Waunakee High School

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Waunakee High School
101 School Drive
Waunakee, Wisconsin
United States
Coordinates 43°11′00″N 89°27′25″W / 43.18327°N 89.45704°W / 43.18327; -89.45704Coordinates: 43°11′00″N 89°27′25″W / 43.18327°N 89.45704°W / 43.18327; -89.45704
Type Public Secondary
Established 1904
School district Waunakee Community
Principal Brian Kersten
Campus Director Brian Borowski
Headmaster Brian Grabarski
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,000-1,250
Color(s) Purple and White
Mascot Waunakee Warriors
Nickname Warriors
Rival DeForest Norskies
Newspaper The Purple Sage
Yearbook Whipurwauna

Waunakee High School is a public high school located in Waunakee, Wisconsin. It is part of the Waunakee Community School District and part of the Badger Conference in athletics.


A new commons area, field house, 679-seat performing arts center, and wing of classrooms were added to the original building in 2005.[1] There is a rock art mural displaying Wisconsin's natural and cultural history in the commons. A new pool was also added in 2005.[2] A new level has been added to accommodate the growing enrollment.[when?]

Extracurricular activities[edit]


Athletic teams include:

  • Boys' and girls' cross country
  • Boys' and girls' soccer
  • Boys' and girls' golf
  • Boys' and girls' swimming
  • Boys' and girls' tennis
  • Boys' and girls' track
  • Boys' and girls' lacrosse
  • Boys' and girls' basketball
  • Ski team
  • Football
  • Football cheerleading
  • Dance team
  • Gymnastics
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Boys' and girls' hockey
  • Equestrian team


Waunakee has had a long time rivalry with fellow Badger North Conference member the DeForest Norskies.


Waunakee has had a successful football program under head coach Pat Rice, whose record in 22 years is 229-35. Under Rice, the Warriors have made the playoffs in 18 consecutive seasons, won five state championships (1999, 2002, 2009, 2010, 2011), finished runner-up three times (2001, 2005, 2012), and won 15 conference championships (1998-2001, 2003-2012, 2015). The team shared the state-record for consecutive wins with 48 straight victories from 2009-2012. This record was broken by Kimberly High School in 2016.

Perhaps their greatest achievement was their streak of 15 seasons without a loss at home from 1998-2013, a streak which contained 94 consecutive home wins.

  • 1999 State champion; beat Black River Falls, 37-14[3]
  • 2001 State runner-up; lost to Fox Valley Lutheran, 23-13[4]
  • 2002 State champion; beat Waupaca, 24-21[5]
  • 2005 State runner-up; lost to Ashwaubenon, 19-0[6]
  • 2009 State champion; beat Kimberly, 34-21[7]
  • 2010 State champion; beat Cedarburg, 48-7[8]
  • 2011 State champion; beat Waterford, 45-0[9]
  • 2012 State runner-up; lost to Homestead, 14-0[10]

Golf (girls)[edit]

  • 2010 State champion; beat Milton, 662-667[11]

Aquatic Center[edit]

Waunakee High School is equipped with an eight-lane, twenty-five yard pool that is home to the Waunakee Warriors boys' and girls' swim teams. The aquatic center is also open for the community and non-community members for open family swims, fitness swims, swimming lessons and more.[12]

Student newspaper[edit]

Waunakee High School’s monthly newspaper is called the Purple Sage. The Purple Sage is printed along with Waunakee’s community newspaper, the Waunakee Tribune. They also have a school literary journal known as Purple Ink.

School store[edit]

Waunakee High School’s school store is run by the marketing department and marketing students. The store sells accessories, women's, men's, student, and staff apparel.

Kokopelli Kafe[edit]

Located in Waunakee High School’s school store is Kokopelli Kafe, a coffee shop that sells beverages and treats. Kokopelli Kafe is run by Waunakee High School's students with special needs. It teaches the students transitional work skills and provides interaction between students. Kokopelli Kafe philosophy is reflected in the goal: “Kokopelli Kafe is a school based business that enables students to learn functional, transitional, vocational, and social skill in a “real life” environment.”[13]


Waunakee High School offers a wide variety of clubs that satisfy interests including construction, arts, chemicals, agriculture, sports, culture, business, and more. Clubs like Pay it Forward participate in volunteer work and support local and distant communities. Clubs are set up and run by students and staff. In 2011, Waunakee added a Science Olympiad team. In 2009 Waunakee added a Gaming Club which is run by the Computer Science Teacher.


Waunakee's Arts Department includes programs in Band, Orchestra, Choir, and Drama.

The WHS drama department participates in the WHSFA One Act Festival each fall. On the first weekend in May, it produces a musical in even numbered years or a full length non-musical play in odd numbered years.


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