Philosophy of MCDS Athletics

At MCDS we believe in education-based athletics allowing our competitive sports to play an active role in our students’ overall experience.  MCDS Athletics offers students opportunities to be leaders, to value teamwork, to respect others and fair play and to improve sports skills in a competitive and healthy learning environment.

Building Teamwork & Self-Confidence 

We offers students the opportunity to develop teamwork, self-confidence, perseverance, sportsmanship, and a lifelong love of physical activity. Each year MCDS evaluates new sports, programs, and ideas to further expand opportunities for our students.  

Student-athletes benefit from our carefully maintained facilities, including our collegiate-level track and gymnasium, as well as our dedicated coaches and supportive school spirit. Our Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) cooperative partnerships with other local high schools provide a range of additional varsity sport challenges to our high school student-athletes.

Conference Championships 2023-24:

  • MAISL 7th and 8th grade Girls Volleyball Champions
  • First Team Trailways Conference 3rd place, All-State Academic Team
  • MAISL 7th and 8th grade Girls Basketball Champions
  • MAISL 6th grade Boys Consolation Bracket Champions

School Records 2023-24:

  • High School Boys Soccer, New MCDS Record Season Assists
  • High School Cross Country, 5K MCDS Record 19:15.2

How Ella '23 made history for MCDS in cross country

MCDS students earn second team honors in cross country


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Meet Anne Gravel, Athletic Director

This summer, MCDS welcomed Anne Gravel to the role of athletic director. Most recently a teacher, coach, and instructional leader at Middleton High School, Anne is excited to rejoin the world of independent schools. The native New Yorker brings thirty years’ experience working as a teacher and mentor to students and athletes alike to her new position.

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Athletics at MCDS have helped me become a better person because I learned how to time manage and to commit. You see a bigger picture on a team and realize your role and importance. It has taught me the struggle of work, but also the satisfaction gained from accomplishment.

—MCDS High School Student

MCDS Basketball
On The Rise!

The 2021-22 season was an incredible year for the MCDS basketball program, with numerous records broken and success at all levels. After a full season off due to the pandemic, the middle school basketball teams demonstrated great improvement. MCDS was able to field six middle school teams this year: fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade boys, as well as combined fifth and sixth grade, and seventh and eighth grade girls teams. Each team grew in skills and basketball knowledge over the course of the season.

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Ella Whinney '26 (Frank Poulin)

 Ella Whinney '26 (Frank Poulin)

MCDS Alumna Ella Whinney '22 set a personal best

in the 1000m race as Wellesley College track and field finished in a tie for 18th at the New England Division III Championships from the TRACK at New Balance.


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