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With a strong focus on academics, activities, and diversity, Rufus King International High School is consistently a top-rated Wisconsin public high school (U.S. News & World Report and the Washington Post). The school offers a rigorous pre-university course of study that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary students. Grades 9 and 10 emphasize the IB Middle Years preparatory program, with students in grades 11 and 12 eligible to earn the coveted IB diploma or individual subject certificates in addition to the MPS diploma. King offers all athletic opportunities and a large number of academic, special interest, and social groups.

This is a high school with entrance requirements and entry is granted through the early admissions process. Contact the school or visit our high school early admissions page for more information about that process.


Academic/Social Clubs & Extracurricular Activities

  • Clubs ( American Sign Language Club (ASL), Asian Club, Black Student Union (BSU), Board Game Club, Chess Club, Debate Club, Forensics, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Glee Club, Key Club, Link Crew, Math Club, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Poetry Club, READY Club, RUSH Christian Youth, Robotics Club, Stage Crew, Student Council, Theater, Writing Club, Yearbook )
  • Extracurricular Activities ( Academic Decathlon, Dance/Poms, Mathletes, Model UN, Weight Lifting )

Advanced Academic Studies

  • International Baccalaureate (IB)

Athletics & Interscholastic Sports

  • Baseball (B)
  • Basketball (B/G)
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country (B/G)
  • Football
  • Golf (B/G)
  • Hockey (G)
  • Soccer (B/G)
  • Softball (G)
  • Swimming (B/G)
  • Tennis (B/G)
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball (B/G)
  • Wrestling (B)

Before & After School

  • Best Buddies
  • Breakdancing
  • Chem Olympiad
  • Chemistry Tutoring
  • College Application Assistance
  • Math Tutoring
  • Open Running
  • SMART Ladies
  • Social Studies Tutoring
  • Youth Health Alliance Corp

College & Career Programs

  • Community/Service Learning
  • Project Lead The Way - Engineering
  • Career and Tech Ed ( Robotics )

Comprehensive Academic Programs

  • World Language Classes ( German, Latin, Spanish )

Fine Arts

  • Art ( Ceramics / Clay Design, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Visual Arts Focus )
  • Dance ( Step )
  • Music ( Band, Chorus, Drum Line, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Music, Orchestra, Piano, Symphony )
  • Performing Arts ( Performing Arts )

Mentoring & Interventions

  • Tutoring Available

Map & Directions

School Administration

Principal Doreen BadilloRegional SuperintendentDr. Jennifer SmithSchool Board MemberDarryl JacksonSchool Board District District # D3School Board Member At-LargeMissy Zombor

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Grades9 - 12School Hours08:00 AM - 03:25 PMSchool TypeRegular Education RegionHigh SchoolTransportationProvided citywide (walk zone excluded) View Transportation Map

Contact Information

Principal Doreen Badillo1801 W OLIVE STMILWAUKEE WI 53209School Address 2Phone (414)267-0700TTY(866)
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