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100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
(Senate - October 13, 2011)

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              100TH ANNIVERSARY OF WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL


 Mr. KOHL. Madam President, today I recognize and congratulate 
Washington High School on the occasion of its 100th anniversary. As a 
proud alumnus, I take these moments to reflect on the purple and gold's 
story, success and accomplishments that have endured these past 100 
years.
  Located in the Sherman Park Neighborhood of Milwaukee, WI, Washington 
High School, with its never-ending commitment to excellence, has 
welcomed students through its doors and ushered them out to embrace 
bright futures for ten decades. Throughout its evolution and changes, 
Washington High School has always provided its students with a first 
class education, instilling values and providing skills that help 
students pursue employment, higher education and individual dreams.
  Well-known for its focus on technology, the innovative high school 
created the first Career Specialty Program in 1976 focusing on 
computers and earning the school its reputation as ``the computer 
school.'' It has been nationally recognized for its curriculum which 
builds knowledge and critical thinking skills through the use of 
technology.
  The school proudly acclaims each graduating class including notable 
alumni who achieved excellence in business, attained the office of 
Governor of Wisconsin, served at the highest level of our military, 
became Commissioner of Baseball, reached stardom on Broadway and in 
Hollywood, joined the ranks of professional athletes, and even one who 
got elected U.S. Senator; each and every graduate a remarkable person 
who graduated from a remarkable place, Washington High School.
  Wisconsin's strong tradition of excellence in education has been 
shaped by Washington High School's rich, long history filled with a 
century of proud, hopeful students, and extremely dedicated faculty and 
staff. As alumni from varied graduating classes and walks of life, we 
gather as one body to celebrate collectively the spirit of our high 
school years, and the achievements, made individually and collectively 
by a century of alumni.
  As all Washington High School alumni have done before, we cheer for 
the purple and gold, the Purgolders and everything this fine 
institution represents.
  With a warm welcome to all who cherish and gather to remember, I 
proudly congratulate Washington High School, my alma mater, on its 
100th anniversary, and my sincere best wishes for 100 more exceptional 
years.


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