Racine High School

Racine High School was on the same block that the Racine County Courthouse is on now. It was built in 1852 and was the first public school in Wisconsin.

Racine High School

Racine High School’s curving rear section

Racine High School, 1911

Joan of Arc statue donated by the RHS class of 1904



Racine High School football team, Class of 1919

Racine High School football team, Class of 1919

1920 Kipikawi yearbook

Racine High School Senior Annual 1909, as a PDF, 20 megabytes: Racine_High_School_Senior_Annual_1909_smaller Ben Hecht, who would run away to Chicago after high school to become a famous writer and journalist, is featured prominently in this book.

Racine High School Senior Annual 1911, as a PDF

Little Bits of Etiquette, Racine High School, 1925

Little Bits of Etiquette, Racine High School, 1925


From the 1922 Kipikawi:









  • Impressive about Racine High School
    • Large number of teachers
    • Large number of vocational teachers
    • Large number of school organizations with large student participation — see the Kipikawi staff listing
    • Large number of commercial teachers and staff
    • Large number of people in the Kipikawi advertising staff
  • Interesting notes
    • The captions for student pictures are carefully done, and often refer to who is pairing off with who
    • Many boys’ captions refer to them being distracted by a certain special girl
    • Many girls’ captions refer to their boyfriends, curling their hair and wearing dresses to please “him”
    • The photo collages between sections are some of the most interesting photos with identifiable backgrounds, such as the Unitarian Church at 7th and College, and the old YMCA on 7th street (page 84 of the 1926 Kipikawi).
    • “The old Meachem home on College Avenue was razed to make room for the new Y. W. C. A. building.” (Racine: The Belle City, Alice Sankey). According to my 1940 phonebook, J.G. Meachem (this would be the long-lived J.G. Meachem Jr.) lived at 905 Main Street. Hmm. I wonder who lived at College Avenue? Maybe his father, J.G. Meachem Sr.?

Racine High School Class of 1886

3 thoughts on “Racine High School

  1. I currently inherited old year books from my grandmother who passed away many years ago. They are from 1922-24. I do not want to throw them out and they may be able to be archived by your school. I would appreciate a reply to see if I can send them to you. Thank you

  2. I’m interested in tracking down Racine High School year books from 1914 – 1917. My grandfather, John Slezak, graduated in 1917. Can anybody tell me the best way to find them? Are they available as pdf files? Any information would be helpful. Thanks

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