Milwaukee City Conference

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The Milwaukee City Conference (also known as "City Conference") is a high school athletic conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. All full-time member institutions are located in the city of Milwaukee and are members of the Milwaukee Public Schools system. Its members participate in WIAA Division 1.


Institution Enrollment
[citation needed]
Nickname Colors Varsity Teams

(including co-op teams)

Bay View High School 1,706 Redcats Scarlet & Black 18
Lynde & Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School (Bradley Tech) 1,554 Trojans Purple & White 17
Custer High School 1,442 Cougars Red & White 13
Hamilton High School 2,226 Wildcats Green & Gold 18
Rufus King High School 1,474 Generals Royal Blue & Gold 18
Madison University High School 1,530 Knights Forest Green & White 19
Marshall High School 783 Eagles Scarlet Red & Columbia Blue 17
North Division High School 606 Blue Devils Blue & White 5
Pulaski High School 1,586 Rams Crimson Red & Navy Blue 17
Riverside University High School 1,572 Tigers Orange & Black 18
South Division High School 1,536 Cardinals Cardinal & White 17
Vincent High School 1,612 Vikings Maroon & Gold 17
Washington High School 1,062 Purgolders Purple & Gold 16

Affiliate members[edit]

The following schools are also members of the City Conference on a part-time basis:

Co-op teams[edit]

Because many of the City Conference schools are at a financial disadvantage compared to other schools, several co-op teams exist. These co-ops are usually between a full-time member and an affiliate member. If applicable, the "host" school is listed in bold.

  • Bay View & Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning (football, boys' & girls' tennis)
  • Pulaski & Milwaukee High School of the Arts (football, girls' volleyball, baseball, boys' tennis, girls' soccer)
  • Marshall & School Of Languages (football)
  • Ronald W. Reagan & Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning (girls' basketball)
  • Madison, Marshall, & School Of Languages (boys' tennis)
  • South Division & Bradley Tech (boys' tennis)
  • Pulaski, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, and Ronald W. Reagan (girls' and boys' swimming)
  • Riverside and Shorewood (wrestling)

Sanctioned sports[edit]

  • Boys and girls
    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track and field
  • Boys only
    • Baseball
    • Football
    • Wrestling
  • Girls only
    • Softball
    • Volleyball

WIAA championships[edit]

Boys' basketball[edit]

The City Conference did not allow its teams to compete in the WIAA tournament until the 1951-52 season. The now disbanded Lincoln High School became the first City team to win the state title in 1959. They won four more state titles (1961, 1962, 1966, and 1967) and are considered the tournament's first dynasty.[4]

Hamilton won the Class A title in 1972, the first year in which separate tournaments were held based on enrollment size. Three city schools won consecutive titles at the turn of the decade, as Milwaukee Tech (1979), North Division (1980) and Madison (1981) each took home a Class A crown. Milwaukee Tech (now Bradley Tech) repeated its success in 1983.

Since then, 14 of the titles have gone to one of three City schools: Rufus King (1984, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2004), Washington (1985, 1987, 1991, 1993) and Vincent (1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001).[5] Because of this, an intense rivalry has developed among the schools.

Boys' track and field[edit]

Vincent has won three Division 1 titles in Boys' Track & Field (2001, 2003 and 2005). Its success, however, is not unprecedented as South Division put together a string of five straight Class A (now known as Division 1) titles from 1985 to 1989. Other City Conference schools have made their presence felt during that time with North Division (1992) and Bradley Tech (1995) each having claimed a Division 1 title. King won in 2006.

Girls' basketball[edit]

Washington is one of three City Conference team to have won the WIAA Division 1 title, and have done it a record five times.[6] Its first Class A title came in 1979, and its second in 1990. They accomplished the first three-peat in girls' tournament history (in any division), winning the title in 1994, 1995 and 1996. Vincent has also won the title three, times 2007, 2008 and 2009. Riverside won its first WIAA Division 1 title in 2013. [1]

Girls' track and field[edit]

Since the WIAA Class A/Division 1 tournament was established in 1972, the following City schools that have won: Custer (1976), Riverside (1986), Bradley Tech (1996) and Rufus King (1989 and 2002).[7] In addition, athletes from the member schools hold five of the individual tournament records.[2]


There is often perceived to be a longstanding rift between the City Conference and the WIAA. Most recently, this has come to the forefront in the WIAA's decision to restrict travel outside of Wisconsin and its border states. The decision was made as a response to the practice of City Conference boys' basketball teams, which often traveled long distances to find competition. Athletic directors from City schools argued against the decision, saying the travel was paid for by the host school or event organizer.[3]

Supporters of City Conference schools also point out that its teams are often paired off against each other in the early rounds of WIAA tournaments, assuring that a minimal number of Milwaukee teams make it to the state finals.

The situation has caused some supporters to call for the City Conference to follow the lead of leagues in other major cities, such as Chicago and Philadelphia, to hold its own tournaments separate from the WIAA.

See also[edit]

List of high school athletic conferences in Wisconsin


External links and resources[edit]