"The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity.  Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office."
                                                                                                                                          Dwight D. Eisenhower


After almost two years of construction, the school opened in September of 1969. Ninth and 10th grade students came from New Berlin West High School and 8th grade students from Glen Park totaling 400 students. Eleventh and 12th grade students stayed at NBW and entered Eisenhower the following school year. Staffing included one principal, one assistant principal, two guidance counselors, about 30 teachers, an office receptionist and a bookkeeper/secretary to the principal.

more construction at Eisenhower


Upon the opening of the school, there were many areas of the building not yet completed. Outside the building there was no concrete. It was a sea of mud most of the time. The front office had no walls and was only framed by 2 x 4's. Most of the classrooms did not have any floor tile. Construction was continuing as classes were being held. The faculty room was the social studies office. The library served as the cafeteria. The tech ed wing was not ready and a tarp was pulled over a large portion of the building continuing down the music wing. Band and choir were offered. The gym was not completed so during the first semester, girls. PE consisted of learning how to knit. Locker rooms were not ready. The pool had no water, but the orchestra pit in the auditorium was full of water. That water had to be pumped out only to discover that a section of the building was built on an artesian well. So began the first semester of the 1969-1970 school year. Semester II was much better as completion of construction was nearing an end.


1970 construction


During this time boys? sports included wrestling, football, basketball, cross country, and tennis (there may have been a few more). Girls? sports were only offered thru intramurals. Poms, cheerleaders, yearbook, newspaper, AFS, foreign language, home economics, drama, stage crew, and GAA were some of the clubs that were offered to students. By 1971 DECA, VICA, FBLA and Ecology Clubs were formed. (See the yearbook for more information and pictures of the clubs)


January 28, 1970 Eisenhower held its first Sadie Hawkins dance. This was an exciting time for everyone. In the spring of 1970, the building was completed and a dedication of the building was held. There was a slight problem the Friday before the dedication. It seems like one of the students lit a fire in the boys? bathroom. Needless to say, Mr. Andrews, the principal was not very happy. However, the dedication went on as planned and Eisenhower was officially completed.


In the fall of 1970, another school year began welcoming the 11th and 12th graders from NBW that fed into Eisenhower. In the fall of 1971, the 8th graders from Glen Park who would attend NBW, went to West, the 7th graders from Glen Park then fed into Eisenhower.

Eisenhower Middle / High School