Central High School (Knoxville, Tennessee)

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Central High School
Location
Knoxville, Tennessee,  United States
Information
Type Public secondary
Established 1906
Principal Danny Trent
Faculty 150
Grades 9–12
Number of students 1,200
Color(s) Red & Black
Mascot Bobcat
Website

Central High School is a public high school located at 5321 Jacksboro Pike in the Fountain City neighborhood of Knoxville, Tennessee, operated by the Knox County school system. The school's athletic teams are nicknamed the Bobcats, and its colors are red and black.

History[edit]

Central was formerly located at what is now Gresham Middle School in the heart of Fountain City, which, in the 1960s, was the largest unincorporated community in Tennessee. Its name is something of a misnomer, because it was never located near the center of Knoxville, even when Fountain City was annexed into Knoxville in the early 1960s. The northernmost high school in Knoxville before the annexation of Fountain City was Fulton, and in the county, Powell, Karns, and Halls high schools were farther north.

2008 shooting[edit]

On August 21, 2008, 15-year-old student Jamar Siler entered the school cafeteria and approached student Ryan McDonald sitting at a lunch table. Siler fatally shot McDonald, and was shortly after arrested by authorities. The two had been in previous altercations, the details of which were not released to the general public. Siler was then taken into custody.

Siler was initially tried as a juvenile until Tim Irwin, Juvenile Court Judge, ordered that he be tried as an adult.[1] In November 2011, at age 18, Siler pleaded guilty to second degree murder and received a 30-year sentence.[1]

Notable alumni[edit]

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Coordinates: 36°02′27″N 83°55′33″W / 36.04083°N 83.92583°W / 36.04083; -83.92583