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Memorial High School is a public high school in Town of Madison. The principal of Memorial High School is Bruce Dahmen. 1,849 students go to Memorial High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 10% of the Memorial High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 37% of the 1,849 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Memorial High School is 15:1. Middleton High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Cantonese
    • French
    • German
    • Japanese
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • Lacrosse
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Rock climbing
    • Rugby
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
White, non-Hispanic 53%
Multiracial 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 18%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37% 49%
Limited English proficiency 10% 18%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    Fantastic School. Wonderful programs and a challenging enviroment that our daughter is thriving in.

  • (4 years ago)

    As i turn into a senior i feel that this school has offered me a great education for future. I admit that there is no perfect school; there are always good and bad. However the student body is very diverse with some number of smart students. I also have seen some exchange students from other countries. The school has AP/honor classes as well as a lot of various classes like art business music ESL etc. Most teachers are very nice and they try to help if you ask for it even outside of class. I am not that active kind of student so I had little bit of hard time to adjust to school when I came during sophomore year. But if you actively involve in extra curricular activities it will be fine. I recommend this school for those of you who commit yourself to be successful.

  • (4 years ago)

    As i turn into a senior i feel that this school has offered me a great education for future. I admit that there is no perfect school; there are always good and bad. However the student body is very diverse with some number of smart students. I also have seen some exchange students from other countries. The school has AP/honor classes as well as a lot of various classes like art business music ESL etc. Most teachers are very nice and they try to help if you ask for it even outside of class. I am not that active kind of student so I had little bit of hard time to adjust to school when I came during sophomore year. But if you actively involve in extra curricular activities it will be fine. I recommend this school for those of you who commit yourself to be successful.

  • (5 years ago)

    I've had two children graduate from Memorial and have two more that will. Both of my graduates had an outstanding academic and extracurricular experience at JMM. One son required extensive special education services and JMM staff were awesome. I am very pleased with this public school exoerience and would not choose any other option.

  • (5 years ago)

    We have one son who just graduated and another that is still in school. Parent involvement teachers avalible programs are all outstanding!

  • (6 years ago)

    As others have already mentioned Memorial High School is an excellent school for students who are college bound. However even the academically gifted are glad to get out due to the disruptive and violent students who also attend. This school is too big with around 2000 students. Even with in-school 'neighborhoods' the number of students to principals/staff is too great. Teachers do try to keep parents informed. However this school offers nothing to those students who are 'average' or academically challenged. Where are the programs that prepare students for the work world? A large number of students would do well elsewhere. Too many 'graduate' without a real education if they are not college material. This is disgusting. A high school diploma means nothing if it only indicates that a student attended the school for a number of years and perhaps did not even attend classes for much of the time.

  • (6 years ago)

    Academics is very strong. MANY different AP subjects offered. Students wanting to take hard classes are grouped together.

  • (6 years ago)

    Oh my god I LOVE IT HERE!!!! it's the greatest!!! the school work aspect of it is kinda hard but everything's great!

  • (6 years ago)

    Memorial High School is a good school. 'School' is what you make it; teachers are overworked and underpaid and parents who complain are just that complainers. Engaging those are who are not interested is difficult and at times impossible because of attitude. Teachers should be blessed often for the 'marathon' they is run each day the attention that is given to students and for their giving up of personal and family time for their career. Their pay should be doubled for what they do for our sons and daughters. Parent

  • (6 years ago)

    Memorial is the best school in the United States of America! It has excellent education and athletic departments that give children a great head start in life...Even before college!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    The first poster is right on the mark - if you have a child that is identified by the school as an AP level student the academics are pretty good. For every other student the education is definitely sub-par especially compared to suburban schools. Our experience with faculty is that they are largely indifferent maintain little or no control and often do a sloppy job in the classroom. We moved after the sophomore year just to get into a better school situation.

  • (8 years ago)

    Academic programming is strong with excellent teachers in core courses (Science Math English Social Studies/History). The school environment is friendly and it offers a wide variety of fine arts and business/technology courses. We are not involved in the athletic department; but if you are interested there are plenty of sports and other extracurricular activities to choose from.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think Memorial is a very strong school. The top 5% of students regularly are admitted to Stanford Brown Harvard etc. 15-20% of the student body make it into UW-Madison and JMM has tons of AP classes. The previous poster is correct that there is a large gap between the good students and poor students. I am a former good student that realizes that Memorial provided me with an excellent foundation for my engineering education at UW-Madison and I would highly reccommend it. Memorial provides the opportunity to have a very diverse student body but it does focus on the students who want to learn not the ones counting the minutes until they can drop out to become the future gas station attendents or McDonald's employees of the world. The teachers on the whole are excellent as well especially in science and math.

  • (10 years ago)

    At Memorial great attention is given to the academically superior students. Unfortunately this is done at the expense of all the other students. Little effort is made to engage 'indifferent' students and to try interest them in learning. Much emphasis on hard science and math class -- little in the way of humanities or liberal arts. (Drama/arts programs are almost non-existent.) Memorial is a very hostile environment for most students. School would probably benefit from integrating a 'service-learning' component into its curriculum and get away from the focus on producing Merit Scholars.

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