milwaukee sentinel

Former newspaper building in Milwaukee will be new home for charter school

March 26, 2021
Tenor High School will convert the former Milwaukee Sentinel building in the city's downtown.

A Milwaukee charter school is proceeding with plans to open in the former home of the local newspaper.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Tenor High School, a program of Seeds of Health Inc., will expand to the historic former Milwaukee Sentinel building. Seeds of Health purchased the building for $1.9 million. The renovations are budgeted at $4.2 million.

Tenor High School plans to begin operating in the four-story building during the 2021-2022 school year.

The location is within two blocks of Milwaukee Area Technical College's downtown campus, and next to student apartments that are being developed within the former Journal Sentinel complex.

Tenor students take three years of high school classes and then attend the technical college in the fourth year for free.

Along with classrooms, the renovated building will include interactive spaces and alcoves, a multi-purpose first floor cafeteria, special education room, and offices.

The future Tenor High School housed the Milwaukee Sentinel for over 30 years before its 1995 merger with the Milwaukee Journal to form the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The building was eventually vacated after the newspapers merged.

It was built in 1918, with additions constructed in 1923 and 1960, according to the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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