Centennial High School (Minnesota)

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Coordinates: 45°09′15″N 93°08′56″W / 45.1541000°N 93.1489000°W / 45.1541000; -93.1489000[1]

Centennial High School
Many Learners with One Goal: Excellence
4707 North Road
Circle Pines, Minnesota 55014
Type Public high school
Established 1958[2]
School district Centennial School District
Principal Tom Mephisto Breuning
Assistant principals Michelle Baland
Bryan Carlson
Josh Krebs
Faculty 108 (on FTE basis)[3]
Enrollment 2,159 (as of 2013-2014)[3]
Student to teacher ratio 20.08[3]
Color(s) Scarlet Red and White
Nickname Cougars

Centennial High School is a high school in Circle Pines, Minnesota which services over 2,200 students in the 9th through 12th grade in the cities of Lexington, Blaine, Centerville, Lino Lakes and Circle Pines, as part of the Centennial School District.

The school campus is divided between two buildings: the White building and the Red building. The buildings have recently been renamed to the West building and East building. Classes go for 55 minutes each with a passing time of 8 minutes.

Included on campus are a sports arena for indoor soccer and hockey, football and track field, several baseball and softball diamonds, soccer fields, and a swimming pool. There are two pay-parking lots for students who use their own vehicles to travel to school.

The current principal is Tom Breuning and the assistant principals are Bonnie Thoms, and Karen Allen.

Centennial high school is on the border between Circle Pines Minnesota and Blaine Minnesota. Although it has been decided that it is in fact in Circle Pines, there still is discrepancy.

Centennial's rival school is [Blaine High School (Minnesota)| Blaine High School] in Blaine, Minnesota.

As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,159 students and 108 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 20.08.[3]


Centennial offers a wide variety of courses, including Psychology, Sociology, Honors Botany, Honors Zoology, Photography, Video Production, Architectural Drafting, Interior Design, Marketing, 21st Century Law, and Commercial Graphic Design.[4]


Clubs offered at Centennial High School include: Anime Club, Bowling, FACS, Fall Musical, FIRST Robotics Team, French Club, Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Class Committees, German Club, Girls Lacrosse, Knowledge Bowl, Pro Eating Club, Mock Trial, Gaming Club, Literary Club, Math Team, National Honor Society, Newspaper, National Forensic League, One-Act Play, Recycling Club, SADD, Spanish Club, Speech Team, Spring Play, Student Ambassador (Peer Leaders), Student Council, Super Mileage, World Culture Club, YMCA, and Youth In Government.


Sports offered by the school include cheerleading, swimming, soccer, basketball, volleyball, cross country, downhill skiing, tennis, hockey, football, wrestling, baseball, softball, lacrosse, track, and gymnastics. In 1995, Centennial retired their former name (Centennial Chiefs) and replaced it with the Centennial Cougars.

Dance team[edit]

The dance team has been coached by Natalie Howlet-Albrecht for 6 years now. The team competes in high kick and jazz funk competitions and invitationals. Competitions held for varsity and junior varsity levels. (Tryouts are held in the spring for the following year.) The team participated in the state competition in 2009, 2010, and 2012.

Boys' hockey[edit]

The 2004 boys hockey team finished the season with a 30−1−0 record, and won their first ever state championship by shutting out Academy of Holy Angels (2-0), Wayzata High School (3-0), and Moorhead High School (1−0) in the state championship in their first-ever appearance.[5][6][7] The team won their championship over Moorhead in front of a crowd of more than 17,000 at the Xcel Energy Center, home of the NHL Minnesota Wild.[8] This marked the first time a goalie (Centennial's Greg Stutz) has ever carried a shutout throughout an entire state tournament in its 60-year history, with Stutz making 53 saves on all 53 shots on goal.[9][10] Four players were named to the Class AA All-Tournament Team.[11]

Tom Gorowsky was named the 2004 Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award Winner.[12][1], Fellow teammate R.J. Anderson was a candidate for the 2005 Minnesota Mr. Hockey and was awarded Minneapolis Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year. Notable alumni -Jimmy Klein, he played 1 season for the cougars and his jersey currently hangs at the Excel Energy Center.[13]

The Cougars went on to state again in 2013 and lost in overtime to the Wayzata Trojans of Wayzata High School. During the game there was a shot on goal by Centennial that was deemed a no goal that pictures later showed had crossed the goal line. If it had been deemed a goal overtime would have been avoided and the Cougars would have won the game and advanced to the semi-finals. The Cougars again advanced to state during the 2013-2014. In Section 5AA they were seeded as the #3 seed and upset the #2 seeded team, Maple Grove High School, in the semi-finals 4-0, and then went on to another upset of 2-1 over rival, and #1 seeded, Blaine High School, even though they were outshot 39-18 in the game. During the state quarterfinals the Cougars lost in a close game by a final score of 4-3 to Eden Prairie High School.

Girls' basketball[edit]

The girls' basketball team has been on the rise in recent years with state tournament trips. Though the team has yet to take the state title, last season they made it to the finals with a 29−3 record and placed second to Minneapolis South.[14][15]


The Centennial wrestling has had a solid run in recent years, qualifying for the state tournament in '00−'01, '01−'02, '02−'03, ' 04−'05, '05−'06, '07−'08, and '08−'09. In 01−02, the team ousted Owatonna 30−27[16] to reach the state finals, eventually falling to Apple Valley High School, 50−12 to take 2nd place in the state. Notable Centennial wrestling alumni include: Jared Massey (2009 Division III NCAA Champion at 197 lbs) and Tim Matheson (2009 Division II NCAA All-American at 165 lbs).


The Centennial Ski Team has sent itself, along with specific players, to state multiple times within the last decade.

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Centennial Senior High School
  2. ^ Centennial High School Profile 2005-06, Centennial High School. Accessed April 25, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d Centennial High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 10, 2007.
  4. ^ 2010-2011 Registration, Accessed April 27, 2010.
  5. ^ "Centennial downs Holy Angels in 2A", Duluth News Tribune, March 12, 2004.
  6. ^ " The State Champs of Hockey; Minnesota added to its status as the State of Hockey over the weekend, drawing a record number of fans to the boys' hockey state tournament. Which brings up a question: Which are the Schools of Hockey? Now we know. One is Breck, winner of the Class A title. One is Centennial, the Class AA champion.", Minneapolis Star-Tribune, March 14, 2004. Accessed May 25, 2007.
  7. ^ 2004 Boys' State Hockey Tournament Summary, Minnesota State High School League. Accessed May 25, 2007.
  8. ^ Rand, Michael. " Courageous Cougars; Centennial, bruised and battered, trips Moorhead for Class AA title.", Minneapolis Star-Tribune, March 14, 2004. Accessed May 25, 2007.
  9. ^ Augustoviz, Roman. "Absolutely impenetrable; Centennial's Stutz gets three shutouts", Minneapolis Star-Tribune, March 14, 2004. Accessed May 25, 2007.
  10. ^ MN boys hockey: save percent - tourney, Sports Statistics, March 14, 2007. Accessed May 25, 2007.
  11. ^ Class AA All-Tournament Team, Minnesota State High School League press release dated March 13, 2004. Accessed May 25, 2007.
  12. ^ Previous Mr. Hockey Winners, Minnesota Mr. Hockey Awards. Accessed May 25, 2007.
  13. ^ R.J. Anderson Bio, Gophersports.com. Accessed May 26, 2007.
  14. ^ 2009 State Girls' Basketball Tournament, Mshsl.org. Accessed July 6, 2009.
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