Marquette University High School has formed various partnerships throughout their history in order to pursue community improvements. In 1998, Marquette University High School partnered with Merrill Park to remodel a house and improve the real estate in the area. In 1995, MUHS faculty and students worked to construct a playground for St. Rose Catholic Urban Academy. Other efforts in which MUHS worked with the community have involved repairing a monument in Whitnall Park, a playground in Merrill Park, student involvement in community events, and new partnership programs which Marquette University High School continues to develop.
Browse the articles below to learn more about the various partnerships MUHS has fromed in order to improve the Near West Side or click here to view photos of students working on these projects.
Marquette High Neighborhood Partnership, Winter 1994
Article on the growing partnership of Marquette University with the Near West Side and the Merrill Park neighborhood including the Gordon Henke Center. Students are required to be involved in neighborhood projects and are assigned to one according to their age and level of maturity including federally funded food distribution programs, neighborhood service fair, tutoring at St. Rose Grade school, home winterizing, and a survey of homes. Students volunteer about 26,000 hours annually in the city and outlying areas, especially in the Milwaukee West community.
Sleep Outs Help to Raise Money for Merrill Park Neighborhood, Winter 1995
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on the sleep outs that were used to raise money for Merrill Park. More than 100 MUHS students participated and $3,500 of the funds was converted into a down payment for a West Side family, Edith and John Hall and their son Tyrell, to own their dream home that they’d been renting. The first sleepout to raise money for the Merrill Park neighborhood was in the fall of 1993 and students got sponsors for sleeping outside.
Marquette High Students Build Playground for Neighborhood Kids, Winter 1995
Article on the partnership between MUHS and St. Rose which was assisted by Playworks Company and resulted in MUHS students building a $10,000 playground. This project was decided by the Christian Discipleship Theology Class which targets projects in the neighborhood every year to work with residents, community groups, and students from St. Rose.
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The City...a Sacred Place, Summer 1996
Letter from Susan M. Smith, Direction of Communications, on the role of a Jesuit, educational institution located in the city, including "linking our Christian faith to the real and urgent needs of the people around us;” the article emphasizes partnerships around the community, community service.
Higher Ground: Marquette High Helps Rebuild Merrill Park Neighbhorhood, Spring 1998
Article on Marquette University High School's involvement in reconstructing a house in Merrill Park and outreach activities including tutoring, painting homes of the needy, offering spring cleaning services. The main focus of the article is the Partners Project, an effort whereby the school helps the Merrill Park Neighborhood Association revitalize the area’s housing stock using student, parent, and alumni volunteers. The goal was to increase home ownership. MUHS secured more than $83,000 in cash, donated labor, and materials and also established a fund to rehabilitate more homes in the area.
Partners Project, Winter 2000
Explanation of the joint effort of MUHS and the Merrill Park Neighborhood Association (MPNA), including the goal of the project, which is “to create better housing for the Merrill Park Neighborhood...The purpose of the project is to rehabilitate existing homes and to promote home ownership...which secures a healthy, safe, and thriving community.”
The article includes an image and caption of the completed Partners Project house in Merrill Park.
Committed to the Neighborhood: MUHS Anchors Near West Side, Fall 2009
Article on the interactions and commitment of Marquette University High School to the Near West Side. MUHS students continue the Mission campaign to create Three Holy Companions Chapel and a vibrant classroom space for the arts and sciences. Partnerships include Merrill Park Neighborhood Association, Valley Park Civic Association, Avenues West Association, Historic Concordia Neighborhood Association, and Menomonee Valley Partners. The article also mentions the Near West Side Plan, which is a road map that includes land use policies, six distinct districts, four specific corridors and 8 catalytic projects, which were approved by the Milwaukee Common Council in March 2004 and is part of the Milwaukee Overall Comprehensive Plan.
Soldier Rediscovered by MUHS Homeroom, May 2013
Article discusses a MUHS history class restoring a forgotten Civil War monument of soldier Col. Jerome A. Watrous in Whitnall Park. The students utilized the MKE Public Library System and Wisconsin Historical Society Archives in Madison and presented their research at the Kenosha Civil War Museum. A QR-code was placed at the monument to provide visitors with further information on the monument.
MUHS, Journey House, Summer/Fall 2013
Article on MUHS and Journey House's growing partnership in working to make improvements in the neighborhood.
Journey House is local service organization that uses a self-help approach to strengthen families and revitalize neighborhoods through its many service programs such as education, nutrition, literacy and athletics. Mentions a partnership that allows MUHS students to use Packers Field at Mitchell Park, which the Green Bay Packers donated to Journey House. MUHS uses the field for football and lacrosse games and Journey House will use it for their Youth Football and Cheerleading Program and League with more than 300 kids ages 6 to 12.
Merrill Park Receives New Playground, September 2015
More than 250 volunteers helped to install a new learning center and playground equipment sponsored by KaBoom!, Dr. Pepper/Snapple, MUHS, and the Merrill Park Neighborhood Association; article includes a photo of Rev. Warren Sazama, SJ compacting mulch with volunteers to while dancing to the song “Jump Around.”