History of Homestead

During the early history of our country, the site of Homestead High School was the domain of the Menominee and Potawatomi Indians. Following the Blackhawk Wars of 1832 the Indian Tribes relinquished their lands by treaty to the United States Government; Indian possession expired in February of 1838.

After the Menominee Treaty, the United States government surveyed the land and roads to this area. The first land sales were held in Green Bay in the fall of 1835. By 1842 the area was populated by a significant number of settlers. Preceding this wave of pioneers were Peter and Anna Frank, who in 1841 obtained an original land grant signed by President Tyler. The descendants of Peter and Anna Frank carefully preserved through the years the 80-acre parcel of land, which is now the site of Homestead High School.

Homestead High School opened its doors to students in 1959. The original building included the present 100, 200, 400, and 500 wings along with a main gymnasium, large cafeteria, little theatre, band and chorus rooms. The 300 wing was added in 1962. In 1968, the 600, 800, and 900 wings, IMC and lecture hall, administrative offices, auditorium, auxiliary gymnasium, and swimming pool were added. The orchestra room was added in 1978.

In June of 1998, the citizens of the community approved a referendum authorizing a $28 million expenditure for building remodeling and additions to Homestead High School. This project has resulted in wonderful additions including the science wing; orchestra, band, choir, and drama rooms; IMC and Academic Success Center; cafeteria and food court; field house; district conference room; and a state-of-the-art heating and air conditioning system. Along with these outstanding features, the existing building was remodeled, with new flooring, lighting, painting, ceilings, and plumbing impacting all classroom and office areas.

The students and staff of Homestead High School are deeply appreciative to the citizens of Mequon-Thiensville School District for making all this expansion and improvement possible.

Last Updated: 6/29/12