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Tour Rawhide & Starr Academy


The Starr Academy, named for Bart and Cherry Starr, is fully accredited by the Wisconsin Religious and Independent Schools Accreditation (WRISA). WRISA is a state chapter of the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations which is recognized by the College Board and the Office of Non-Public Education, an office within the U. S. Department of Education. Starr Academy is the high school for troubled youth at Rawhide Boys Ranch.

John J. & Ethel D. Keller Education Center

The Keller Education Center opened in 1998 and was funded by Jack and Ethel Keller of J. J. Keller and Associates in Neenah, Wisconsin. This portion of the high school contains a library, computer labs, and eight educational classrooms including a science lab and art room. Title I math and reading classes are available for high school students who are deficient in these areas.

Chester L. Krause Fieldhouse

The Chester L. Krause Fieldhouse opened in 1998. Funded by Chet Krause, founder of Krause Publications in Iola, Wisconsin. The fieldhouse contains two full-sized basketball courts, locker rooms, the Bret Starr Memorial Fitness Center, a small concession and a large stage area with a complete sound system.

Competitive athletic opportunities are available for students on the Starr Academy basketball and track teams which compete inter-scholastically with area high schools.

Gabrielse Woodworking Shop

In 2007, the Gabrielse Woodworking Shop was added to the school through the generous donation of George Gabrielse. He donated state-of-the-art woodworking equipment along with the initial supply of wood.

Wood shop is an elective class, like other high schools, that allows young men to learn more about woodworking as a trade and as a hobby.

Since 2007, students have created bookcases, benches, handheld mirrors and plant stands.

Fine Arts Auditorium and Student Activity Center

The Fine Arts Auditorium and Student Activity Center were opened in 2004 and funded by major donations from Jack and Ethel Keller, Thrivent Financial along with individuals.

The auditorium seats up to 282 and is used for chapel services, guest speakers, performances and is available to the general public.

Activity Center

The activity center is used as a reward for students who meet certain standards and have earned their privileges.