JP was an honor roll student at Whitefish Bay High School, a comprehensive public secondary school located in the village of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. Enrollment is about 1000 students, in grades 9 through 12. JP's father Joe Sr. graduated from Whitefish Bay in 1960. The school colors are blue and grey. The school's mascot is the "Blue Duke".
JP's extracurricular activities included:
Youth For Understanding - Foreign Exchange Program
in Queensland, Australia
Advanced Placement Art at the Milwaukee Museum
Varsity Football - Team Captain (North Shore Conference champions)
Wind Ensemble/Band - Percussionist