Greenfield High School (Wisconsin)

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Greenfield High School
Greenfield, Wisconsin
Motto Respect...Live it!
Established 1957
Oversight Greenfield School District
Principal Paul Thusius
Faculty 67+ [1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,289 [2]
Color(s) Green and Gold
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Mascot Hustlin' Hawks
Accreditation North Central Association[1]
Yearbook Spectrum

Greenfield High School is a public high school in Greenfield, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, located at 4800 S. 60th Street (the intersection of Layton Avenue and South 60th Street). Established in 1957, GHS represents one of the three school districts within the city of Greenfield (the other two being Whitnall and West Allis-West Milwaukee). It is a four-year public high school accredited by North Central Accrediting Association (NCA) and runs on a 53 minute, seven-period, two-semester schedule. The staff of 70+ teachers, three guidance counselors, three administrators, one school sociologist, one school psychologist, and 40+ support staff serve approximately 1,200 students.

GHS is a member of the WIAA and the Woodland Conference for athletics, and offers 10 boys' sports and 9 girls' sports. GHS extra-curricular organizations include National Honor Society, DECA, and YESS, as well as about 10 other clubs, including the Environmental Club, R.C. Club, Rocket Club, Film Society, the Air Force JROTC Program, and Outdoor Adventure Club.

Greenfield's long time athletic rivals are the Greendale High School Panthers and the crosstown rivals Whitnall High School Falcons, who joined Greenfield in the Woodland Conference in the 1997–98 school year.

Greenfield High School Band[edit]

Greenfield High school has two performance ensemble classes for band. Wind Ensemble is the premiere band ensemble. An audition is needed in order to take this class. For those who do not make it into wind ensemble or who wish for a less advanced performance class, there is a concert band. In addition to these two core classes, Greenfield has a pep band that plays at football and basketball games. There is also a jazz band that is open to all students, even those who are not enrolled in the band classes. On years when the school is putting on a musical, there is an auditioned pit orchestra. Greenfield’s band program is most well known for their marching band, known as the Hustling Hawks Marching Band. In 2012, after many years of marching only in parades, the marching band began competing in local and state competition.

Former band director David Carlton led the wind ensemble to success for over twenty years, accumulating several accolades and awards, including several gold medals for his students at the annual WSMA state solo and ensemble festival. In April 2007, Carlton led the wind ensemble to the Heritage Music Festival, an event where groups are critiqued on an international standard, and the Greenfield High School wind ensemble was awarded a gold rating and first place in their category, the highest honor available. Due to their success, the wind ensemble was invited to play at the Festival of Gold, but declined to do so because of graduating seniors from the previous year.

The Greenfield band program is also responsible for producing Dan Nimmer, a jazz pianist who tours with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

2010 Construction[edit]

In 2010, construction of the new Greenfield High School was completed. A new academic wing was built to replace the old, outdated wing from the original school. In addition, a brand new gymnasium was built, but not replacing the classic "Hawk Dome". The "Hawk Dome" Gymnasium was not remodeled, and currently is not regularly maintained. A natatorium was built with its ribon cutting on January 8, 2010. The new high school costs the City of Greenfield approximately $41 million to build. The high school includes a school store, a remodeled cafeteria, fitness center, and more. Outside of Greenfield High School, there is a track, along with tennis courts and baseball, soccer, and football fields. In addition to the high school, the Greenfield Board of Education built a new district office on the premises of Greenfield High School, where board meetings are now held.

On June 21, 2011 the new baseball field was rededicated to Greenfield High School Alumni Bob Wieland who was severely injured in Vietnam. Wieland made a personal appearance at the dedication.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Institution Summary, AdvancED, Retrieved 2012-07-08