Divine Savior Holy Angels High School

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Divine Savior Holy Angels High School
DSHA logo
Preparing Young Women Intellectually, Spiritually and Personally
4257 North 100th Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, (Milwaukee County), 53222-1391
United States
Coordinates 43°5′40″N 88°2′21″W / 43.09444°N 88.03917°W / 43.09444; -88.03917Coordinates: 43°5′40″N 88°2′21″W / 43.09444°N 88.03917°W / 43.09444; -88.03917
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic,
Sisters of the Divine Savior
Established 1892 (Holy Angels),
1926 (Divine Savior)
CEEB Code 501-350
President Ellen S. Bartel
Principal Dan Quesnell
Faculty 61
Grades 912
Enrollment 658 (2010-2011)
Average class size 22
Student to teacher ratio 11:1
Campus suburban
Campus size 20 acres
Color(s) Red, gold and white             
Athletics conference Greater Metro Conference
Sports Basketball - Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshman

Cross Country - Varsity, Junior Varsity (non-cut sport) Field Hockey - Club Sport (non-cut sport) Golf - Varsity, Junior Varsity Ice Hockey - Co-op WIAA Varsity sport (non-cut sport) Rugby - Club Sport (non-cut sport) Skiing - Varsity, Junior Varsity (non-cut sport) Soccer - Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshman Softball - Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshman Swimming & Diving - Varsity, Junior Varsity (non-cut sport) Tennis - Varsity, Junior Varsity Track & Field - Varsity, Junior Varsity (non-cut sport) Volleyball - Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshman

Mascot Penny the Penguin
Team name Dashers
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Average SAT scores 626 (verbal); 613 (math); 644 (writing) (2010)
Average ACT scores 26.9 composite (2010)
Newspaper The Word
Yearbook Retrospect
Tuition $11,000
Athletic Director Peggy Seegers-Braun

Divine Savior Holy Angels High School (DSHA) is an all-girls Roman Catholic high school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee and sponsored by the Sisters of the Divine Savior.


The school was formed in 1970 with the merger of Divine Savior High School and Holy Angels Academy. Divine Savior High School (DS) was established in 1926 by the Sisters of the Divine Savior as a convent school, but opened its doors to lay students in 1948. In 1951, DS moved to a new building near 100th Street and Capitol Drive. Holy Angels (HA) was founded in 1892 by the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary at 12th Street and Cedar Street (now Kilbourn Avenue) in Milwaukee.

Demographic and economic pressures in the 1960s led to a merger of the two schools and communities in 1970. Kenneth Grover was the first lay principal of the newly merged school. Dr. Angela T. Pienkos (DS '58) succeeded him in 1976.

Changes to the school in the past decade include construction of the Marie Esser Hansen (HA '43) Library, a computer laboratory and business computer classroom in 1996, and the Rose A. Monaghan Science Center and lecture hall in 1998. In 2003, the school was dramatically altered with the addition of the Robert and Marie Hansen Family Fine Arts Theatre, the Fridl Family Foyer, the Quad (a new cafeteria donated by Betty Quadracci), a new art suite, and new administrative areas. These physical changes were accompanied by a new strategic plan, revised mission and vision statements, a new logo, and new school uniforms.


In 2010-2011, the school enrolled 658 young women from the Milwaukee area and surrounding counties, drawing from over 115 parochial, private, and public schools throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Non-Catholic student enrollment was 10%. Student of color enrollment was 19%.

Financial aid and work study grants are available.


As a college prep high school, Divine Savior Holy Angels provides honors-level and Advanced Placement courses, as well as electives in visual arts, computer science, physical education, journalism, speech, music, dance, and theater arts. Languages offered are Spanish, French, and Latin. Students are required to complete theology courses all four years, plus overnight retreats and community service.

The Latin program has achieved success at the Wisconsin Junior Classical League's Latin Convention, with a third-place overall showing in 2005 and first place in the spirit competition.

For the last several years, approximately 99% of the DSHA graduates have pursued post-secondary education.[citation needed] The graduating class of 2008 sent 100% to four-year colleges or universities.

Extra curricular activities[edit]

DSHA performs a large-scale musical in the fall, a winter play, a spring play or showcase, and a large-scale, community musical in the summer. The DSHA theater department also offers various curricular classes to students in performance, play-writing, and stagecraft for school credit.

The high school also has an active student council, a Model UN,forensics team, National Honor Society, foreign exchange programs, and culture and hobby-orientated clubs. The school publishes a monthly newspaper entitled The Word, a literary magazine, an online magazine entitled The Story, and an annual yearbook.

As a Catholic school, volunteering in the community is required for students in all four years. There are a variety of service-oriented student clubs, such as the Campus Ministry Council. Students also must attend Mass once or twice a month, and are required to attend retreats.

The following sports are offered at DSHA: basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, rugby, downhill ski racing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and ice hockey. In the last few years, the DSHA rugby team has won the girls' regional tournament seven times running, as of 2009. The team also won the girls' national competition in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, making them the defeated champions in the division.

The school colors are red and yellow.

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