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Rufus King

Seated portrait of General Rufus King, 1814-1876.
Prominent Milwaukee editor and political activist Rufus King was born in New York City on January 26, 1814. He was the son of Charles King, longtime editor of the New York American, and the grandson of another Rufus King who helped author the United States Constitution. King attended the preparatory academy at Columbia College before… Read More

Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology

This aerial photograph provides a view of the Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology campus as it looks today.
Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology (SHSST) is a Roman Catholic graduate institution located in Franklin, Wisconsin, that offers two degrees (Master of Divinity and Master of Arts) as well as an English as a Second Language program. Its primary purpose is the training of men for ordination to the priesthood, but it also… Read More

Sister Joel Read

Revered both within Milwaukee's community and nationally for her leadership and commitment to education, Sister Joel Read served as the president of Alverno College for 35 years.
Sister Joel Read, SSSF, was the central figure in transforming Alverno College on Milwaukee’s South Side from a small, religious-oriented institution run by the School Sisters of Saint Francis into a pioneer in programs serving non-traditional students and measuring student success in innovative ways. During her thirty-five years as president of Alverno, Read became a… Read More

Special Schools

Opened in 1939 as a school for children with polio, Gaenslen School continues to serve students with special education needs.
Perspectives on disabilities and how to incorporate individuals with disabilities into mainstream society have evolved over the past couple of centuries. People with disabilities were viewed as less than human and treated as such. The views of individuals with disabilities in the 1800s reflected the assessment of value and worth in society. For example, people… Read More

St. Francis de Sales Seminary

Photograph of Henni Hall, the main building of St. Francis de Sales Seminary, dedicated in 1856.
This institution is the major training facility for Roman Catholic priests who serve in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. It also forms young clergy who serve in other parts of Wisconsin and sections of the Midwest. Moreover, some of its graduates are found in Rome and Africa. Although it currently does not support an accredited academic… Read More

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Aerial photograph of UWM's campus taken in 1983. Lake Michigan is visible in the background and surrounding neighborhoods are in the foreground.
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is the largest university in Milwaukee and the second largest (behind UW-Madison) in Wisconsin. In 2016, UWM enrolled 27,000 undergraduate and graduate students with a faculty and academic staff of more than 1,600. That same year, UWM was classified as a top-tier, Category 1 Research University by the Carnegie Classification of… Read More

University of Wisconsin-Washington County

UW-Washington County serves students from around the area as well as its West Bend community.
The University of Wisconsin-Washington County (UW-WC) is one of thirteen University of Wisconsin colleges, this one primarily serving students from Washington, Ozaukee, Dodge, and Milwaukee counties. Located in West Bend, UW-WC offers courses leading to 250 majors at this freshman/sophomore campus. Collaborative bachelor degree programs with UW-Oshkosh, UW-Platteville, and UW-Milwaukee allow students to obtain four-year… Read More

University of Wisconsin-Waukesha

Founded in the 1960s as the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, the two-year college campus is now part of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
In the 1960s, Wisconsin experienced a large spike in student enrollments as the baby boomers graduated from high school and looked for advanced educational opportunities. Waukesha County, in particular, saw a tremendous increase in population as families moved west from Milwaukee along the new Interstate 94 corridor. Wisconsin’s flagship university in Madison could not accommodate… Read More

University School of Milwaukee

The University School of Milwaukee has its roots in the German-English Academy, which was founded in 1851. The German-English Academy's iconic building, pictured here, still stands downtown.
The University School of Milwaukee, located in the suburb of River Hills, was created by a merger of the Milwaukee Country Day School, Milwaukee Downer Seminary, and Milwaukee University School in 1963. It is comprised of students ranging from pre-kindergarten to twelfth grade. The Milwaukee University School, formerly the German-English Academy, and its distinct teaching… Read More

Vocational Education

Students work in a shoe rebuilding class held at the Milwaukee Vocational and Adult Schools in 1961.
Wisconsin’s organized system of vocational education began in 1911. By 2016, it consisted of sixteen technical colleges and forty-nine campuses under the mantle of the Wisconsin Technical College System. It offers more than four hundred programs designed to train students to enter the workplace, and it is especially known for its offerings centering on manufacturing… Read More

Vouchers in Education

Dr. Howard Fuller, formerly superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools, has been a strong advocate of vouchers as a means of improving educational opportunities for central city youth in Milwaukee.
Milwaukee attracted national attention, beginning in 1990, when it became the first city in the nation where elementary and high school students could enroll in private schools, using public money to support their education. The Wisconsin legislature had approved a law, signed by Governor Tommy G. Thompson, which allowed private school “vouchers.” Over the next… Read More

Waukesha County Technical College

A student at Waukesha County Technical College works at a small drafting table in this photograph from 1950.
Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) is a vocational training and general education school headquartered in Pewaukee. It is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System. WCTC emerged out of the vocational education movement of the 1910s. In 1911, Wisconsin passed pioneering legislation requiring fourteen and fifteen-year-olds to attend school at least part-time (a stipulation extended… Read More

Wisconsin Lutheran College

Established in 1973, Wisconsin Lutheran College continues to expand its campus community located on the border of Wauwatosa and Milwaukee.
Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) was founded in 1973 by a group of Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) members. The college is owned by a corporation of WELS congregations and governed by its Board of Regents. WLC has enjoyed an ever-growing and generally positive relationship with the Milwaukee metro area and the state of Wisconsin. WLC… Read More

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary

Founded in 1863, the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary has been located in Mequon since 1929. Its campus entrance is pictured here in 2007.
The training of pastors is vital to the life and theology of any church body. In the Lutheran tradition, each congregation calls a pastor to be its spiritual supervisor, advisor, and teacher. For more than a century Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary has been training pastors for the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod and its worldwide mission and… Read More