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The Alliance School building's history of Milwaukee community service goes back over 100 years

These days, this Milwaukee building on Walnut Street a first-of-its-kind high school with a special focus on eliminating bullying. But when it was built more than a century ago, it was designed to serve the community in a different way—as a "social center," offering year round educational programs for neighbors.
OnMilwaukee's Bobby Tanzilo and I take a deep dive into the history of Lapham Park Social Center, now Alliance High School, in this episode of Urban Spelunking.

Learn how Milwaukee joined other cities in the "social center movement" spreading across the U.S. in the 1910s.

Location: 850 W. Walnut St.

Built: 1914

Current Use: Alliance High School, a 200 student charter school with a zero tolerance bullying policy

Fun Fact: The original main entrance used to face N. 9th St., which no longer runs by the building. You have to walk around to the "side" of the building from the street to get to the main door.

For more, make sure to read Bobby's complete, special edition story at

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Director of Digital Content | Radio Milwaukee