Prairie Central High School
|Prairie Central High School|
|Location||Fairbury, Illinois, USA|
|Colors||Columbia Blue, Navy, White|
The current principal is Dan Casillas.
The consolidated Prairie Central district was created in 1985 by merging three districts. Those three districts' high schools were Fairbury Cropsey High School, Forrest-Strawn-Wing High School, and Chatsworth High School. Upon completion of the merger, the new district chose to locate their high school in the building that was formerly known as Fairbury-Cropsey Junior-Senior High School, a building that dated from the 1940s. The building that had housed Forrest-Strawn-Wing High School—built just a couple of years prior to consolidation—was chosen to be the location of the new district's junior high school. In 2004 the district expanded further expanded with the addition of the students from the former Chenoa High School.
Upon the change of the school's name, the mascot and school colors were also changed. The new mascot selected was the Hawks, and the new colors were white, Columbia blue, and navy. The previous mascots and colors had been: FCHS Fighting Tartars (green and yellow gold), FSW Fighting Eskimos (red and black), and Chatsworth Bluebirds (blue and orange)
Prairie Central sports teams are typical that of an American high school. These include: football, girls and boys basketball, cheerleading, dance team, volleyball, baseball, softball, wrestling, track, cross-country, and girls and boys golf.
Clubs and organizations
- Fall Play
- FCCLA (Family Career Community Leaders of America)
- Student Senate - a government organization in which students must run for office and be elected. It has a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and two representatives for each class. It plans the homecoming parade, decorate for homecoming, plan all the activities for Homecoming week, Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner, and the junior class organizes prom.
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
- Interact - mainly a club to help out others and raise money for the needy.
- Math Team
- FFA (Formerly Future Farmers of America) travels all around competing in many different areas; they have won many national championships. One of the most successful in the State and Nation.
- National Honor Society
- PC Leadership- PC leadership is an organization promoting abstinence from alcoholic beverages and other drugs.
- Scholastic Bowl - competes against different schools on scholastic questions.
- Yearbook - produces the annual, Talon.
- ICE - allows students to work at a business that is approved, for half the day of school and then go to school the other half of the day.
- The original Fairbury-Cropsey High School was best known for its superb marching band; the Fighting Tartars regularly won state titles against much larger competition. Forrest Strawn Wing (FSW) High School also fielded a dominating marching band program in the late 1970s and early '80s.
- In 2003 the Prairie Central High School Hawks football team placed 2nd in the IHSA 4A football championship held at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
- The 2008 Marching Hawks band place first at the University of Illinois Marching Band Championships.
- The Prairie Central FFA's dairy team won nationals in Indiana in 2008. Along with many other state and national wins.