Menomonie High School

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Menomonie High School
1715 5th Street West
Menomonie, Wisconsin, Dunn County 54751
United States
Type public secondary
School district Menomonie Area School District
Principal David Muñoz
Staff 107+
Grades 9-12
Gender coed
Enrollment 984 [1]
Campus type urban
School colour(s) Maroon and gold
Athletics conference Big Rivers Conference
Nickname Mustangs (formerly Indians)

Menomonie High School is a public secondary school located in Menomonie, Wisconsin. The school has a student body of approximately 1,000 students with a staff of over 105. The Menomonie School District's only high school, it serves students in grades 9-12. The Menomonie High School's mascot is the Mustangs.


In May 2009, Menomonie High teacher Susan Turgeson was named 2009 National Teacher of the Year for Secondary-School Food Science Program by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).[2]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Clubs and extracurricular activities include DECA, SAGA, Forensics, KEY Club, FCCLA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Multi-Culture Club, Science Olympiad, FFA, Technology Club, FBLA, Chorus, Musicale, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Student Council, Academic Decathlon, and fall and spring plays.


Menomonie 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.


State championship - 1909


The Menomonie football team plays in Division II WIAA football. It is a five-time Wisconsin state champion (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2002), having made eight appearances in the state championship game (1985, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003). The team went undefeated, with records of 14-0 in 1997 and 2002 beating Germantown and Brookfield Central respectively. Menomonie High plays its home football games at Don and Nona Williams Stadium, which is also used by UW-Stout and the Menomonie Thunderhawks, a semi-pro football team.

Boys' hockey[edit]

State championship - 1991

MHS Athletic Booster Club[edit]

The Menomonie High School Athletic Booster Club supports MHS athletic programs.[3] A highlight each year is the Alumni Basketball Tournament, which includes alumni of all ages.[4] Held on the weekend before Easter, the alumni basketball and volleyball tournaments help the MHS Boosters raise money for MHS sports.[5]

Mascot controversy[edit]

In the late 1990s, the school eliminated the use of the "Indian" mascot. After a contentious school board election, the new school board members re-instated the Indian as the mascot.

A group of 11 Menomonie residents petitioned the school board to change the Indian logo. They asserted that "Schools ought to be teaching humanity along with other subject matters" and "The use of the Indians nickname sends a subliminal message to children that flies in the face of efforts to teach valued humanitarian principles."[6] Ultimately, Menomonie decided to retire the Indians nickname and imagery, adopting "Mustangs" as the new nickname in 2014.[7]

Science Olympiad[edit]

The Menomonie High School Science Olympiad team won the state championship and represented the state at the national competition in Washington D.C. on May 30–31, 2008, where they were awarded the Division C Team Spirit Award.[8]

On April 4, 2009, the team took home the state trophy for the second consecutive year, with a combined score of 46 points, using the National Science Olympiad scoring system.[9]

On April 10, 2010, the Menomonie High School Science Olympiad team took second in the state competition, behind West High School .[clarification needed]

On April 2, 2011, Menomonie High School reclaimed the state title, beating the closest team by 59 points.[10] The team went on to represent Wisconsin at the national competition in Madison, Wisconsin on May 21, 2011, at which they took 12th place overall, earning a third-place medal in Towers, a fourth-place medal in Optics, a fourth-place medal in Mousetrap Vehicle, and a sixth-place medal in Mission Possible.[11]

On April 5, 2014, Menomonie High School won the state title, beating Madison West team by 53 points, and placing in all but one event.[citation needed] The team represented Wisconsin in the National Science Olympiad competition in Orlando, Florida. The team placed second in Write It, Do it, and sixth in MagLev. The team also placed fifth place in exhibition event, Hydro-Geology.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "WIAA Member Schools Directory". 2015-08-13. Retrieved 2015-08-13. 
  2. ^ "Local Teacher Takes Home National Award for Work". WQOW. 2009-05-10. Retrieved 2015-08-13. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived April 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ [2] Archived March 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ [3] Archived April 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Chippewa Herald. "Dunn County News". Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Mustangs is choice for new nickname, ending long battle over Indians moniker". Leader-Telegram. 2014-12-01. Retrieved 2015-08-13. 
  8. ^ "Science Olympiad 2008 George Washington University". eHealth Science's Weblog. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "State Olympiad Championship Held at UW-Stout". WQOW. 2009-04-04. Retrieved 2015-08-13. 
  10. ^ "Menomonie Science Olympiad 2011 State Champs". Menomonie High School. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "MHS Science Olympiad Ranked 12th in Nation". Menomonie High School. Retrieved 29 November 2014. 

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