Prior to 1970, Sennett Middle School was named Lafollette Middle School. This made sense-due to the proximity of LaFollette High School. In 1970, the school board unanimously agreed to rename the school Ray F. Sennett in honor of the former school board president, Ray F. Sennett, who had just passed away. Sennett was a prominent citizen in Madison, specifically on the Eastside, where he lived his entire life.
Here are some highlights of his life:
- Graduate of Madison High School
- 1939 Graduate of UW Madison
- Vice President of two banks--Secuirty State Bank and Randall State Bank
- Director of the Madison Bus Company
- Vice President of the Madison Chamber of Commerce
- Member and Past President of the Eastside Businessmen's Club
- 1956 March of Dimes Campaign Chairman
- Division Chairman of the United Givers Fund Campaign
- Madison Club Member
- 32nd Degree Mason
- Sports enthusiast (golf, football, softball, fishing and bowling)
- MMSD School Board member for 23 years (including Treasurer and President)
He is quoted as saying that Madison is "the best city in the world. Friends are its most important asset."