Allen Central High School
|Allen Central High School|
|442 KY Rt. 550
Eastern, Kentucky, (Floyd County), 41622
|School type||Public school (government funded), high school|
|School district||Floyd County Schools|
|NCES District ID||2101950|
|NCES School ID||210195000404|
|Faculty||22.00 (on an FTE basis) |
|Enrollment||381  (2010-2011 school year)|
|Grade 9||108 |
|Grade 10||93 |
|Grade 11||101 |
|Grade 12||79 |
|Student to teacher ratio||17.32 |
Columbia blue and grey with dark red
|Feeder schools||Allen Central Middle School, James A. Duff Elementary, May Valley Elementary (Major), Allen Elementary, McDowell Elementary (Minor)|
Allen Central High School (ACHS) is a secondary school located in Eastern, Floyd County, Kentucky, U.S.A., and is one of four public high schools in the Floyd County School system. The school colors were Columbia blue and gray; however, over time dark red has been added.
Built in the late 1960s, the first principal at ACHS was Dave Hensley. After his death, a bridge that carries Kentucky Route 80 in front of Allen Central Middle School and Hensley's former home was renamed the Dave Hensley Memorial Bridge.
ACHS sports teams are the Rebels. American football games and track races are played on Rebel Field. Basketball, volleyball and archery are played in the J. H. Campbell Gymnasium. The school plays host to many county and district tournaments due to its central location.
Mascot and flag scandals
For the past 34 years,[when?] the school has displayed symbols of the Confederate States of America. A Confederate flag was displayed in the school gymnasium as recently as January 2007, and the school mascot is a Confederate soldier who, as of late 2006, appeared on a sign at the entrance to the school. A nearby courtyard has blue brick forming the Cross of St. Andrew, and a mural in the lobby shows a rebel soldier carrying the flag on horseback. Other images of rebel soldiers and Confederate flags cover the same walls. The images have stoked controversy, since many consider them to be racist symbols, both in Floyd County, in Kentucky, and elsewhere, although there is also support in the county for retaining the symbols.
In December 2006, the David School, a private school in the same sports league as Allen Central, decided not to play a basketball game at the school because the it considered the Confederate symbols a form of taunting, which is forbidden by the athletic league.
The Justice Resource Center in Louisville, Kentucky, a civil rights group, criticized the school's prominent displays of the Confederate flag at the school and at public events, and the head of the organization, the Rev. Louis Coleman, said "the rebel flag to African-Americans represents something very bad - it represents slavery." Coleman suggested that black members of nearby school sports teams should have the option of not participating in events where Confederate symbols are displayed, and told the Associated Press that the flag creates "a very tense and negative atmosphere" for black student athletes.
Allen Central's former principal, Sis Hall, and many students at the school have defended the Confederate emblems, calling them symbols of strength, independence and pride. The school's use of the emblems "has nothing to do with racism", Hall told an Associated Press reporter. "It's a part of us."
Allen Central adopted the school flag and mascot in 1972, when four other schools were consolidated to form the high school. Students formed a committee and chose the mascot. The four previous schools and their mascots were the Maytown Wildcats, the Garrett Black Devils, the Wayland Wasps and the Martin Purple Flash.
Allen Central High School provides 33 main courses along with participation in the County Early College Academy. They include:
English language arts: English studies I, English studies II, English studies III, English studies IV
On-campus college credit classes: college algebra, English studies 100, English studies 200, music 100
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