Memorial High School (Eau Claire, Wisconsin)
|Memorial High School|
|2225 Keith Street
Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701
|School district||Eau Claire Area School District|
|Superintendent||Mary Ann Hardebeck|
|School colour(s)||Purple and white|
|Fight song||On Memorial|
|Athletics conference||Big Rivers Conference|
|Rival||North (Eau Claire) High School|
|Website||Memorial High School|
The largest of Eau Claire's four high schools, Memorial is built on a three-block campus with a student enrollment of 1,737 and a staff of over 150. AP classes are offered in English, art, music, science, social sciences, and math. The school's mascot is Old Abe.
Memorial High School's band program consists of six concert bands and three jazz ensembles.
Memorial also has three orchestras.
Memorial has girls' and coed show choirs. They host one of the largest show choir competitions in Wisconsin, "Winterfest", which takes place the first weekend in February.
Memorial belongs to the Big Rivers Conference for athletics. It has teams in football, cross country, soccer, golf, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, hockey, wrestling, dance, baseball, softball, and track.
The boys' hockey team completed an undefeated season in 2007–2008, winning the WIAA state hockey championship. Games are played at the Hobbs Municipal Ice Center. The boys' team won the state division 1 tournament in 2013.
In the 2014 and 2015 cross country seasons, the Memorial High girls' team took first in the WIAA Division One State meet.
Homecoming election scandal
In the fall of 1992, the student elected as Homecoming Queen, who was five months pregnant at the time, was secretly denied the title by school officials, and the ballots were burned. An investigation by the superintendent found that the runner-up, who had been named the winner after the votes were counted, had actually lost by over 30 votes. The principal at the time resigned after the allegations were revealed, and other administrators were reprimanded.
- Larry Balow – former Wisconsin State Assembly member
- Jake Dowell – hockey player for the Chicago Blackhawks and University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Dave Duax – former Wisconsin Cabinet Secretary, Vice President of the Eau Claire City Council, and Chairman of the Eau Claire County Board.
- Ann Jones – writer, journalist, photographer, educator and civil rights activist
- Geoffrey Keezer – pianist
- Scott D. Legwold – U.S. National Guard general
- Paul Menard – NASCAR race car driver and son of local billionaire John Menard, owner of Menards
- Chuck Mencel – former basketball player for the Minneapolis Lakers
- Tom Poquette (1970) – Major League Baseball outfielder, 1973, 1976–1979, 1981–1982
- Justin Vernon – frontman for indie band Bon Iver
- Joe Bee Xiong – first Hmong person elected to public office in the United States
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- David L. Duax, February 1, 1944 - April 17, 2015. Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services.
- "Eau Claire Area School District - Tom Poquette - Class of 1970". www.ecasd.k12.wi.us. Retrieved January 10, 2018.