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History

FVL was founded in 1953 by an association of Wisconsin Synod members in the Fox River Valley area. In 1958, 16 congregations joined together in a federation for support of FVL. Currently, 42 WELS congregations within a thirty-mile radius of the school comprise the Fox Valley Lutheran High School Federation.

1946

Discussions for a "Valley Lutheran High School" begin


1947

Valley Lutheran High School Rally at Goodland Field.


1948

Fox Valley Lutheran High School Association organized. Greiner Farm purchased as the future site.


1953

Opening of Fox Valley Lutheran High School, eight students, one full-time teacher.


1954

Rev. Harold Warnke becomes principal. view photo.


1955

School song written; Maroon & Gray chosen as school colors; Carrousel - student newspaper - begins publication; first "varsity" basketball game.


1957

First graduation held in June at St. Paul, Appleton. Opening of new building at 2626 North Oneida with 278 students and nine full-time and two part-time teachers.


1958

Federation of area WELS churches formed to assist with school's financial needs.


1965

Dedication of first addition, bringing total worth of school to over $1,000,000 with facilities for 500 students; enrollment at 392.


1967

FVL Foundation established with $100,000 bequest to provide grants to assist families to afford tuition costs.


1970

First foreign exchange students hosted.


 1972

Twentieth school year begins with over 500 students and a budget of over $300,000. FVL has 25 Federation congregations and 27 teachers.


1974

Rev. Wayne Borgwardt becomes principal. view photo First girls' basketball season.


1975

Girls' interscholastic sports program begins. Rise Up and Build expansion program seeks to provide needed improvements.


1977

Twenty-fifth anniversary observed with over 650 students and 34 teachers. Rise Up and Build construction completed, dedicated, and occupied.


1979

Rev. James Plitzuweit becomes principal. view photo.


1980

First computers installed in school. Woodshop program added to manual arts curriculum.


1982

Thirty years of Christian training with 630 students and 36 teachers. Thirty-two Federation congregations operate FVL with a budget of over $1,000,000.


1983

Winterfest inaugurated to assist funding the school music program.


1990

God Bless Our Families family ministry program begun as education component of FVL's Fresh Start effort. Funding A Fresh Start financial goal set at $1.5 million to retire debt and refurbish school.


1991

Mr. Paul Hartwig becomes principal. FVL Foundation exceeds $1 million in assets. view photo.


1993

Fortieth anniversary marked with open house and Federation-wide art showing. 560 students and 37 teachers.


1996

Long Range Planning Committee established to consider future plans, including possible relocation of the school.


1997

FVL Foundation exceeds $2 million in assets.


1998

Purchase of Rahmlow farm. Negotiations with Appleton Catholic Education System (ACES) finalized. FVL General Board approves construction of new campus.


1999

Groundbreaking for new campus takes place in March. Building construction begins in April. "Topping Out" ceremony is celebrated in November.


2000

Cornerstone Laying marked on May 21. Handing over the keys of Oneida Street campus to ACES occurs June 14. The new school opens to 605 students with 38 faculty on August 25. The dedication of new campus takes place September 10.


2001

Football team wins Division 3 State Championship. First baseball & softball games held on FVL campus.


2002

Foxtail Meadow Nature Preserve hosts first-grade school visitors. First soccer games held on FVL campus.


2003

Fifty years of ministry marked with open house and special anniversary service. Girls' basketball team earns state runner-up honors.


2006

Mr. Robert Fischer is called as FVL's first full-time Mission Advancement Director. FVL becomes a member of the 10-team Eastern Valley Conference after six years in the Valley 8. Mr. Alan Nolte accepts call as second assistant principal, replacing Dr. John Kolander, who took a call to be Provost at Wisconsin Lutheran College. 


 2007

International Student Coordinator Mrs. Laura Gucinski is hired to assist with this growing area of ministry.


