Jeff Mattox spent his senior year at Madison Central High School and graduated in 1965, but he says he left his heart at Wisconsin High School.
Founded in 1912 as the University of Wisconsin's experimental "laboratory school," Wisconsin High School closed its doors in 1964, merging with Madison Central High School, which was thereafter called Central-University High School.
In 2000, Chris Cain, a member of the Class of 1964, the last class to graduate from Wisconsin High School, found a cache of films in the Wisconsin Historical Society archives that should be of great interest to those who attended Wisconsin High in 1960, as well as their friends. For two months in 1960, some 7th, 8th, and 9th grade classes at Wisconsin High School were televised and recorded onto film. Among the faces on those films are Cain and Mattox, as well as some other names familiar to the Madison Central Class of 1965, including Doug Edmunds and Pat Mulhall, who's still listed among the "missing" classmates for the Class of 1965. Students weren't the only people to transfer from Wisconsin High to Central, so did some teachers. One of the films is of Mr. Everard teaching an art class about "Working in Clay."
Jeff and Chris have managed to view some of these films and convert them to DVD. You can read all about these films, as well as explore some of the history of Wisconsin High School at the Wisconsin High School website. I've also added a permanent link to the Wisconsin High School website to the list of links on the right side of this blog.
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