Central High School (North Dakota)

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Grand Forks Central High School
"Providing opportunities to learn, build character, and strive for excellence."
Downtown District, Grand Forks, North Dakota United States
Type Public
Established 1881
School district Grand Forks Public Schools
Principal Marlon "Buck" Kasowski
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1,129
Color(s) Maroon & Grey         
Mascot Knights

Grand Forks Central High School is a public senior high school in the Grand Forks Public Schools district. It is located near the University of North Dakota. GFC is regionally renowned in ice hockey and cross country.



GFC is located in the downtown area of Grand Forks, North Dakota. It is near a public parking ramp, which serves as the student/faculty parking lot and Grand Forks City Hall.


GFC was originally built in 1882 and has slowly been added onto over the years. Working closely with JLG Architects over the last twenty years renovations have been done to, the existing building, the auditorium and an addition that created a new music, gym and pool space, converting the old gym into a library. The most recent addition was a new Fine Arts Wing. Creating a new home for the music department, that for the first time included a back stage and a proper set storage area.[1]

Student Body[edit]

GFC served 1,129 students during the 2010-2011 school year. About 50% of the student body comes from Valley Middle School located near the campus of the University of North Dakota. About 45% come from Schroeder Middle School. The remaining 5% comes from South Middle School, located in the Ulland Addition of uptown Grand Forks, with less than 1% commuting from the Grand Forks Air Force Base and the suburb Thompson, North Dakota and Manvel Public School



  • State Class 'A' boys track and field: 1903, 1904, 1906, 1908 co-champions, 1911, 1913, 1914 co-champions, 1915, 1916, 1922 co-champions, 1926, 1927, 1940, 1955, 1956, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966
  • State boys hockey: 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1993, 1995, 2003, 2004, 2010

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ http://jlgarchitects.com/work/k12/gf-central-high
  2. ^ Online comment of former schoolmate in response to Chuck Haga, "Final cheer for a Blue Cheer". Grand Forks Herald, October 22, 2009; www.grandforksherald.com.

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Coordinates: 47°55′30″N 97°02′02″W / 47.92500°N 97.03389°W / 47.92500; -97.03389