Milwaukee City Conference

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The Milwaukee City Conference (also known as "City Conference") is a high school athletic conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. All full-time member institutions are located in the city of Milwaukee and are members of the Milwaukee Public Schools system. Its members participate in WIAA Division 1.

Membership[edit]

Institution Enrollment
[citation needed]
Nickname Colors Varsity Teams

(including co-op teams)

Bay View High School 725 Redcats Scarlet & Black 18
Lynde & Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School (Bradley Tech) 1,060 Trojans Purple & White 17
Career & Tech Ed High School 448 Cougars Red & White 13
Hamilton High School 1,700 Wildcats Green & Gold 18
Rufus King High School 1,486 Generals Royal Blue & Gold 18
Madison University High School 940 Knights Forest Green & White 19
Morse.Marshall High School 795 Eagles Scarlet Red & Columbia Blue 17
North Division High School 499 Blue Devils Blue & White 5
Pulaski High School 1,371 Rams Crimson Red & Navy Blue 17
Riverside University High School 1,595 Tigers Orange & Black 18
South Division High School 1,445 Cardinals Cardinal & White 17
Vincent High School 1,328 Vikings Maroon & Gold 17
Washington High School 800 Purgolders Purple & Gold 16

Affiliate members[edit]

The following schools are members of the City Conference on a part-time basis [clarification needed]:

Co-op teams[edit]

Several co-op teams exist in the conference. These co-op teams usually include a full-time member and an affiliate member. The "host" school is listed in bold.

  • Bay View & Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning (football, boys' & girls' tennis)
  • Pulaski & Milwaukee High School of the Arts (football, girls' volleyball, baseball, boys' tennis, girls' soccer)
  • Marshall & School Of Languages (football)
  • Ronald W. Reagan & Wisconsin Conservatory of Lifelong Learning (girls' basketball)
  • Madison, Marshall, & School Of Languages (boys' tennis)
  • South Division & Bradley Tech (boys' tennis)
  • Pulaski, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, and Ronald W. Reagan (girls' and boys' swimming)
  • Riverside and Shorewood (wrestling)

Sanctioned sports[edit]

  • Boys and girls
    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track and field
  • Boys only
    • Baseball
    • Football
    • Wrestling
  • Girls only
    • Softball
    • Volleyball

WIAA championships[edit]

Spring Baseball[edit]

Bradley Tech (formerly Boys Tech) won the lone state championship for City Conference members in 1948, the inaugural year. [7]

Boys' basketball[edit]

The City Conference did not allow its teams to compete in the WIAA tournament until the 1951-52 season. The now disbanded Lincoln High School became the first City team to win the state title in 1959. It won four more state titles (1961, 1962, 1966, and 1967).[8]

Hamilton won the Class A title in 1972, the first year in which separate tournaments were held based on enrollment size. Three city schools won consecutive titles when Milwaukee Tech (1979), North Division (1980) and Madison (1981) each took home a Class A crown. Milwaukee Tech (now Bradley Tech) repeated its success in 1983.

Since then, 14 titles have gone to one of three City schools: Rufus King (1984, 1991, 1995, 2003, 2004), Washington (1985, 1987, 1990, 1993) and Vincent (1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001).[1]

Boys' track and field[edit]

South Division put together a string of five consecutive Class A (now Division 1) titles from 1985 to 1989. Vincent has won three Division 1 titles in boys' track and field (2001, 2003 and 2005). North Division (1992) and Bradley Tech (1995) have each claimed a Division 1 title. King won in 2006.

Girls' basketball[edit]

Washington is one of three City Conference team to have won the WIAA Division 1 title five times, a public school record.[2] Its first Class A title came in 1979, and its second in 1990. The team accomplished the first three-peat in girls' tournament history (in any division), winning the title in 1994, 1995 and 1996. Vincent has also won the title three times: 2007, 2008 and 2009. Riverside won its first WIAA Division 1 title in 2013.[3]

Girls' track and field[edit]

Since the WIAA Class A/Division 1 tournament was established in 1972, the following City schools have won: Custer (1976), Riverside (1986, 2012), Bradley Tech (1996, 2009, 2010, 2011) and Rufus King (1989, 2002, 2016).[4] Athletes from the member schools hold five individual and three relay-team state tournament records.[5]

Controversy[edit]

Recently[when?] the WIAA decided to restrict travel outside Wisconsin and its border states. The decision was made as a response to the practice of City Conference boys' basketball teams, which often traveled long distances to find competition. Athletic directors from City schools argued against the decision, saying the travel was paid for by the host school or event organizer.[6]

The situation has caused some supporters to call for the City Conference to follow the lead of leagues in other major cities, such as Chicago and Philadelphia, to hold its own tournaments separate from the WIAA.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

List of high school athletic conferences in Wisconsin

References[edit]

External links and resources[edit]