Talk of establishing a "Valley Lutheran High School" in the Fox Cities began in the mid-1940s. With several large Lutheran elementary schools going strong, it seemed natural to expand the Christian education opportunities on the high school level. At the time, less than a dozen Lutheran high schools existed in the entire United States. The closest was Fond du Lac's Winnebago Lutheran Academy. After a variety of setbacks, FVL was founded in 1953 by an association of Wisconsin Synod members in the Fox River Valley. In 1958, the "association" was reorganized into a Federation of 16 congregations who pledged to support the young high school. Currently, the Fox Valley Lutheran High School Federation is a partnership of 43 WELS congregations within a 30-mile radius of campus.