Many Southwest Wisconsin communities have Catholic grade schools.continue at SWNews
Southwest Wisconsin has not had a Catholic high school since Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien closed in 1975. Southwest Wisconsin has not had a parochial high school since Martin Luther Prep School in Prairie du Chien, which used the former Campion facilities, merged with another Lutheran school and left the area in 1995.
That will change when Holy Family High School opens this fall, first in a Catholic school in Ridgeway, and eventually at a site to be determined in the Dodgeville area.
“Our diocese is historically underserved by Catholic education,” said Del Carey, a UW–Platteville professor and member of the Holy Family School board.
Carey said the Diocese of La Crosse has 11 Catholic high schools, the Diocese of Green Bay has 13 high schools, and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has more than 30 high schools. The Diocese of Madison has just Edgewood High School, run by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, and St. Ambrose Academy, both in Madison. [Whoa! I did not know that.]
“If you’ve had a Catholic education you know it’s different from a public education, and you’ve not constrained by formulas — it offers you a little more freedom in what you teach,” said Carey, a Mineral Point native who discovered the difference when he attended Marquette University in Milwaukee. Getting a Marquette degree “changed everything,” he said. [LOL, unintentional comedy has always been one of my favorites]
The genesis of Holy Family came from a group of parents who wanted their children educated in Catholic schools until high school graduation at least.