Waunakee High School

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Waunakee High School
301 Community Drive

United States
Coordinates 43°11′00″N89°27′25″W / 43.18327°N 89.45704°W / 43.18327; -89.45704 Coordinates: 43°11′00″N89°27′25″W / 43.18327°N 89.45704°W / 43.18327; -89.45704
TypePublic Secondary
School districtWaunakee Community
PrincipalBrian Borowski (2019-)
Assistant PrincipalEric Huttenburg, Steve Hernandez, Deanne Lensert
Teaching staff145 (all staff)
Enrollment1,248 (2016-17) [1]
Purple and White
Nickname Warriors
RivalDeForest Norskies
NewspaperThe Purple Sage

Waunakee High School is a public high school located in Waunakee, Wisconsin. It is part of the Waunakee Community School District and part of the Badger Conference in athletics.

Waunakee, Wisconsin Village in Wisconsin, United States

Waunakee is a village in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 12,097 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. Waunakee bills itself as "The Only Waunakee in the World." The village was named as #78 in CNN Money's "Top 100 Best Places to Live" for small towns in 2009.

The Badger Conference is a high school athletic conference comprising 16 high schools in south-central Wisconsin. Established in 1951, the Badger Conference is a member of the WIAA. The conference is divided into north and south divisions.



A new commons area, field house, pool, 679-seat performing arts center, and wing of classrooms were added to the original building in 2005. [2] There is a rock art mural displaying Wisconsin's natural and cultural history in the commons. [3]

Extracurricular activities


Athletic teams include:

Waunakee has had a long time rivalry with fellow Badger North Conference member the DeForest Norskies.

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Golf (girls)

  • 2010 State champion [4]

Aquatic center

Waunakee High School is equipped with an eight-lane, twenty-five yard pool that is home to the Waunakee Warriors boys' and girls' swim teams. The aquatic center is also open for the community and non-community members for open family swims, fitness swims, swimming lessons and more. [5]

Student newspaper

Waunakee High School’s monthly newspaper is called the Purple Sage. The Purple Sage is printed along with Waunakee’s community newspaper, the Waunakee Tribune. [6] They also have a school literary journal known as Purple Ink.

Kokopelli Kafe

Located in Waunakee High School’s school store is Kokopelli Kafe, a coffee shop that sells beverages and treats. Kokopelli Kafe is run by Waunakee High School's students with special needs. It teaches the students transitional work skills and provides interaction between students. Kokopelli Kafe philosophy is reflected in the goal: “Kokopelli Kafe is a school based business that enables students to learn functional, transitional, vocational, and social skill in a “real life” environment.” [7]


Waunakee High School offers clubs relating to construction, arts, chemicals, agriculture, sports, culture, business, and more. Students in Pay it Forward participate in volunteer work and support local and distant communities. Clubs are set up and run by students and staff. Clubs include Science Olympiad, Gaming Club, Science Club, Model United Nations, Aviation Club, Above the Influence Club, Spanish Club, Drama Club, French Club, FBLA, DECA, FFA, HOSA, SkillsUSA, GSA, FCCLA, Mock Trial, Pay it Forward, National Honor Society (regular, art, and Spanish), and Fishing Club. [8]

Fine arts

Waunakee's Fine Arts Department includes programs in band, orchestra, choir, and drama. Offerings include concert band, symphonic band, wind ensemble, Warrior band, jazz ensemble, jazz combo, chorale, concert choir, Grazioso, a capella choir, Kee Notes vocal jazz, philharmonic orchestra, chamber orchestra, symphony orchestra, folk band, music theory and composition, jazz improvisation, and music history.

The WHS drama department participates in the WHSFA One Act Festival each fall. On the first weekend in May, it produces a musical in even-numbered years and a full length non-musical play in odd-numbered years.

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