Wauwatosa West High School

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Wauwatosa West High School
11400 West Center Street[1]
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53226
United States
Coordinates 43°04′06″N 88°03′20″W / 43.0683°N 88.05544°W / 43.0683; -88.05544Coordinates: 43°04′06″N 88°03′20″W / 43.0683°N 88.05544°W / 43.0683; -88.05544
Type Public high school
Established 1960
School district Wauwatosa School District
Principal Frank Calarco
Faculty 63.1 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,031 (as of 2014–15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 16.34[1]
Color(s) Green & White
Athletics conference Woodland
Nickname Trojan
Newspaper West Side Stories
Yearbook Olympian

Wauwatosa West High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school located in the city of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, United States. West opened in 1960/1961 as a sister-school to Wauwatosa East High School; together they are part of the Wauwatosa School District.


Overcrowding of the city's only high school led the city to build a new high school on the west side of the newly enlarged city. Built in 1960 at 11100 West Center Street and opened in 1961, it was called Wauwatosa West High School. The original high school was renamed Wauwatosa East. Because the Longfellow and Hawthorne Junior High Schools were also overcrowded, another school was built in 1969 just west of this building at 11400 West Center Street. When the new building opened, it became Wauwatosa West High School, and the previous building became Whitman Junior High School.[2] Originally scheduled for completion in 1970, a fire damaged part of the building during construction, delaying its opening until 1971.[3]

In 1993 an associate principal was shot and killed by a 21-year-old former student.[4][5][6][7]


As of the 2014–15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,031 students and 63.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 16.34.[1]

Extracurricular activities[edit]


The school won the Wisconsin State Boys Volleyball Championship in 1964, defeating Antigo High School in a pool of 70 participating schools.[8]

The boys' swimming team won the 1971 state championship, defeating runner-up Waukesha High School in a field of 77 participating schools.[9]

The city on June 4, 2002 gave Wauwatosa West the go-ahead to begin construction on a $1.5 million upgrade of its athletic facilities.[10]

The school is one of five on the Wauwatosa Wild Co-Op hockey team, which includes players from Wauwatosa West, Wauwatosa East, New Berlin West, New Berlin Eisenhower, and Whitnall. Their home rink is the Pettit National Ice Center.

Fine arts[edit]

Student musicians and thespians participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, including band, orchestra, and theater.[11]

The band department's performing groups include marching band, pep band, concert band, and jazz band.[12] The band traveled to Hawaii in April 2015, visiting and performing at the Pearl Harbor Memorial.[13]

The symphony orchestra and concert orchestra perform throughout the year, including a holiday "Kinderkonzert" for children in the community.[14]

The theater department, known as the Trojan Players, puts on two major productions each year.[15]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "West High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ Wauwatosa. Wauwatosa Historical Society: Arcadia Publishing. 2004. p. 68. ISBN 9781439631300. 
  3. ^ Romano, Rick (October 5, 2011). "Trojans turn 50". Wauwatosa Now. Retrieved July 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Police Arrest Former Student In High School Shooting". The Chicago Tribune. December 2, 1993. 
  5. ^ Jon D. Hull (December 20, 1993). "Have We Gone Mad?". Time. Retrieved December 30, 2007. 
  6. ^ "Breitlow called "gentle giant"". Milwaukee Sentinel. December 2, 1993. p. 1. 
  7. ^ "One in many shootings". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. September 29, 2006. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. 
  8. ^ "WIAA State Boys Volleyball Champions (thru 2014)" (PDF). Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Boys Swimming & Diving Team Champions (updated thru 2015)" (PDF). Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Tosa gives thumbs up to school upgrade". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. June 5, 2002. Retrieved December 30, 2007. 
  11. ^ "West High School: Extracurricular". Wauwatosa West High School. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Tosa West Bands". Wauwatosa West Bands.com. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  13. ^ "CBS 58 - Tosa West band preparing for patriotic concert "larger than ours"". WDJT-TV. June 29, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Tosa West Orchestra". Tosa West Orchestra.org. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Trojan Players". Trojan Players.com. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  16. ^ "John La Fave". Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. Retrieved August 15, 2012. 

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