John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
We need more local students to attend Bay View High School. With the amount of students inside of the school being reduced, it would help to gain more students from the area. Imagine saving bus travel time and having more time for your friends and family. Also consider having more time to do your homework from school, so that you have more time for your friends to get together. Bay View High School was started in 1914 with barracks. Those who went to school then went there because they wanted to go there. Imagine no showers, pot belly stoves in each room and other primative conditions. Many of these students went on to do great things in life. Some became your parents and grand parents. In 1917 a new high school building was started and finished in 1922 due to World War I, and lack of building materials. Mr. Gustave Fritsche, whose father was a Minister at Bethel Evangelical Church on E. Conway St. and S. Woodward Street, a German speaking congregation, worked hard to establish a great high school for its students. He found great teachers, like Dr. Bernard C. Korn, who became principal after Mr. Fritsche died, to teach at this school. During World War II, Bay View High School received many awards for its war efforts. Many students and teachers served in the military during this war. Bay View was regarded as one of the best schools in Milwaukee at one time. Now is the time to rebuild this image, and once again become the great school that it was in the past. Many generations of Bay View residents have attended this school. All you have to do to see all of this, is to visit the school and look through some of the books and pictures from the past. Bay View High School was called the "Castle on the Hill" by its builders, teachers and students. Consider returning to Bay View High School and build its new future and traditions. The school is located at 2751 S. Lenox Street in Bay View, and the school office is located on the second floor. Come see for yourself and consider sending your children here again.
To reach Bay View High School go to: http://www2.milwaukee.k12.wi.us/bayview/ .There are many excellent programs to choose at Bay View High School. Check them out for yourself and then make your decision.