Wisconsin Lutheran High School

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Wisconsin Lutheran High School
330 N. Glenview Ave.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Milwaukee, 53213-3379
United States
Religious affiliation(s) Lutheran
Denomination Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Established 1903
President Pastor Kenneth Fisher[1]
Principal Philip Leyrer
Vice principal Kirk DeNoyer, Bret Hopf[2]
Grades 9–12
Gender co-ed
Age 14 to 18
Number of students 862[3]
School colour(s) Royal blue, white, and red
Song Lutheran High School, hats off to thee
Athletics conference Wisconsin Little Ten
Nickname Vikings
Newspaper Pilot
Yearbook Compass

Wisconsin Lutheran High School, commonly referred to as WLHS or Wisco, is a private preparatory religious high school located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Originally part of Lutheran High School (LHS), it is the oldest Lutheran high school in America.[4] It is owned and operated by various Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) congregations in the Milwaukee area.[5]


Wisconsin Lutheran High School's curriculum includes Advanced Placement courses, Project Lead the Way – a high-level engineering curriculum, and a Resource Center for those who need academic support. WLHS has attained accreditation at the exemplary level through Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod School Accreditation (WELSSA), Wisconsin Religious and Independent School Association (WRISA), and the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA).[6]


WLHS won state Division III football championships in 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2014. It was runner up in 2003 and 2011. WLHS won the Division II basketball state championship for the first time in school history in 2009.[7][8] WLHS also won the Division II basketball state championship in 2014.[9] The high school's cheerleading program has won nine state championships (1996, 1997, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009,2010,2012, and 2015) and in 2009 made it to finals at the National High School Cheerleading Competition in Orlando, Florida for the first time in the school's history. They reached 6th place at the competition which was the highest place an all-girl squad from Wisconsin had ever achieved.[citation needed] In 2011 and 2015, WISCO was a National Finalist as well. Also, the WLHS boys cross country team has won the WIAA Division 2 Cross Country State Championship 3 times in 2011, 2013, and 2014.

A PAVE School[edit]

PAVE is an independent, non-profit foundation funded through corporate, foundation and individual support. PAVE aims to give low-income families in Milwaukee options when selecting schools for their children. The PAVE Quality Assessment Process defines and measures significant benchmarks consistent with national best practices.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.wlhs.org/about/administration.html
  2. ^ http://www.wlhs.org/directory.html
  3. ^ "School Detail for Wisconsin Lutheran High School". National Center for Education Statistics. 2007. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  4. ^ http://www.wels.net/news-events/forward-in-christ/april-1985/new-principal-high-school
  5. ^ http://www.wlhs.org/administration.html
  6. ^ http://www.wlhs.org/about/information.html
  7. ^ Krause, Carol (2007). "School History". WLHS Website. Retrieved 2008-10-29. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Football Results 1999-2008". Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 
  9. ^ http://www.wiscobasketball.com/
  10. ^ 'Wisconsin Blue Book 2011–2012,' Biographical Sketch of David Craig, pg. 75
  11. ^ 'WLHS Hall of Fame Class of 2013 Inductees,' http://www.wlhs.org/alumni/halloffame.html
  12. ^ 'WLHS Hall of Fame Class of 2005 Inductees,' http://www.wlhs.org/alumni/halloffame.html
  13. ^ 'WLHS Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Inductees,' http://www.wlhs.org/alumni/halloffame.html
  14. ^ 'WLHS Hall of Fame Class of 2008 Inductees,' http://www.wlhs.org/alumni/halloffame.html