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Messmer Catholic Schools
District Office

742 West Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53206

Phone: 414-264-5440
Fax: 414-264-0672

Mr. Jim Piatt

Mr. Mike Bartels
Vice President of Administration


Messmer High School

742 West Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53206

Phone: 414-264-5440
Fax: 414-264-0672

Mr. Todd Willems

Mr. Geoffrey Kaiser
Vice Principal


Messmer Preparatory Catholic School

3027 North Fratney Street
Milwaukee, WI 53212

Phone: 414-264-6070
Fax: 414-264-6430

Mr. Lewis Lea
Elementary Principal
Ms. Kristen Merry
Associate Principal

St. Rose and St. Leo Catholic School

514 North 31st Street
Milwaukee, WI 53208

Phone: 414-933-6070
Fax: 414-933-3071

Mr. Lewis Lea
Elementary Principal
Ms. Carrie Starr
Associate Principal

1926 - Archbishop Messmer establishes Diocesan High School (now Messmer High School) with 166 students.

1928 - Diocesan High School renamed Messmer High School after Archbishop Sebastian Gebhard Messmer.

1940 - Enrollment reaches all-time high with two shifts of classes to accommodate more than 1,400 students and no freshman classes.


1980 - Messmer begins to see a steady decline in student enrollment.

1984 - Archdiocese of Milwaukee announces the closure of Messmer High School and Save Messmer Committee is formed.

1984 - With support from the DeRance Foundation, the Messmer school building is purchased from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

1985 - Messmer High School reopens with 115 students and 16 faculty members and becomes the first independent Catholic school in Milwaukee.

1995 - Messmer High School becomes the first religious school accepted into School Choice program.

1998 - Archbishop officially recognizes Messmer as an independent Catholic school.


1999 - Messmer Catholic Schools is established to oversee Messmer High School and the new Messmer Preparatory Catholic School (formerly St. Mary Czestochowa).

2007 - Messmer Catholic Schools assumes management of St. Rose and St. Leo schools at the request of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

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