Award Year: 2015

Washburn High School

305 West 4th Street
Washburn, WI, 54891-0730

(715) 373-6188

Mrs. Heidi M. King, Principal at time of Nomination

Washburn School District

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Our mission is to enable students to enter the global society with the knowledge, skills, habits, and attitudes required to be contributing citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 79%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 17%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Science students prepare the aquaponics lab for fish and lettuce.

Science students prepare the aquaponics lab for fish and lettuce.

Washburn High School (WHS) is located in the small town of Washburn, Wisconsin located on the shores of Lake Superior. Washburn has 2,100 residents and a diverse population. WHS has a reputation for providing high quality education and teaching the whole child. Our school promotes seven core values in “A Portrait of a Graduate” and has an active Service Learning program. Both are enhanced by strong community involvement.

Washburn High School is designated a Green and Healthy School, which demonstrates our progress toward becoming both healthier within our student body and more environmentally friendly. We have a state-of-the-art environmental learning courtyard including a high tunnel green house, a rain garden, a pollinator garden, and an aquaponics lab. We take full advantage of our unique region by implementing place-based and project-based learning.

The students of WHS are challenged academically, with a high level of success. Our academic test scores are consistently above the state and national average. In a typical graduating class, 75 to 85 percent of the students choose to pursue a college education. These results stem from a rigorous academic and career education program. Our small school offers transcripted college credits in several classes and four in-house Advanced Placement courses.

Our small community and school does have challenges, especially economically, but regardless of that we truly believe all students can learn and achieve at high levels. Parents, the dedicated staff, and the community all contribute to the success of WHS students becoming contributing citizens in a global society.