Washington Park High School

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Washington Park High School
Logo of Washington Park High School.png
Established 1928 (1928)
Type Public secondary
Principal Daniel Thielen
Students 2,400 (approx)
Grades 9 though 12
Location Racine, Wisconsin, USA
Coordinates 42°43′5.64″N 87°48′16.6″W / 42.7182333°N 87.804611°W / 42.7182333; -87.804611Coordinates: 42°43′5.64″N 87°48′16.6″W / 42.7182333°N 87.804611°W / 42.7182333; -87.804611
Colors Orange      and Blue      and White     
Mascot Panthers
Yearbook Kipikawi
Newspaper The Beacon
Website http://www.racinepark.org

Washington Park High School (also known as Park or Racine Park High School) is a public, four-year high school in Racine, Wisconsin with an enrollment of over 2,400 students. Its school colors are blue and orange. The school's mascot, the panther, was adopted by the Class of 1949, reportedly because of a nearby Native American effigy mound in the shape of a panther.

History[edit]

The school traces its roots to 1852 when Racine High School, the first public school in Wisconsin opened. In 1926, the Racine School Board decided to replace Racine High School with a new school that would eventually become Park. The new Washington Park High School opened in 1928. About the same time, malted milk magnate William Horlick opened his own school on the north side of Racine, setting up the long-time rivalry between the two institutions.

Much of the history and memorabilia (including art, awards and traditions) from Racine High School were moved to Park. The statue of Joan of Arc that was donated by the Racine High School Class of 1904 is displayed in Park's foyer. The school's newspaper, The Beacon (a reference to Racine's Wind Point Lighthouse), and the school yearbook Kipikawi (a Native American name for the Root River), were also both carried over from Racine High School.

Athletics[edit]

Park's sports teams compete in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA)'s Southeast Conference with schools from Racine, Kenosha and southern Milwaukee, including Park's long-time, crosstown rival Horlick High School and Case High School, the other major high schools in Racine. Park is the only Division 1 high school in Wisconsin to have won a state championship in football, basketball, and baseball and track[1]

Rivalry with William Horlick[edit]

Park has a long standing rivalry with William Horlick athletic teams, known locally as The Great Rivalry or more informally as Park/Horlick. The rivalry originated in 1928, when the two schools opened. The rivalry is most notable between the schools' football teams who have played at least once every year since 1928.[2]

State championships[edit]

Sport Years
Boys' Baseball 1993
Boys' Basketball 1943
Girls' Basketball 1997
Boys' Cross Country 1948, 1949
Boys' Golf 1931, 1947, 1948, 1958, 1968, 1970, 1973
Girls' Gymnastics (combined Racine team) 1997, 1998, 2004
Boys' Football 1988, 2005
Boys' Tennis 1931
Boys' Track 1974, 1997, 1998, 2000
Girls' Track 1978
Boys' Wrestling 1967, 1969

School song[edit]

Hail to thee, Park High.
Hail thy orange and blue.
Thy light shall guide us,
Thy beacon bright and true.
We'll serve thee always.
This our pledge shall be:
Park High, forever,
Hail, hail, hail to thee

Notable graduates[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ sportsindex
  2. ^ Sweeney, Nicole (2004-05-08). "Park High School turns 75". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 

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