safety Awards, two Quality Awards, and an Animation Award. In 2015 C.O.R.E 2062 won regionals twice and made it to the world championship in St. Louis.

The Blackshirt Student Newspaper, or The Blackshirt, is an online student-run school newspaper. Founded in 2017 by a couple of students, the student-run publication has gone on to complete interviews with Olympic Athlete Whitney Ashley [3] and Max Temkin, a Forbes 30 Under 30 alumn & cofounder of the popular card game Cards Against Humanity. [4]

Whitney Ashley is an American athlete whose specialty is the discus throw.

Forbes 30 Under 30 is a set of lists issued annually by Forbes magazine and some of its regional editions. The American lists recognize 600 business and industry figures, with 30 selected in twenty industries each. Asia and Europe also each have ten categories, while Africa has a single list of 30 people. Forbes hosts associated conferences and a section of its website called 30 Under 30.

<i>Cards Against Humanity</i> party game

Cards Against Humanity is a party game in which players complete fill-in-the-blank statements using words or phrases typically deemed as offensive, risqué or politically incorrect printed on playing cards. It has been compared to the Apples to Apples card game and originated from a Kickstarter campaign. Its title refers to the phrase "crimes against humanity", reflecting its politically incorrect content.

The Academic Decathlon team took 3rd place in state competition in 2011 and was 1st among Division 1 schools.

Waukesha South's novice debate team placed seventh at state in 2010 and one of its members won Top Negative Speaker. South also had a Lincoln-Douglas debater qualify individually. The forensics team had all but one member qualify for state in 2011 and all achieved high honors.

In September 2011 South restarted Key Club. It is an avid volunteer group throughout the community with about 50 members. They have helped out with many charity events throughout the community including Apple Harvest Festival, Waukesha Artful Bowls, Minooka Mash, and Salvation Army bell ringing. As the school year progresses Waukesha South Key Club plans on having many more volunteer projects ahead.

Key Club

Key Club International, founded in 1925, is the oldest service program for high school students. Often referred to as simply Key Club, it is a student-led organization whose goal is to encourage leadership through serving others. Key Club International is a part of the Kiwanis International family of Service Leadership Programs (SLPs), specifically the Kiwanis Youth Programs (KYPs). Many local Key Clubs are sponsored by a local Kiwanis club.

South is the only school in the district to participate in the ComedySportz high school league. Students learn the fundamentals of improv before competing in league play run at the ComedySportz complex in Milwaukee.


ComedySportz (CSz) is an improvisational comedy organization started in 1984 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by a group of local comedians including Dick Chudnow, Bob Orvis, Brian Green, and others.


South is a member of the Classic 8 Conference for most athletics. South's boys' swim team won the state championship in 2010, 2011, and 2017, and placed second in 2011.[ citation needed ] The girls' swim team won the state championships in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and placed third at the state meet in 2009 and second in 2010.[ citation needed ] Both the boys' and girls' tennis teams were conference champions in the 2009-2010 school year, and the girls' team also won the honor in 2010-2011.[ citation needed ] The boys' basketball team reached the sectional semifinals in 2011,[ citation needed ] but fell to Germantown. Its dance team placed seventh at state in 2011.

Waukesha South's sports include: [5]

Waukesha South athletes, coaches, and fans won the Classic 8 Sportsmanship Award in 2015, 2016, and 2017.


Waukesha South's Bands, the Waukesha South Blackshirt Bands, include Concert, Wind & Symphonic, Jazz, Marching, and several ensembles. [6] The band curriculum focuses on music performance and music theory. The bands travel to local, domestic, and international venues. Locations have included Switzerland in 1974; England in 1998; New Orleans, Texas, and Florida in 2009; England, California, and Australia in 2011; and China in 2007.


Waukesha South's Orchestras include two skill levels; Symphony, and Chamber. [7] Both orchestras work together to focus on music theory, performance etiquette and musical technique in solo and ensemble performance. Orchestra performances periodically involve winds, brass, and percussion instruments to create a full symphony orchestra. The string players perform together within the community to boost awareness of the musical program. Community gigs includes partnership performances with the Waukesha Public Library, and an annual Flash Mob on opening night of Downtown Waukesha's Friday Night Live. [8]

The full Waukesha South Orchestra performed in collaboration with Milwaukee band, I'm Not A Pilot [9] in May 2015. The full Waukesha South Orchestra and indie rock band played a total of eight original I'm Not A Pilot songs written by band members Mark Glatzel, Adrian Esguerra, Peter Thomas, and Steve Vorass Jr. with orchestral scores arranged by Jim Gray.

Notable alumni

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