Photo 13: Washington High School’s “Old Main” in Sherman Park
May 30, 2012
by Adam Carr
Celebrating its 100th anniversary last year, Washington High School (2525 N. Sherman Blvd.) is one of MPS’s oldest and most storied schools. This corridor, complete with mural, chandelier and purple Purgolder “W”s on the doors, has been known to generations of students as “Old Main.” Prominent Washington graduates include Senator Herb Kohl, former Wisconsin governor Lee Dreyfus, Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig, NBA star Latrell Sprewell, actor Gene Wilder and many more.
Sherman Park has had a longstanding commitment to diversity. In the 1970s, the Sherman Park Community Association successfully fought against predatory real estate practices known as redlining and blockbusting and halted a freeway from
dividing the neighborhood. Today, the spirit of integration lives on in this large,