Memorial High School (Eau Claire, Wisconsin)

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Memorial High School
Memorial High School is located in Wisconsin
Memorial High School
Memorial High School
2225 Keith Street
Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701
United States
Coordinates 44°47′45″N 91°28′20″W / 44.79585°N 91.47211°W / 44.79585; -91.47211Coordinates: 44°47′45″N 91°28′20″W / 44.79585°N 91.47211°W / 44.79585; -91.47211
Type Public secondary
School district Eau Claire Area School District
Superintendent Mary Ann Hardebeck[1]
School code 500575
Principal Trevor Kohlhepp
Staff 167
Grades 9–12
Gender coed
Enrollment 1704
School colour(s)           Purple and white
Fight song On Memorial
Athletics conference Big Rivers Conference
Nickname Old Abes
Rival North (Eau Claire) High School

Memorial High School is one of two public high schools in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, the other being North High School. The two private secondary schools in the city are Immanuel Lutheran and Regis.

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.

Show choirs[edit]

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.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed] Games are played at the Hobbs Municipal Ice Center. The boys' team won the state division 1 tournament in 2013.[citation needed]

Cross country[edit]

In the 2014 and 2015 cross country seasons, the Memorial High girls' team took first in the WIAA Division One State meet.[citation needed]

Homecoming election scandal[edit]

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.[2] The principal at the time resigned after the allegations were revealed,[3] and other administrators were reprimanded.[4]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ Eau Claire School District. About our District Archived January 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Pregnant girl denied homecoming queen title, official says". The Tuscaloosa Newsa. Associated Press. Retrieved January 10, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Principal Resigns Amid Homecoming Election Flap". Orlando Sentinel. October 14, 1992. Retrieved January 10, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Queengate Cover-Up". Time. October 26, 1992. Retrieved January 10, 2018. 
  5. ^ David L. Duax, February 1, 1944 - April 17, 2015. Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services.
  6. ^ "Eau Claire Area School District - Tom Poquette - Class of 1970". Retrieved January 10, 2018.