Documents relating to high school life in Milwaukee during the Depression

High Schools Face the Great Depression

The Depression transformed high school enrollment as teenagers who could not find began attending high schools. In Milwaukee, the number of high school students increased by over 8,000 between 1930 and 1940. Although enrollment increased, funding did not, which led to overcrowded classrooms and poor learning environments. In an effort to save money, Milwaukee Public Schools reduced lighting, turned down the heat, and completed only the most urgent repairs. Students also had less money to spend on lunch and books which led to a decline in sales at bookstores and cafeterias. This site, a part of the Children in Urban America Project, focuses on high school life in Milwaukee during the Depression.

This link brings you to the contents page for the "Through Children's Eyes" section of the site. Scroll down to find the link to the article on high schools. 

Related Topics: Industrialization and Urbanization
Depression and Unemployment
Creator: Various
Pub Data: Children in Urban America Project.
Citation: Use the bibliographic data on the individual article, followed by the phrase Online facsimile at:; Visited on: 6/23/2018