|Wauwatosa West High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Wauwatosa School District|
|Faculty||63.1 (on FTE basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||16.34|
|Color(s)||Green & White|
|Athletics conference||Greater Metro|
|Newspaper||West Side Stories|
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.
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 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.
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.
Overcrowding of the city's only high school led the city to build a new high school on the west side of the newly enlarged city. Built in 1960 at 11100 West Center Street and opened in 1961, it was called Wauwatosa West High School. The original high school was renamed Wauwatosa East. Because the Longfellow and Hawthorne Junior High Schools were also overcrowded, another school was built in 1969 just west of this building at 11400 West Center Street. When the new building opened, it became Wauwatosa West High School, and the previous building became Whitman Junior High School.Originally scheduled for completion in 1970, a fire damaged part of the building during construction, delaying its opening until 1971.
In 1993, an associate principal was shot and killed by a 21-year-old former student.
As of the 2014–15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,031 students and 63.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 16.34.
Full-time equivalent (FTE) or whole time equivalent (WTE) is a unit that indicates the workload of an employed person in a way that makes workloads or class loads comparable across various contexts. FTE is often used to measure a worker's or student's involvement in a project, or to track cost reductions in an organization. An FTE of 1.0 is equivalent to a full-time worker or student, while an FTE of 0.5 signals half of a full work or school load.
The school won the Wisconsin State Boys Volleyball Championship in 1964, defeating Antigo High School in a pool of 70 participating schools.
The boys' swimming team won the 1971 state championship, defeating runner-up Waukesha High School in a field of 77 participating schools.
The city on June 4, 2002 gave Wauwatosa West the go-ahead to begin construction on a $1.5 million upgrade of its athletic facilities.
The school is one of five on the Wauwatosa Wild Co-Op hockey team, which includes players from Wauwatosa West, Wauwatosa East, New Berlin West, New Berlin Eisenhower, and Whitnall. Their home rink is the Pettit National Ice Center.
Student musicians and thespians participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, including band, orchestra, and theater.
The band department's performing groups include marching band, pep band, concert band, and jazz band.The band traveled to Hawaii in April 2015, visiting and performing at the Pearl Harbor Memorial.
The symphony orchestra and concert orchestra perform throughout the year, including a holiday "Kinderkonzert" for children in the community.
The theater department, known as the Trojan Players, puts on two major productions each year.
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