Joseph A. Craig High School

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Joseph A. Craig High School
Janesville, Wisconsin
United States
Type Public
Established 1954
Oversight Janesville School District
Principal Dr. Alison Bjoin
Grades 9–12
Number of students 1800
Color(s)           Blue & White
Athletics conference WIAA Big Eight Conference
Nickname Big Blue
Team name Cougars
Rival George S. Parker High School
Newspaper The Criterion
Yearbook The Phoenix
Girls' basketball game with crosstown rival Parker during the 2004–2005 season

Joseph A. Craig High School is a public high school located in the city of Janesville, Wisconsin. Constructed in 1954 as Janesville Senior High School, it was renamed Craig High School in 1967 when George S. Parker High School was built on the west side of the city. Craig has a student enrollment of approximately 1,800. Located on the east side of Janesville, it is named after Joseph A. Craig, who was instrumental in attracting the General Motors Janesville Assembly plant to the city.


The school sports teams compete in the Big Eight Conference. State level competition is governed by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA).


  • 1983 State champion; beat Milwaukee Tech, 4-2
  • 1984 State champion; beat Stevens Point, 8-2
  • 1998 State champion; beat La Crosse Central, 7-1
  • 2015 State champion; beat Kimberly, 2-0

Cross Country (Girls)[edit]

  • 1991 State champion; beat La Crosse Central, 82-122

The championships listed below were won by Janesville High School before there were two schools in the city.

Cross Country (Boys)[edit]

  • 1950 State champion; beat Milwaukee Bay View, 82-94
  • 1961 State champion; beat Milwaukee Custer, 60-70
  • 1962 State champion; beat Milwaukee Washington, 44-70

Golf (Boys)[edit]

  • 1951 State champion; beat Racine Horlick, 317-323 (shortened to 18 holes due to weather)
  • 1953 State champion; beat Madison West, 638-668
  • 1963 State champion; beat Jefferson, 608-617

Swimming & Diving (Boys)[edit]

  • 1955 State champion; beat Whitefish Bay, 49-36
  • 1961 State champion; beat Waukesha, 66.5-62


  • 1955 Co-State champion; tied Madison East, 17-17

Notable alumni[edit]

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