North Central High School (Indianapolis)
|North Central High School|
|1801 East 86th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46240
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||Achievement through scholarship, honesty and respect.|
|Principal||Evans Branigan III|
|Color(s)||Red, Black and White
|Newspaper||The Northern Lights|
North Central High School is a public high school in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. It is part of the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township.
North Central was established in 1956 in response to Washington Township's rapidly growing population and the desire of residents to have a local high school. Prior to this, students from the township attended Broad Ripple and Shortridge High Schools in Indianapolis. (At this time, most of the township was outside the city limits.) In 1963 the current facility was opened, and the original building was repurposed to Northview Middle School.
In 1993 and 1994, the school suffered from two major fires set by arsonists. The second fire was especially severe, destroying several areas of the building, including the newly renovated gymnasium. All of the affected areas were rebuilt, but the arsonists were never caught.
In 2004, William F. Gulde, the North Central High School Social Studies chair at the time, published a detailed history of the school titled Hopes, Dreams, and Books: The Story of North Central High School, 1956–2004.
For the 2009–2010[update] school year, enrollment was 3,392 students. Of these, 42% are white, 41% are black, 9% are Hispanic, 2% are Asian, and 5% are multiracial. 32% of students qualify for free lunches and 9% qualify for reduced price lunches.
Hail our panthers hats off to thee!/ To our colors, true we will ever be./ Red! Black! White!/ United we stand!/ Working ever failing never pulling for our team together,/ panthers we think you're grand!(X2) G-R-A-N-D! NC!
The North Central fight song is based on the melody of "Minnesota Rouser", the fight song for the University of Minnesota.
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- Jared Fogle, the Subway guy
- Jason Gardner, 1999 Indiana Mr. Basketball, Final Four Participant at The University of Arizona
- Eric Gordon, Indiana Mr. Basketball, 2007, former Indiana University PG. 2008 NBA Draft: 1st Round, 7th Pick to Los Angeles Clippers.
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- Aaron Deer, composer/writer, member of the musical group The Horns of Happiness and former member of The Impossible Shapes
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- Ron Klain, Chief of Staff for Vice-President Joe Biden and former Vice-President Al Gore
- Todd Lickliter, former Butler University and Iowa Hawkeyes head men's basketball coach
- David Logan, basketball player for Alba Berlin
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- Maicel Malone-Wallace, 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist 4x400 Relay
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- Chad Spann, NFL football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers
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- Lars Tate, Gatorade National High School football player of the year, University of Georgia and NFL starter Lars Tate
- Don Thompson, executive at McDonald's Corporation
- David Wolf, astronaut
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