University School of Milwaukee continues to reflect the proud tradition of excellence set forth by our predecessor schools while striving to meet and exceed the challenges of education in the 21st century.

A History of USM and Predecessor Schools

School Spirit and Traditions

University School of Milwaukee is steeped in tradition dating back more than 170 years to the early days of the German-English Academy. Today, USM features a series of division-specific and All-School activities that bring our students together in friendship, community, and school spirit.

Our Opening Day ceremony welcomes students back to campus and highlights our Common Trust tenet for the coming school year.

School spirit hits a fever pitch during our Homecoming festivities, as the USM community comes together for a series of athletic events, pep rallies, and Willie the Wildcat’s Fall Fun Fest each fall. The all-school outdoor pep rally highlights Homecoming week, as students gather on our newly installed football field and perform grade-specific cheers and engage in activities together as a school.

The year concludes with our Senior Send-off, where we convene as a school to bid farewell to USM’s graduating class. Each grade performs a skit or song for our seniors, who take a victory lap before exiting for a final time as Wildcats.

History and Tradition