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Wauwatosa East High School

Wauwatosa East High School
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Type Public high school
Established as Wauwatosa Senior High School, 1897; as Wauwatosa East, 1960
School district Wauwatosa School District
Principal Nick Hughes
Faculty 98
Grades 9–12
Number of students 1,183
Mascot Captain Red
Nickname Red Raiders
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Wauwatosa East High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school in the city of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. It is part of the Wauwatosa School District. The school was originally known as Wauwatosa Senior High School until the opening of Wauwatosa West High School in September 1961. The first graduating class of Wauwatosa East High School was in June 1962. Today, the school is often referred to as Tosa East.


  • History 1
  • Athletics 2
    • State championships 2.1
    • Wauwatosa/Wauwatosa East High School Hall of Fame 2.2
  • Extracurricular activities 3
  • Awards 4
  • Notable alumni 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Originally known as Wauwatosa High School, the school's name was changed to Wauwatosa East High School in September, 1961 after a high school was built on the west side of the city.

Much of the current structure was built in the second half of the 20th century. This resulted in substantial alterations to the original design of the building, including the removal of its tower and the closing of the school's third floor, which is now used by the district for storage. A restoration project in the early 2000s uncovered several WPA murals on the walls of what was formerly the school's main entrance; the murals had been painted in the 1930s and subsequently covered up.

The sports teams are named the Red Raiders. They were once represented by a logo of a cartoon Indian brave in warpaint and a mascot dressed as a Native American. In 2006 this came under protest and the logo was changed to a shield with TE on the front and crossed spears behind. The mascot was also changed to a pirate.[1]


The school has varsity level sports teams for both men and women, including volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, football, golf, wrestling, tennis, swimming and diving, cross country, track and field, hockey, and the Poms dance squad.

Intramural sports include Ultimate Frisbee, IBA (basketball), and skiing.

State championships[2]

  • 1937: Boys' golf
  • 1940: Boys' swimming and diving
  • 1943: Boys' track and field
  • 1944: Boys' swimming and diving
  • 1945: Boys' swimming and diving
  • 1946: Boys' golf, Boys' swimming and diving
  • 1947: Boys' tennis, Boys' swimming and diving
  • 1949: Boys' swimming and diving
  • 1950: Boys' swimming and diving
  • 1951: Boys' swimming and diving
  • 1954: Boys' golf
  • 1955: Boys' tennis
  • 1956: Boys' tennis, Boys' swimming and diving
  • 1972: Boys' track and field, Class A
  • 1974: Girls' volleyball, Class A
  • 1975: Girls' volleyball, Class A
  • 1980: Girls' volleyball, Class A
  • 1981: Girls' basketball, Class A
  • 1985: Girls' volleyball, Class A
  • 1989:
    • Boys' basketball, Class A
    • Boys' volleyball, Class A
  • 1990: Boys' soccer
  • 1992: Girls' volleyball, Division 1
  • 1993: Girls' soccer
  • 1994: Girls' volleyball, Division 1
  • 1996: Girls' soccer
  • 1997: Girls' soccer, Division 1
  • 1997: Baseball
  • 1998: Boys' soccer, Division 1
  • 2006: Boys' volleyball
  • 2008: Boys' basketball, Division 1

Wauwatosa/Wauwatosa East High School Hall of Fame[3]

The inaugural Hall of Fame class was inducted on 30 May 2015. The class of 65 included 22 coaches and 43 athletes.

Extracurricular activities

The school's drama organization is the Wauwatosa East Players. The school stages two theatrical productions each year, one in fall and one in spring. All productions are staged in the Dale K. Hidde Theatre, named for the school's long-time theatrical director, which also serves as the school's auditorium and is home to the independently run Wauwatosa East Student Play Festival.

Wauwatosa East's clubs include Quill and Scroll, The Cardinal Pennant Yearbook, The Cardinal News (student newspaper), National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, French Honor Society, German Club, German Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, BattleBots, HOSA, SMART Team, Key Club, Amnesty International, AFS, Gay-Straight Alliance, STAND, International Thespian Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Forensics, Destination Imagination, We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution, CAFÉ, Key Club, Health Occupations Students of America, Latin Club, Art Club, French Honorary Society, German Honorary Society, MU Alpha Theta, Intramural Basketball Association (IBA), Science Club, Visual Arts Classic Team, Best Buddies, and Student Council.


In 2008, Wauwatosa East was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ High school mascot
  2. ^ " WIAA. Retrieved on 2008-08-07
  3. ^ " HOF. Retrieved on 2015-06-02
  4. ^ Witrado, Anthony. "Tosa East gives Harris, Smith high honor", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 12, 2007. Accessed December 30, 2007. "But before Harris played basketball at the University of Wisconsin or for the Dallas Mavericks, he wowed fans, coaches and even opposing players at Wauwatosa East.... And before Tony Smith was recognized as a coach and high school basketball commentator, he and his full head of curls starred at the same high school before playing at Marquette and for six NBA teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers."
  5. ^ Stingl, Jim (2007-03-16). "To believe or not to believe, it's your choice".  

External links

  • Wauwatosa School District
  • Wauwatosa East High School
  • Wauwatosa/Wauwatosa East High School Hall of Fame

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