Allen Central High School

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Allen Central High School
442 KY Rt. 550
Eastern, Kentucky, (Floyd County), 41622
United States
Coordinates 37°31′02″N 82°48′31″W / 37.517138°N 82.808581°W / 37.517138; -82.808581Coordinates: 37°31′02″N 82°48′31″W / 37.517138°N 82.808581°W / 37.517138; -82.808581
School type Public school (government funded), high school
School district Floyd County Schools
NCES District ID 2101950[1]
CEEB Code 180723
NCES School ID 210195000404[2]
Principal Larry Begley[3]
Faculty 22.00 (on an FTE basis) [2]
Grades 912
Enrollment 381 [2] (2010-2011 school year)
Grade 9 108 [2]
Grade 10 93 [2]
Grade 11 101 [2]
Grade 12 79 [2]
Student to teacher ratio 17.32 [2]
Language English
Campus Rural: Distant
Columbia blue and grey with dark red
Mascot Rebels
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[edit]

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,[4] and the school mascot is a Confederate soldier who, as of late 2006, appeared on a sign at the entrance to the school.[5] 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.[6] The images have stoked controversy, since many consider them to be racist symbols, whether in Floyd County, in Kentucky, and elsewhere, although there is also support in the county for retaining the symbols.[7]

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.[6]

Academic courses[edit]

Allen Central High School provides 33 main courses along with participation in the County Early College Academy. They include:

Mathematics: algebra I, algebra II, geometry, precalculus, calculus

Social studies: introduction to social studies, World civilizations, history, geography, psychology, United States history

The sciences: integrated science I, integrated science II, biology, human anatomy, biomedical research and experimental medicine, chemistry

English language arts: English studies I, English studies II, English studies III, English studies IV

Enrichment: Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, studies of practical living, music, guitar studies, physical education and gymnastics, health, art

Foreign languages: Spanish I, Spanish II, German II

On-campus college credit classes: college algebra, English studies 100, English studies 200, music 100


Boys' basketball, girls' basketball, volleyball, track running, archery, American football, baseball, softball

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Academic Team, NHD History Club, Kentucky Youth Assembly, Student Technology Leadership Program, Yearbook Committee, Student Council, Chorus, Band, Math Club


  1. ^ "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Floyd County". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Allen Central High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ "ACHS Faculty & Staff". Retrieved December 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ "David-ACHS game postponed again", The Floyd County Times January 21, 2007, (accessed August 4, 2007)
  5. ^ "Confederate symbols abide", Cincinnati Enquirer, December 10, 2006
  6. ^ a b [1] The Associated Press, "Ky. students embrace Confederate mascot, flag despite controversy", December 9, 2006, as published on the web site of The First Amendment Center, based in Arlington, Virginia (accessed August 4, 2007)
  7. ^ [2] Prater, Kathy J., "Debate over Confederate flag continues", The Floyd County Times, January 24, 2007 (accessed August 4, 2007)

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