Centennial High School (Roswell, Georgia)
|Centennial High School|
|Roswell, Georgia, USA|
|Principal||Ms. Kibbey Crumbley|
|Color(s)||Blue and Black|
|Rival||Roswell High School, Milton High School, and Alpharetta High School|
Centennial High School (CHS) is a public high school located in Roswell, Georgia which opened in 1997. Centennial High was named in honor of the 1996 Olympic games held in Atlanta a year before the school's opening that marked the centennial anniversary of the modern games. The school has an enrollment of around 2,000 students and has the Knight as its mascot. It is part of the Fulton County Schools system.
Students, faculty and campus
Centennial High School is housed in a state-of-the-art 271,200-square-foot (25,200 m2) educational facility sitting on 55 acres (220,000 m2) within the city limits of Roswell. It is one of two school in Roswell, the other one being Roswell High School. Centennial has an award winning media center which exists to serve students and staff, managed by Marie Yelvington.
Approximately 2000 students attend CHS with a certified, professional staff of over 170 employees. Parents help support the school's educational program through the state award-winning Parent-Teacher-Student Association, Booster Club, and the Foundation of the Fine Arts.
Centennial is home to 55 percent Caucasian, 23 percent African American, 14 percent Hispanic, 5 percent Asian, and 3 percent Multi Racial.
Five types of diplomas are offered to its students - College Preparatory, College Preparatory with Distinction, Career Technology, Career Technology with Distinction and Dual Seal. Centennial offers an Advanced Placement program with an 87% passing rate and Honors Level Courses. Also offered are on-campus joint enrollment courses as well as an off-campus post secondary options program. There are career technology programs including: Electronic Media Production, Health Science, Criminal Justice, Diversified Technology, and EXCEL. CHS is one of the top ten high schools in the state according to Atlanta Magazine in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. In 2004, its students had Metro Atlanta's highest average SAT score, 1132. In 2009, 2010, and 2011 Centennial students advanced to the quarterfinals of the International Physics Olympiad, which is open to the 300 students around the world with the highest scores on the qualifying exam.
Centennial's literary arts magazine is Avalon, and is an entirely student run publication which publishes written and visual works submitted by Centennial students. It was first published in 1998, and was published bi-annually until 2001, when it began to be published annually. Avalon is a nationally recognized magazine, frequently receiving awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Writer Liam Connolly was an editor during the 2003-2004 year. The 2004-2005 issue received a Silver Crown award, and was the only literary magazine in Georgia to receive a Crown award. The 2005-2006 issue received a Bronze Crown Award.
The official student newspaper is The Accolade. It published its first issue in the fall of 1997, the same semester that Centennial High School opened. The paper was originally to be called The Excalibur to fall in line with the school mascot, Knights; however, the name was changed to The Accolade prior to the first issue as the editorial staff at the time felt that this name better represented the goals of the paper.
Centennial alumni have gone on to attend numerous top universities including Brown, Cornell, Duke, Emory, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Northwestern, Princeton, Rice, Stanford, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt, Yale, and more.
As of the Fall 2007 Centennial had teamed up with Score Atlanta and Turner Broadcasting to begin showing live broadcast of their school's home sports games, becoming the first program ever to do this with high school students.
Centennial's Academic Bowl Team won the 2010 5AAAAA GATA State Championship, which was held at the Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, Georgia, near Savannah. The team also competed in the 2009-2010 airing of the game show High Q, annually aired of WSB-TV. In the competition, the team defeated Rockdale County, Henry W. Grady, Carrollton, and Wesleyan before losing in the finals to Brookwood. The team received a $2,000 check from WSB-TV Studios for their second-place finish, as well as a slot on next year's show.
Model United Nations
Centennial's 2008 Model United Nations delegations of Albania and Venezuela placed first and third out of over 200 delegations in the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) competition, with Albania coming in first, and Venezuela third respectively. In March 2009, Centennial competed in the NHSMUN competition and represented France. Once again, Centennial took first place out of over 250 schools.
