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Milwaukee High School of the Arts
Established 1984
Type Public (magnet) secondary
Principal Barry Applewhite
Students 856 (2008)
Grades 9-12
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Colors Crimson and White

Established in 1984, Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA), formerly West Division High School, is a high school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. It is a part of the Milwaukee Public Schools system. It specializes in preparation for a profession in the arts. [1]

Students receive a minimum of two hours in arts study each day. MHSA is the only Wisconsin high school to provide such an increased level of arts education, and one of the few arts-focused high schools in the nation. Focus is given to creative outlets such as dance, writing, theatre, visual arts, and music. The school is open for audition from students from the Milwaukee metropolitan area.

General Douglas MacArthur[2] and actor Spencer Tracy [3]attended West Division High School before it was made a specialty arts school. More recently, actress Amy Pietz and Andrew Mrotek, the drummer for The Academy Is... attended MHSA, though not as a music major.

In 2005, the Milwaukee High School of the Arts Comedy Sportz Improvisantional Comedy Team took home the city championship.


  1. ^ A Brief History, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, retrieved September 7, 2006.
  2. ^ MacArthur Square, Wisconsin Historical Marker text, retrieved September 7, 2006.
  3. ^ Spencer Tracy, NNDB, retrieved September 7, 2006.

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