Marquette University High School

Marquette University High School (MUHS) is a private, all-male, Jesuit, Roman Catholic school located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It is accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI),[1] an accreditation division of AdvancED, and is a member of both the National Catholic Educational Association and the Jesuit Secondary Education Association.

Marquette University High School
For Faith, Scholarship and Community
3401 West Wisconsin Avenue


Coordinates43°2′18″N 87°57′22″W
MottoAd majorem Dei gloriam
(For the greater glory of God)
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic, Jesuit
Patron saint(s)The Three Holy Companions:
St. Ignatius of Loyola
St. Francis Xavier
St. Peter Faber
Established1857 (1857)
OversightWisconsin Jesuit Province
School code501370
PresidentMichael J. Marco
PrincipalJeff Monday
ChaplainTom Manahan
Enrollment1074 (2015)
Average class size23
Student to teacher ratio11:1
Hours in school day8
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)Navy blue and Gold         
Fight songWe Are Marquette
Athletics conferenceWIAA Greater Metro Conference
Team nameHilltoppers
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools[1]


Founded as St. Aloysius Academy in 1857, MUHS has borne the name "Marquette" since 1881 and the founding of Marquette College (now Marquette University). The college and academy split in 1907, with the college moving to the present location of Marquette University and the academy eventually moving to its current location in 1922.[2]


Marquette University High School is located at 3401 W. Wisconsin Avenue in the Merrill Park Neighborhood on Milwaukee's west side. It is a four-story building, built in the early 20th century.


Nicknamed the "Hilltoppers", MUHS teams competed in the now defunct Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletics Association (WISAA) in most sports prior to 1999. Since then, they have competed in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA). The school fields teams in baseball, basketball, cross country running, downhill skiing, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby union, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, ultimate, volleyball, and wrestling.

MUHS teams have won 28 WIAA state titles in soccer, volleyball, tennis, baseball, and football, as well as the lacrosse team's 2010 and 2013 WLF state championships. In the summers of 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 the Hilltoppers were ranked #1 in the state for overall boys' athletics by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In the program's history, the Hilltoppers have won over 130 State Championships.


The basketball team was 84–29 in five seasons from 1997 to 2002. The team won the 1999 Greater Metro Conference and WISAA Division I State Boys Basketball Championships, when the Hilltoppers went 21–3 and defeated Dominican High School in the championship game. The basketball team also won Greater Metro conference championships in the 1997–98 and 1999–2000 seasons. In 2010, the Hilltopper basketball team made it to the WIAA Division I state semifinals, before losing to eventual champion Arrowhead. In 2016, The hilltoppers made another run in the post season, eventually being defeated to Muskego in the WIAA Division I state semifinals.

Cross country

The MUHS cross country team has won the Greater Metro Conference meet 8 of the last 9 years, and took third at both the 2007 and 2008 WIAA state meets, as well as second in both 2009 and 2010.


Marquette has a football team that dates back to 1907, playing in over 1,000 games. Over that time, Marquette has won 701 games, 40 conference titles and 9 state titles.[3] Their most successful coach, Dick Basham, coached Marquette for 38 seasons and 42% of its 1,000 games. In 2009 (his last season), the Hilltoppers went 14-0 to win their most recent WIAA Division 1 state title. The team currently has a partnership with ESPN Milwaukee Radio for all home and away games.


The MUHS lacrosse team has competed in the state tournament five times since its creation in Spring 2003 and won its first state title in 2010, which completed an undefeated season in Wisconsin. The lacrosse team annually competes against other Jesuit schools from around the United States, traveling to Indianapolis every spring where Jesuit teams from across the Midwest compete. In 2013, the MUHS lacrosse team won its second state title, with another undefeated season in Wisconsin.


Since 1973, the soccer program has won 24 state championships and tied a national record of 10 straight state championships from 1994 to 2003. The Hilltoppers were ranked #1 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in 1999 and in 2003. The 2011 soccer team finished the season with an undefeated record of 24–0–1 and were ranked 4th in the US by the NSCAA and 3rd by ESPN. In 1996 and 2011 the soccer coach, Bob Spielmann and Steve Lawrence, respectively, were selected as National High School Coach of the Year.

In 2012, the Hilltoppers won the state championship, defeating Kettle Moraine High School, 2–1.[4] In 2014, the Hilltoppers once again won a state title by beating Menomonee Falls 4–1

The Hilltoppers' home field, Quad/Park, was donated by former MUHS graduate Harry Quadracci ('54), in 1998. The facility is dedicated solely to soccer and track and field events. The site was formerly occupied by Marquette Stadium, which opened in 1924 and was demolished in 1976.[5][6][7]

Notable alumni and faculty


  1. Institution Summary, AdvancED, Retrieved 2012-07-08
  2. About MUHS - School History Archived 2013-10-21 at the Wayback Machine
  4. W.I.A.A. "State champs".
  5. Gardner, Charles F. (September 9, 1998). "Historic site gets boost". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. p. 10C.
  6. "Marquette University Stadium Dedication". Marquette University. Raynor Memorial Libraries. October 18, 1924. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  7. Cash, Phil (September 2, 1976). "MU Stadium gone, but the memories linger". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1-part 2.
  8. "Around The Area". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. December 2, 1999. p. 11C. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  9. 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1937,' Biographical Sketch of James L. Callan, pg. 27
  10. 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1981-1982,' Biographical Sketch of John Louis Coffey, pg. 9-10
  11. Gesu's Hollywood Star Archived 2006-06-16 at the Wayback Machine Gesu Parish, retrieved August 9, 2006. (PDF)
  12. 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1954, Biographical Sketch of John E. Reilly, Jr., pg. 57
  13. 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1960,' Biographical Sketch of Ervin J. Ryczek, pg. 49
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