2008

Enrollment reaches the 640 mark, including 40 international students. Martin Luther, Oshkosh becomes 40th Federation member. Taher Foods becomes the first outside provider of FVL's food service program. Peer Leadership Group is formed. Rev. Leon Ehlert is named as the first recipient of the Trout Educator Award


2009

Foxes boys soccer team wins State Championship.


2010

Immanuel, Clayton becomes 41st Federation member. Boys' soccer team captures second place in state Div. II.


2011

Enrollment rises to 569, with 50 international students from 13 different countries, including 10 from China. Mortgage reduced to under $3 million as Growing in Grace continues to meet its goals. Solar panels installed to save on electricity costs. Dinner Auction raises $104,000 to top the hundred thousand mark for the first time. Accreditation team recommends that FVL receive exemplary accreditation status. FVL Stem Academy opens its doors. All-weather track renovation completed. FVL Schools incorporated as a separate entity.


2012

Bargain Garden celebrates its 20th anniversary in April topping $1 million in sales and $500,000 in donations to FVL. Mr. Craig Charron assumes role as FVL's third Guidance Director, replacing Mr. Tom Welch. First-ever FVL Kinderfest Event held on campus. FVL Schools hosts Daddy-Daughter Dance with over 400 attending. Wireless internet available throughout building.


2013

Legacy Project to raised FVL Foundation assets to $5M unveiled with $60 for 60 program. Principal Hartwig, Business Manager Robert Becker, and Athletic Director Gene Strusz announce their retirement plans. 


 2014

Mr. Steve Granberg begins first year as Principal. Mrs. Martha Baldwin named Director of Operations. Mt. Olive-Suamico joins the FVL Federation. Mrs. Amanda DeCoster hired to be Academic Resource Center Director. Wisconsin Parental Choice Program (School Choice) begins at FVL. 


 2015

New Enrollment Director Ben Priebe begins his work at FVL.  Foxes begin competition in new NEC conference. North Eastern Conference. FVL & FVL Schools raise $58K for our sister schools in Lusaka, Zambia. 


2016

New 1-to-1 technology initiative allows every student to have a laptop as part of their tuition cost. Metals Shop opens & classes begin - taught by Mr. Mark Krause. Automotive training program partnership with FVTC begins. Fitness Center renovated and competition gym floor redesigned. Senior high jumper Ben Gucinski sets the overall state record at the WIAA state meet in June.


 2017

General Board adopts Let the Children Come building expansion program at a cost not to exceed $5.6M.  Groundbreaking Ceremony held November 5. Construction to begin in March 2018 with completion scheduled for August 2018. Erika Priebe wins the WIAA D2 Golf Championship.


 2018

Construction for the Let the Children Come building project begins in March. FVL receives recognition as a PLTW Distinguished School for 2017-18. Zayne Rodencal and Louisa Marxen receive the 2018 All-American Athlete of the Year Award from the NSCA. FVL has 3 students in the first AYES gruaduating class. Colten Schild receives Baseball Player of the Year. 

 

1946
1946: Discussions for FVL begin

1948
1948: Greiner Farm purchased as site

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1953: FVL's first campus

1953
1953: Opening of FVL, 8 students

1957
1957: Opening new building at 2626 N. Oneida

1970
1970: FVL's first foreign exchange students

1972
1972: 20th school year begins, 500 students

 1974
1974: First girls' basketball season

1977
1977: FVL's 25th anniversary

1980
1980: First computers installed in school

1998
1998: Purchase of Rahmlow farm for new campus

1999
1999: Groundbreaking for new campus

2000
2000: Dedication of the new building

2001
2001: Football team wins D3 State

 2002
2002: First Foxtail Meadow tours

2008
2008: 40 international students attend FVL

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2009: Boys' soccer team wins State Championship

2011
2011: STEM Academy opens

2012
2012: FVL hosts first Kinderfest

2015
2015: $58K is raised for schools in Zambia

2016
2016: Metals shop opens & classes begin

2017
2017: Groundbreaking Ceremony

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2017: Erika Priebe wins D2 Golf Championship

2018
2018: Colten Schild receives Baseball Player of the Year 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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