Madison High/Central High/Central University High/MATC
1854 - 1969     214 Wisconsin Ave.
This was the first high school in Madison, and the only high school until East High opened in 1922. In 1964 Wisconsin High School on the UW campus closes and merges with Central, which is renamed Central-University High School. 1969 school closes because of declining enrollment as the downtown becomes dominated by business and the UW, and families moved farther out.

Sketch of the Madison Women's Seminary or “Female Academy”. This is the first of three buildings that would be Madison High/Central High. The school used it 1860-1873. This building was also the site of the first classes for the University of Wisconsin from 1849 to 1851 when North Hall opened and the UW had it's own space.

Second Building completed January 5, 1874. (For a picture see WHi-39283 from the Wisconsin Historical Society collection)

Third Building     Built 1906-08     Collegiate Gothic     Cass Gilbert
The last building. School closed in 1969, the building would become home to Madison Area Technical College until it was demolished. The only remnant of the original building is the classical archway on Wisconsin Ave.