Chattanooga Central High School

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Chattanooga Central High School is a public high school in Harrison, Tennessee, operated by the Hamilton County Board of Education.

Central High School opened in September 1907 on Dodds Avenue in Chattanooga.[1] It was one of Chattanooga's first public high schools. Its students came from all over the Hamilton County area and the school was highly acclaimed. In 1969 the high school was relocated to Highway 58 in Harrison.[2]

The school athletics teams originally went by the name Purple Warriors as the school colors are purple and gold. During an exceptionally good year in the 1930s a local sportswriter began to opine that they often "pounded" their opponents, the name stuck. The "Purple Pounders" is the current moniker often portrayed by a hammer and anvil.


Central High School was under the leadership of Robert Sharpe, the tenth principal in the school's history. After the end of the 2008 school year, Sharpe was promoted to the central office as the operations director for high schools.[1]

During the summer of 2008, Finley King assumed the leadership role at Central High School, becoming the 11th principal to serve the school. He is the second former student to serve as principal. Before being appointed as the school leader, King was serving as an assistant principal.


  1. ^ a b About Central High School
  2. ^ Central High School Profile, 2008-2009, CHS website, accessed October 28, 2011

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