Central High School (St. Joseph, Missouri)

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Central High School
2602 Edmond Street
Saint Joseph, Missouri, Missouri, 64501
United States
Coordinates 39°45′54″N 94°49′44″W / 39.76505°N 94.82896°W / 39.76505; -94.82896Coordinates: 39°45′54″N 94°49′44″W / 39.76505°N 94.82896°W / 39.76505; -94.82896
Founded 1895
School district Saint Joseph School District
Principal Deborah Stephens
Vice principal Terri Godfrey
Vice principal Robert Sigrist
Vice principal Neal Hook
Number of students 1,651
Color(s)          Blue and white
Team name Indians
Yearbook Wakitan

Central High School is a public secondary school in St. Joseph, Missouri.The school is part of the Saint Joseph School District.[1]

The school was first established on May 8, 1895, when St. Joseph High School was built at 13th & Olive Street. The building opened on May 6, 1896. In 1932, a new Central High School was established at 26th & Edmond Street. With a rapidly growing student population, the school expanded in 1961 with a 24-room addition, now called the Sophomore Annex (or Sophomore hallway). In 1968, the 25-room addition now known as the Freshman Annex (or Freshman Building). A bond-renovation project was completed in 2002 that included relocation and centralization of the administrative and counseling offices, as well as the addition of a new media center and library, a gym renovation, and science lab upgrades.

Student Body[edit]

  • Statistics
  • Total Students: 1,651
  • Full Time Teachers: 89 (estimate)
  • Faculty : 174
  • Student/Teacher Ratio: 18 Students : 1 Teacher
  • Race Distribution
  • Percent Native American: 3%
  • Percent Asian: 5%
  • Percent Hispanic: 9%
  • Percent Black: 39%
  • Percent White/Other:44%
  • Number of Students per Grade
  • 9th Grade—446
  • 10th Grade—470
  • 11th Grade—406
  • 12th Grade—329 [2]


Central High School offers a wide variety of sporting activities including: JV & V: Junior varsity and varsity

  • Freshman, JV & V Football
  • JV & V Cross Country (Girls & Boys)
  • Freshman, JV & V Basketball (Girls & Boys)
  • Freshman, JV & V Swimming (Girls & Boys)
  • Freshman, JV & V Cheerleading
  • JV & V Wrestling
  • JV & V Softball
  • JV & V Golf (Girls & Boys)
  • JV & V Soccer (Girls & Boys)
  • Freshman, JV & V Volleyball
  • JV & V Tennis (Girls & Boys)
  • Freshman, JV & V Baseball
  • JV & V Track (Girls & Boys)
  • V Dance Team
  • V and JV Speech and Debate

The Central football team made the MSHSAA playoffs in 2011 for the first since 1995. The Central High School Speech and Debate Team qualified to Nationals in 2011 in Dramatic Interpretation.


The Central High School yearbook is known as the Wakitan and is currently in its 122nd volume. Photograph manipulations are created by Wakitan staff members and created using Adobe Photoshop CS6.

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Central High School". education.com. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "School Profile"
  3. ^ "Dwayne Blakley". databaseFootbal.com. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 

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