Established in 1984, Milwaukee High School of the Arts
(MHSA), formerly West Division High School
, is a high school
. It is a part of the Milwaukee Public Schools
system. It specializes in preparation for a profession in the arts.
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, Technical Theatre, visual arts, and music. The school is open for audition from students from the Milwaukee metropolitan area
General Douglas MacArthur
, Wisconsin Historical Marker text
, retrieved April 16, 2010. and actor Spencer Tracy
, retrieved September 7, 2006.attended West Division High School before it was made a specialty arts school. More recently, actress Amy Pietz
and Andrew Mrotek
, former drummer for The Academy Is...
attended MHSA, though not as a music major.
In 2005, the MHSA Artvarks, their Comedy Sportz Improvisational High School League Team took home the State Championship.