Central High Schoool (Springfield, MO)


  • Name:Suzi Bryant

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  • Organization Name:Central High Schoool
  • Address:423 E. Central
    Springfield, MO 65802
    United States

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  • Main phone:523-9600

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  • Mission:
  • “Excellence in Teaching and Learning for All!”

    We strive for excellence in teaching and learning for all by inspiring students to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners who are prepared to be active participants in a global society.

    “Excellence in Academics – Global Citizenship – Diversity”

    The vision of Central High School is to be a Premier Educational Center providing a quality education for a diverse student population.

    We are committed to developing a community of learners devoted to academic excellence, good citizenship, and the celebration of diversity. By sharing experiences in the classroom setting and beyond, students can develop their awareness of, and sensitivity to, the experiences of others beyond the local or national community.

  • Overview:
  • Central High is part of the Springfield R-12 school district. Springfield has 5 High schools, 9 middle schools, 37 elementary schools, and 15 choice programs in which funding is distributed.
    Central is known for it's history, diversity and growth. After years of rumors that the school would close; Central High School has grown to an enrollment of 1773. Over half of that population (54.4%) received free and reduced lunch. We celebrate students from 20 different countries and offer educational assistance to them. Central High is a host school to several optional programs. The Springfield Scholars Program ("Scholars") is a full-time middle school program designed to identify and provide educational services for highly gifted students in grades 6-8. This accelerated academic experience provides students with the opportunity to pursue areas of strength in a high school setting. Students must qualify for gifted services and complete an application process to be eligible for participation.
    The IB Diploma Programme (DP) is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, grades 11 and 12, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students. The DP prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society.
    These advanced programs do not monopolize our school. Students of all levels are welcome and have the opportunity to excel. The school continues to decrease drop-out rates and increase 4-year graduation rates to 84.38%. through an in-school nursery and credit-recovery options. Students furthering their education ranked 75%. .

  • History:
  • 1867 - Springfield took its first step toward free education. The first step in the free school line was to rent a building, a high school with 68 students and a primary school with 204 students. A Board of Education composed of some of the best businessmen was elected.
    1871 - The Board issued twenty thousand 10% bonds to fund a new school building. They purchased a lot near the public square (northwest corner of Jefferson and Olive) and erected a fine twelve room building.
    1872 - The first class is graduated. It had two members.
    1893 - Grover Cleveland was President; businesses and the population of Springfield were growing rapidly. Construction began on Springfield Senior High. The 3+ acres upon which the school sits cost the city $15,000. The building cost $60,000 including equipment; the total cost for the school came to a little over $100,000. The school's western section was located on the northeast corner of Central and Jefferson. High school classes were moved from the old school at Jefferson and Olive to the new building.
    1894, January 6 - Springfield Senior High was dedicated on this day. The four story building contained forty-four classrooms and an auditorium. There were seventy-six students, and the first graduation class consisted of two students.
    1906 - Construction began on the second section of the Senior High School.
    1907 - Eleven rooms were added to what is now the center section of the main building.
    1914 - Construction began on the third section of Senior High School. Twenty rooms and a gymnasium were added. That addition was the east wing of the original building. A heating plant was built behind the main building.
    1916 - The six room manual training building was completed. Sometime after May of this year, the bell tower was removed.
    1930 - The board bought a new gymnasium site. Work began on an extensive remodeling of the old gym into science labs.
    1931, March 10 - Student dedication was held. This was the first time the entire student body was present at a single assembly period.
    1931, March 11 - Dedication of the "finest gymnasium in the state" with a packed house of 2100 people to see the first game. The "pit" was host to the State Basketball Championship in 1939.
    1936 - Senior High Stadium was built. The name was later changed to Harrison Stadium.
    1937 - The Fine Arts Building was built.
    1939 - Construction began on the Industrial Arts Building, a new auditorium, and cafeteria.
    1940 - Dedication of the Industrial Arts Building, auditorium, and cafeteria.
    1956 - Senior High School was renamed Central High School after the district builds more high schools.
    1983 - Construction was completed on a new physical education building/wrestling facility. Gymnasium and main building improvements were completed.
    1994 - Central receives its A+ Schools grant. In the fall of 1997, the Missouri State Board of Education designates Central as a Missouri A+ school. The A+ Schools program is a school-improvement initiative established by the Outstanding Schools Act of 1993. The program raises academic standards, open new doors to higher education, and introduce students to the teaching profession though tutoring and mentoring activities.
    1996 - Central becomes the fourth school in Missouri to sponsor the International Baccalaureate degree program. As a result, student enrollment goes up after years of decline.
    2000, April - Voters approve a major bond issue for the Springfield School District. The resulting funds allow the first complete renovation of the 19th Century buildings and major additions -- thoughts of demolishing Central are forgotten. When construction was completed in 2002, Central High School once again became Springfield's showcase school--melding the past with the present and beyond.

  • Year established:1893
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:6
  • Staff size:154


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Unknown
  • IRS Section:Unknown
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:44-6005539