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Arrowhead High School
Motto "Something for Everyone"
Established 1956
Type Public high school
Principal Bonnie Laugerman (North Campus) & Greg Wieczorek (South Campus)
Students 2235 (2009-2010)
Grades 9-12
Location 800 North Avenue,
Hartland, Wisconsin, USA
District Arrowhead School District
Campus Suburban
Colors Scarlet, Columbia Blue, & White
Mascot Wally the Warhawk
Newspaper The Arrowhead
is located in Hartland, Wisconsin. Sitting on 117 acres (0.47 km2) of land, the school has both a north and a south campus, with juniors and seniors attending the north campus and freshmen and sophomores the south campus.

Enrollment is about 2300 students with about 200 faculty and staff. Students from the villages of Hartland, Chenequa, Merton and Nashotah, the towns of Merton, Lisbon, Delafield, and Oconomowoc and the cities of Delafield, and Pewaukee attend Arrowhead High School.

There are about 126 extracurricular activities for students. The athletic nickname is the Warhawks, with the mascot named Wally the Warhawk.



Arrowhead High School was established in 1956 in Hartland, Wisconsin. The original high school was what is today known as South Campus. Arrowhead has since added a North Campus as the student body has grown.


Newsweek ranked Arrowhead 696th in the nation in 2006 out of 1,300 high schools, and 749th in 2007.[1]

Class offerings consist of nearly 200 courses. There are honors sequences in English, mathematics, social studies, science, art, and band and 17 advanced placement courses in which over 350 students take over 600 advanced placement tests. Opportunities are offered in "transcripted credit" agreements with Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC), in which students earn technical school credit for high school courses in areas such as auto, drafting, fashion merchandising, child care, commercial art, and computer technology. In addition, students participate in manufacturing and health apprenticeships through WCTC.

The "Something for Everyone" theme is achieved through a 10-period day in which students take a minimum of seven classes. Classes consist of 40-minute daily classes, alternate-day classes for 84 minutes (typically in laboratory courses), 60-minute advanced placement classes, and block classes in which year-long courses are taught for a double period for one semester. Of the 50 credits required for graduation, 18 are electives. The flexible schedule is taught by 151 teachers with an average of over 15 years of experience. 59% of the faculty have master's degrees or above.

The school is also equipped with technology and laboratory facilities. The high school also serves as a community center for Lake Country residents by providing concerts, lectures, athletic events, seminars, and evening classes.

In late 2004 the school considered banning Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower from the curriculum.[2] Although the book was not banned, the board voted to impose a number of restrictions on the use of the book in the curriculum.

Musical achievements

In Fall 2007, Arrowhead High School's Broadway Company presented a production of the hit musical Cats, which took first place in USA Weekend's nationwide competition for best American high school production, and was featured in the magazine's October 4, 2008 issue.


Arrowhead is a member of the Classic 8 Conference. In 2004, it became the first non-professional venue in Wisconsin to use FieldTurf on its football field when it was installed at Pfeiffer Memorial Stadium. In 2007, the school renovated its East Gym in the North Campus to include a new wooden floor with the school's "A" logo at half court. The school has its own on campus ice rink, the Howard G. Mullett Ice Center, which was donated by the Mullett family and opened in 1998.

In 2005, Arrowhead was named the best athletic high school in the state by Sports Illustrated, which stated, "This suburban Milwaukee school is incredible in swimming and football and has won 13 state titles over the last 10 years." It was also named the best athletic high school in Wisconsin in 2006 and 2007. The school has won 25 WIAA state championships since 1993, including six in boys' swimming, six in girls' swimming, and four in football.

The 2007-2008 school season saw Arrowhead advance multiple teams to state tournaments and claim state titles. Arrowhead's girls' cross country team won its first-ever WIAA state championship by defeating Whitefish Bay by 3 points. 2007 also saw the Arrowhead girls' field hockey team win its second consecutive Wisconsin State Field Hockey Association (WSFHA) championship by defeating University School of Milwaukee 4-3. The football team took home its fourth state title in the fall with a win over Homestead. The boys' swimming team took the state title in 2007, its fourth in seven years. They had been runners-up to Madison Memorial in the previous three years. The wrestling season ended with wrestler Nick Hucke winning his third straight WIAA individual wrestling championship. The wrestling team also includes Ben Askren, a recent U.S. Olympian. In Spring 2008 the Arrowhead boys' golf team won the Division 1 state team championship by defeating Madison Memorial by 4 strokes. The gymnastics team took home a 2nd place finish in its third state appearance.

In the 2008-2009 school year the football team advanced to its third consecutive Division 1 state championship game against Homestead (its 9th in 16 years) and the girls' swimming team took home its sixth Division 1 state title in seven years by edging Madison East. The girls' golf team also advanced to the state tournament, finishing with a fifth place performance.

