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Rufus King High School makes 20th appearance at the National Speech & Debate Tournament

Rufus King DebateBy qualifying for the 2020 National Speech & Debate Tournament, the Rufus King HS debate team marked its 20th appearance at the event, which went virtual in 2020. This incredible accomplishment represents a long-standing tradition of excellence at Rufus King.

"It is a tremendous thing to attend the National Tournament once and a truly outstanding achievement to attend 20 times. Few schools can claim such an accomplishment," J. Scott Wunn, National Director of the National Speech & Debate Association, said.

Congratulations to everyone at Rufus King who has played a part in the team's impressive history!

Milwaukee Public Schools indefinitely suspends district athletics

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) announced it will indefinitely suspend the start of all regular season fall sports. The decision was made to protect the safety of student-athletes, staff and spectators.

“We understand the disappointment and frustration with the delay in the start of athletics,” MPS Athletics Commissioner Bobbie Kelsey said. “But we must always make responsible decisions when it comes to the health of our athletes and fans.“

Milwaukee Public Schools will continue to consider the dynamics of low- to high-contact sports and the ramifications of student-athletes participating. However, MPS will not facilitate sports until it is determined the district can do so safely.

MPS Athletics Online Registration

The Office of Interscholastic Athletics welcomes you to our new paperless student-athlete online eligibility registration system!

All clearance for athletic participation can now be completed here. Once you create your account, sign all waivers, and pay your athletic participation fee, you will be cleared to try out for one of our athletic teams. Read our Registration Guide for more information!

Remember you will not be cleared for participation until all steps in the eligibility process are completed. We are excited to see you out on the courts, fields, and track once athletics resume. Please reach out to the Interscholastic Athletics office or your athletic director if you have additional questions.

The student-athletes in MPS are building friendships, learning new skills, and creating lifelong memories.  Follow their stories on InstagramYouTubeFacebook, and Twitter.  Then, sign up for a sport and join them!  See your school’s athletic director or call 414-475-8219 to get involved and make high school count!

Philosophy of MPS Athletics

The MPS Athletic Department promotes the philosophy that an athlete’s core responsibilities involve the pursuit of personal growth through academic work and team experiences.  We recognize that athletic programming is an extension of academic and practical instruction. Therefore, our primary commitment is educating our student-athletes.

Student-athletes learn a great deal from participating in interscholastic athletics. Lessons in sportsmanship, teamwork, competition, and how to win and lose gracefully are all integral parts of team goals. Athletic competition adds to school spirit and helps students, participants and community members take pride in their school.

Athletic Department Goals:

  • Promote academic excellence in classroom
  • Ensure safe and secure environment for practice and competitions
  • Provide opportunities for student-athletes to develop confidence, self-image, and leadership skills
  • Encourage coaches to be leaders, role models and persons of character
  • Promote value and importance of teamwork, good sportsmanship and fair play
  • Ensure all participants adhere to MPS and Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association rules and policies

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MPS Athletics is exploring the possibility of a sponsored E-Sports league at the high school level. MPS students are invited to complete this brief interest survey!

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Bobbie N. Kelsey

Commissioner of Athletics & Academics

Matt Goodwin

MPS Athletics Manager

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