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WSD Alumni Donate $4.7 Million for New East High School Aquatic Space and Outdoor Learning Space at Lincoln Elementary



picture of current East High School pool area

(Pictured: Current East High School Pool, designed in 1972.)


Wauwatosa East High School will receive a new, state-of-the-art aquatic space thanks to a generous donation by John and Tashia Morgridge, both 1951 alumni of the Wauwatosa School District.

The donation will fund a complete renovation of the existing pool space inside Wauwatosa East High School.

While the design of the project has not yet begun, the project will improve the condition of the pool itself and will also include the renovation of the surrounding aquatic space; modernizing the interior and updating locker rooms to provide universal access and meet the needs of all students, staff, and recreational participants the pool currently serves.

“We are so incredibly grateful for the generosity of John and Tashia Morgridge. Their investment in this community is a tremendous gift that will serve the students and residents of Wauwatosa for decades to come,” said Superintendent Phil Ertl.

John and Tashia are Wauwatosa natives and graduates of Wauwatosa High School (Class of 1951). Mr. Morgridge, Chairman Emeritus of Cisco Systems, is making the donation in honor of the 1951 State, Suburban, and Cardinal Relays champion swim team, of which John is a proud member.

“Growing up in the 40’s and 50’s, Wauwatosa provided an ideal childhood environment. Schools and pools were a key part of its basic fabric. For us the benefits of that experience have lasted a lifetime. This donation is made to help ensure that same environment for TOSA kids in the future,” said Tashia and John Morgridge.

In addition to the renovation of East High School’s aquatic space, the Morgridge’s donation, totaling $4.7 million, will also fund an outdoor learning space for the new Lincoln Elementary School. Mr. Morgridge and two family members are also alumni of Lincoln School.

Additional details will be shared once the design process begins.