Madison West High School

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Madison West High School
30 Ash Street
Madison, Wisconsin, 53726
United States
Coordinates 43°4′7″N 89°25′33″W / 43.06861°N 89.42583°W / 43.06861; -89.42583Coordinates: 43°4′7″N 89°25′33″W / 43.06861°N 89.42583°W / 43.06861; -89.42583
Type Public secondary
Established 1930
School district Madison Metropolitan School District
Principal Beth Thompson
Grades 9–12
Number of students approx. 2,400 (2013-2014)
Color(s) Maize and Blue         
Athletics conference Big 8 Conference
Mascot Reggie the Regent (A lion)
Accreditation AdvancED
Newspaper Regent Reporter
Yearbook Westward Ho

Madison West High School is a comprehensive four-year high school in Madison, Wisconsin. It was founded in 1930. Its athletics teams compete in the WIAA Big Eight Conference.

Madison West serves students from four municipalities: Madison, the town of Madison, Shorewood Hills and Fitchburg.


Madison West's advanced placement classes include French, Spanish, U.S. Government & Politics, U.S. History, European History, Statistics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science A, Physics, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Music Theory.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Model United Nations[edit]

West's Model United Nations began in 2011 with a strong showing in persuasive and peaceful diplomacy in various Midwestern competitions. A savvy student body of officers presides over 15 to 20 other delegates advised by teachers in the Social Studies Department.

Rocket Club[edit]

Madison West Rocket Club was started in 2003. In 2009, it placed first in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) national finals.[4] Madison West won the national championship again in 2012 when Team 13551 bested 99 other finalists,[5] becoming the first high school to win the contest twice.[6][not in citation given]

Science Olympiad[edit]

The Madison West Science Olympiad team was begun in 1985. The West team placed in the top 10 in the national tournament in 3 consecutive years from 1989 to 1991, placing 2nd in 1989.[7]

Sheepshead Club[edit]

Since its inception in 2009, the Sheepshead Club has been a popular daily lunchtime attraction.[8] The club is entirely student-run, with co-presidents elected yearly based on proficiency at the game of sheepshead and other factors such as seniority.

Sports Conversation Club[edit]

The Sports Conversation Club was begun in 2010. It meets every Tuesday to discuss contemporary sports topics. It is mediated by West High physical education teachers.


West Latin is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Junior Classical League, which itself is an affiliate of the National Junior Classical League. Its Certamen teams are often successful at the WJCL convention, most recently with its Latin 4 team winning the state championship in 2014.

DECA Marketing Club[edit]

The West DECA Chapter is a member of the Wisconsin Chapter of the Central Regions in DECA. Members participate in competition on the regional, state, and international level. Each year, West DECA sends students to the International Career Development Conference (ICDC) for competition.



The 2012 girls' cross-country team celebrated its fourth consecutive conference championship on October 15, 2012.[9] It took first in all but the Midwest Invitational in Janesville, Wisconsin. The 2012 boys' cross country team won the D1 state championship,[10] making it their sixth state title.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Infobox data validation. Archived 12 February 2011 at WebCite
  2. ^ "West High School". Madison Metropolitan School District. Retrieved 18 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Institution Summary, AdvancED, Retrieved 2012-07-08
  4. ^ TARC 2009 Contest Standings
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Matthew Defour, "Madison West team will represent US in international rocket competition," Wisconsin State Journal, July 12, 2012. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  7. ^ "Science Olympiad national results". 
  8. ^ West High School Clubs and Activities Page
  9. ^ Conference Champs! (4th year in a row!)
  10. ^ Semrau. "WIAA Cross Country". 
  11. ^ "Tammy Baldwin's personal website". Retrieved 2012-11-06. 
  12. ^ Borowski, Greg (October 8, 2006). "Doyle Profile, Part 1: Seeds for race planted early" (ASPX). Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved December 6, 2006. 
  13. ^ " entry for Reece Gaines". Retrieved 2006-12-06. 
  14. ^ Moe, Doug (2006-07-22). "A Poker Story, A Madison Story". The Capital Times, Retrieved 2006-12-07. 
  15. ^ "Midday show". 2011-03-30. Event occurs at 10:05am. WIXX.

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