On April 21, 1900 the Oshkosh Weekly Northwestern reported that the firm of William Waters & Son was successful in it's bid to win the design contract for the high school at New Lisbon, a community about ninety five miles west of Oshkosh in Juneau County. The building was to cost $25,000 and the younger Mr. Waters was on his way to that city to advertise for a contractor and make other preparations. A year later there was another article regarding the New Lisbon school, praising the community of a thousand citizens for building a fine and modern school. The headline read "High School at New Lisbon Tho Small May Give Oshkosh Ideas." Perhaps that was an admonishment, suggesting the Oshkosh School Board may wish to scrutinize the plans of the building; there being a protracted discussion about a new high school in Oshkosh.