In the winter sports season, the boys' hockey team took home their first state championship by defeating Fond du Lac, 5-1,[3] finishing the season 21-5 led by captain David Clark, who also holds the record for most consecutive points scored in Wisconsin. The campus is home to one of the only high schools in the state with an ice rink on site, The Mullet Ice Center.

Once longtime Boy's Basketball coach Andy Cerroni was fired the program stopped being ran into the ground and actually turned into a respectable program in the conference.

Arrowhead's girls' gymnastics team won their first state championship, after having been runner-up the previous year. The boys track and field team took home their 3rd state championship, defeating runner-up Menominee Falls by a whopping 15 points. On the same day, the boys golf team also won the state championship. In all, Arrowhead took home six state championships in the 2008-2009 school year, making it one of the most successful athletic years in its history.

In 2004, the boys' soccer team was ranked seventh in the nation according to polls by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Adidas.

The boys' and girls' lacrosse teams took state titles in 2007, and in 2006, the boys' first year, the team was state runner-up. The school also offers girls' ice hockey and girls' field hockey. Arrowhead is the only public school in Wisconsin to offer field hockey. The boys' track team won the state title in 2004 for the first time since 1965.

The high school also has the winningest summer baseball coach in Wisconsin high school history, Tim O'Driscoll.[4] Through the 2009 summer season, he had compiled a 742-234 record, a .767 winning percentage. In 2006, Arrowhead's baseball team was the WIAA state runner-up after losing to Marquette 5-3. On May 25, 2007, before Arrowhead's game against Kettle Moraine, the school's baseball field was renamed O'Driscoll Field in honor of the coach. Arrowhead's summer baseball team advanced to the state tournament in 1973, 1975, 1979, 1999, 2000, 2006, and 2009, with title game appearances in 1973, 1975, 1979, 2006, and 2009. O'Driscoll's Warhawks won the state title in 1979 by defeating West Bend East, 4-3. They finally repeated that feat in the summer of 2009 by defeating defending 2008 champion Marquette, 5-4 in a rematch of the 2006 title game on a walk off single in the bottom of the 7th inning.

In 2006 the Arrowhead Cheer & Stunt team won the WACPC (Wisconsin Association of Cheer/Pom Coaches) State Championship in the Small Co-ed Division.



Arrowhead football helmet

The Arrowhead Warhawks football team has appeared in 9 of the last 16 WIAA State Division 1 football finals. The 9 state appearances are a state record in any division. Arrowhead has been led by coach Tom Taraska for the last 27 years. As of the end of the 2008 season, Coach Taraska ranked 8th in all-time wins among Wisconsin high school football coaches, with a record of 246-92 and a winning percentage of .728.[5] On September 4, 2009 against Roosevelt, Indiana, Arrowhead dedicated the stadium to Coach Taraska. The official stadium name is Pfeiffer Field at Taraska Stadium.

Arrowhead in WIAA football championship games
(All were Division 1 games played at Camp Randall Stadium, Madison.)
Year Winning team Losing team
1993 Arrowhead 21 Appleton West 7
1994 Arrowhead 19 Muskego 16
1996 Arrowhead 24 D.C. Everest 21
2000 Oshkosh North 28 Arrowhead 0
2002 Marshfield 20 Arrowhead 14
2003 D.C. Everest 42 Arrowhead 7
2006 Homestead 35 Arrowhead 0
2007 Arrowhead 31 Homestead 7
2008 Homestead 13 Arrowhead 11
2007 Arrowhead football team with WIAA Division 1 championship trophy

The Warhawks won the 2007 WIAA Division 1 championship with a 31-7 win over Homestead, finishing the season with a perfect record of 14-0. The only close game all season was a double overtime playoff game at Arrowhead against Marquette University High School, which Arrowhead won, 44-41. Most spectators from both teams agree that it was one of the best high school football games in Wisconsin state history. They finished the season ranked #27 in the nation by[6]

Arrowhead and the community

Arrowhead hosts teams such as the Lake Country Phoenix youth swim team and the Lake Country Cyclones semi-professional football team. The Lake Country Chiefs youth football team of the Wisconsin Youth Football League also participate in football on Pfeiffer Field at Taraska Stadium.

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "America's Top Public High Schools", Newsweek, May 22, 2007. Accessed November 14, 2007.
  2. ^ "Arrowhead Union High School District Board of Education Meeting Minutes", [Arrowhead High School], Dec. 08, 2004.
  3. ^ Boehler, Dave. "Junior powers Arrowhead to title". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-04-16.  
  4. ^ "Career Coaching Records". Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association. Retrieved 2009-08-06.  
  5. ^ "WFCA - Winningest Coaches", Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, December 30, 2008. Accessed January 21, 2009.
  6. ^ "MaxPreps Fall '07-'08 National Rankings", MaxPreps, December 9, 2007. Accessed December 9, 2007.

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