In 2011, Centennial returned to the top ten placing eighth in the nation. According to Best Delegate, "Centennial placed a distant third behind Port Charlotte High School and Gulf Coast High School at their hometown Georgia Tech GTMUN conference to begin the Fall, but the team roared back atNationals NHSMUN to win Outstanding Large Delegation. We valued this win at one of the most competitive conferences in the nation much more than their early-season head-to-head placing at the smaller, regional GTMUN in determining where they would place in the standings — at the end of the season, Centennial won one of the top team awards in the circuit. On a side note, GTMUN Secretary-General Kelsie Riemenschneider is among its alumni in the college ranks."
In 2012, Centennial ranked ninth in the nation, according to Best Delegate. "Centennial continues to be one of the strongest teams from the Southeast. The team won Best Delegation at the Southern United States SUSMUN conference and placed third at an increasingly competitive Georgia Tech GTMUN. The team primarily participates at in-state conferences but teams around the country will recognize them when they travel to participate at Nationals NHSMUN (Centennial won a delegation award there last year). Centennial is advised by Eric Medwed."
As of May 29, 2013, Best Delegate ranked Centennial's Model UN team number six in the nation. During the 2012-2013 school year, Centennial won the Award of Distinction at NHSMUN, the Best Small Delegation Award at the HMUN, the Award of Distinction at SUSMUN, and won more delegation awards at UGAMUN and GTMUN.
Centennial's Boys Lacrosse team competed and won at the 2013 State Championship, bringing the first state championship in a boys' sport home to Centennial since its opening.
The 2012/2013 Winterguard got 4th place at SAPA championships.
The 2011/2012 Soccer team finished 21−1−1 and went to the state finals but lost again to Collins Hill High School 3−1.
The 2009 Soccer team was the state runner up, losing in the finals to Collins Hill High School 1−0.
The 2009 and 2010 Girls' Tennis Team was the state runner up.
The 2002 Knights Football team went 10-0 marking the only undefeated regular season in Centennial's history. The region 6-AAAAA champion Knights lost in the second round of the state playoffs to eventual state champion Parkview High School.
Centennial's first team State Championship was won by the 2006 Girls' Varsity Swim Team. Centennial High School won the 2007 Georgia State Championship in fencing.
Centennial wrestling state champions include Chris Sample, Sam Konigsberg, and Brian St. James
The 2007 Boys' Varsity Basketball team set a school record with a 21 game winning streak, and were going 28−4. The team was crowned 2007 Region 6-AAAAA champion on February 17, beating Chattahoochee High School 56−47 in overtime. They played Norcross High School in the state championship on March 9, but were narrowly defeated 59–58.
Both Centennial boys' and girls' Varsity Cross Country teams qualified for the state meet four years in a row, from 2007–2010. In 2010, the boys' and girls' varsity teams both finished first at the regional meet. Senior Brooke Koblitz led the girls race and broke the school record for 3.1 miles, finishing at 18:40. Junior Kane Davis finished first in the boys race. The team also sponsors the annual Firstgiving Sam Robb Memorial 5k and Fun Run, a run raising money for the cure childhood cancer fund and honoring former Centennial student Sam Robb.
Notable alumni of Centennial High School include:
- David Yankey (born 1992), college football player for the Stanford Cardinal
- Everett Teaford (born 1984), Pitcher for the Kansas City Royals
- Lorenzo Brown (born 1990), college basketball player for the North Carolina State Wolfpack; currently NBA/Philidelphia 76ers.
- Maria Taylor (born 1987), college basketball and volleyball player for University of Georgia, commentator for ESPNU
- Lindsey Hughes (born 1994), YouTube sensation under the names BeautyBaby44 and LivinLikeLindsey
- Martin Jenkins (born 1991) , college football player for the Clemson Tigers
- Megan Kurey (born 1993), college women's tennis player for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
- Brooke Koblitz (born 1993); college women's Cross Country and Track for the University of Georgia.
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