Wauwatosa East High School

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Wauwatosa East High School
7500 Milwaukee Ave

Wisconsin 53213

United States
Coordinates 43°03′12″N88°00′23″W / 43.05327°N 88.00632°W / 43.05327; -88.00632 Coordinates: 43°03′12″N88°00′23″W / 43.05327°N 88.00632°W / 43.05327; -88.00632
Type Public high school
Establishedas Wauwatosa Senior High School, 1897; as Wauwatosa East, 1960
School district Wauwatosa School District
PrincipalNick Hughes
Number of students1,088 (2016-17) [1]
Athletics conference WIAA Greater Metro Conference
MascotCaptain Red
Nickname Red Raiders
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
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Wauwatosa East High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school in the city of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. It is part of the Wauwatosa School District. The school was originally known as Wauwatosa Senior High School until the opening of Wauwatosa West High School in September 1961. The first graduating class of Wauwatosa East High School was in June 1962. Today, the school is often colloquially referred to as Tosa East.

Wauwatosa, Wisconsin City in Wisconsin, United States

Wauwatosa is a city in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 46,396 at the 2010 census. Wauwatosa is located immediately west of Milwaukee, and is a part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. It is named after the Potawatomi Chief Wauwataesie and the Potawatomi word for firefly.

Wisconsin U.S. state in the United States

Wisconsin is a U.S. state located in the north-central United States, in the Midwest and Great Lakes regions. It is bordered by Minnesota to the west, Iowa to the southwest, Illinois to the south, Lake Michigan to the east, Michigan to the northeast, and Lake Superior to the north. Wisconsin is the 23rd largest state by total area and the 20th most populous. The state capital is Madison, and its largest city is Milwaukee, which is located on the western shore of Lake Michigan. The state is divided into 72 counties.

The Wauwatosa School District is a comprehensive community public school district that serves student in kindergarten through twelfth grade from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, United States.



The first high school in Wauwatosa opened at the site of the current Wauwatosa East in 1871. [2] Originally known as Wauwatosa High School, the school's name was changed to Wauwatosa East High School in September, 1961 after a rival high school was built on the west side of the city.

Wauwatosa West High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school located in the city of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, United States. West opened in 1960/1961 as a sister-school to Wauwatosa East High School; together they are part of the Wauwatosa School District.

Much of the current structure was built in the second half of the 20th century. This resulted in substantial alterations to the original design of the building, including the removal of its tower and the closing of the school's third floor, which is now used by the district for storage. A restoration project in the early 2000s uncovered several Works Progress Administration murals on the walls of what was formerly the school's main entrance; the murals had been painted in the 1930s during the New Deal era and subsequently covered up.

Works Progress Administration United States federal New Deal agency charged with creating work in the 1930s and 1940s

The Works Progress Administration was an American New Deal agency, employing millions of job-seekers to carry out public works projects, including the construction of public buildings and roads. It was established on May 6, 1935, by Executive Order 7034. In a much smaller project, Federal Project Number One, the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects. The four projects dedicated to these were: the Federal Writers’ Project (FWP), the Historical Records Survey (HRS), the Federal Theatre Project (FTP), the Federal Music Project (FMP), and the Federal Art Project (FAP). In the Historical Records Survey, for instance, many former slaves in the South were interviewed; these documents are of great importance for American history. Theater and music groups toured throughout America, and gave more than 225,000 performances. Archaeological investigations under the WPA were influential in the rediscovery of pre-Columbian Native American cultures, and the development of professional archaeology in the US.

New Deal Economic programs of U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt

The New Deal was a series of programs, public work projects, financial reforms, and regulations enacted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the United States between 1933 and 1936. It responded to needs for relief, reform, and recovery from the Great Depression. Major federal programs included the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the Civil Works Administration (CWA), the Farm Security Administration (FSA), the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 (NIRA) and the Social Security Administration (SSA). They provided support for farmers, the unemployed, youth and the elderly. The New Deal included new constraints and safeguards on the banking industry and efforts to re-inflate the economy after prices had fallen sharply. New Deal programs included both laws passed by Congress as well as presidential executive orders during the first term of the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The sports teams are named the Red Raiders. They were once represented by a logo of a cartoon Native American brave in warpaint and a mascot dressed as a Native American. In 2006 this came under protest, which led to the logo being changed to a shield with the letters 'TE' on the front and crossed spears behind and the mascot becoming changed to a pirate. [3]


The school has varsity level sports teams for both men and women, including volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, football, golf, wrestling, tennis, swimming and diving, cross country, track and field, hockey, and the Poms dance squad.

Intramural sports include Ultimate Frisbee, IBA (basketball), and skiing.

State championships [4]

Wauwatosa East High School Hall of Fame [5]

The inaugural Hall of Fame class was inducted on 30 May 2015. The class of 65 included 22 coaches and 43 athletes.

Extracurricular activities

The school's drama organization is the Wauwatosa East Players. The school stages two theatrical productions each year, one in fall and one in spring. All productions are staged in the Dale K. Hidde Theatre, named for the school's long-time theatrical director, which also serves as the school's auditorium and is home to the independently run Wauwatosa East Student Play Festival.

Wauwatosa East's clubs include Quill and Scroll, The Cardinal Pennant Yearbook, The Cardinal News (student newspaper), National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, French Honor Society, German Club, German Honor Society, The Wauwatosa East chapter of the Junior Classical League, Linguistics Club, Philosophy Club, National Art Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, BattleBots, Chess Club, HOSA, SMART Team, Key Club, Amnesty International, AFS, Gay-Straight Alliance, STAND, International Thespian Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Forensics, Destination Imagination, We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution, CAFÉ, Key Club, Health Occupations Students of America, Latin Club, Art Club, Intramural Basketball Association (IBA), Science Club, Visual Arts Classic Team, Best Buddies, and Student Council.

Quill and Scroll is an international high school journalism honor society that recognizes and encourages both individual and group achievements in scholastic journalism. According to the Quill and Scroll website, over 14,104 high schools in all 50 U.S. states and 44 countries have established local chapters. The organization was founded on April 10, 1926, and is based out of the University of Iowa.

National Honor Society nationwide organization in the United States

The National Honor Society (NHS) is a nationwide organization for high school students in the United States and outlying territories, which consists of many chapters in high schools. Selection is based on four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The National Honor Society requires some sort of service to the community, school, or other organizations. The time spent working on these projects contributes towards the monthly service hour requirement. The National Honor Society was founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The Alpha chapter of NHS was founded at Fifth Avenue High School by Principal Edward S. Rynearson in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Société Honoraire de Français is an organization whose intent is to recognize high school students in the United States who have maintained excellent grades in at least three semesters of French language courses; this is done by induction into the organization.


In 2008, Wauwatosa East was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School. [6]

Notable alumni

Scott Nichol (born 1960), Assistant to the White House Press Secretary (Tony Snow) George W. Bush Administration

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