Springfield Central High School

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Springfield Central High School
1840 Roosevelt Avenue
Springfield, Massachusetts, 01109
United States
Coordinates 42°07′52″N 72°32′48″W / 42.1312°N 72.5468°W / 42.1312; -72.5468Coordinates: 42°07′52″N 72°32′48″W / 42.1312°N 72.5468°W / 42.1312; -72.5468
School type Public
Opened 1898
School district Springfield Public Schools (SPS MA)
CEEB Code 222030
Principal Thaddeus Tokarz
Assistant principals Dan Sullivan, Keith Worthy, Kolaja Afolabi, Kevin Lalime, Sara Walsh
Grades 9-12
Age range 13-19
Average class size 18-25
Hours in school day 7:35 A.M. - 2:20 P.M.
Campus type Urban
Color(s)              Black, White & Gold
Slogan Home of Scholars and Champions
Athletics Central Golden Eagles
Athletics conference MIAA Division 1
Mascot The Golden Eagle
Nickname SCHS
Team name Eagles
Rival Roger L Putnam Vocational-Technical High School

Springfield Central High School (SCHS) is a four-year public high school located in Springfield, Massachusetts. The high school is for students in grades 9–12. With an enrollment of over 2,000 students, Springfield Central High School describes itself as the largest high school in Western Massachusetts.[1]


Springfield Central High School opened in 1898.[2] The school added a junior high school in 1922 and in 1936 became Classical High School. Merging two closed schools, Classical High and Technical High, the current campus of Springfield Central High School opened on September 3, 1986.[3]

With an enrollment of over 2,000 students, Springfield Central High School, built in 1986, is the largest high school in Western Massachusetts. The curriculum is rich with course offerings that will provide students with the essential skills to succeed in college or the work force. Central's theme as a high school of the performing arts brings with it research-based data that supports students taking art, music and dance courses to enhance their comprehensive education. The high-quality education offered at Central includes Honors and Advanced Placement courses in over 75 sections. Central's administration is expecting this number to rise in the following years. The excellent counseling staff and college-bound programs create numerous opportunities for students to visit a wide variety of colleges and participate in workshops that will prepare them for life in the corporate world. It has recently been named a Magnet School for the Arts and Advanced Studies.

The current principal of Central is Thaddeus Tokarz.

In 2008, the Springfield Public Schools created a mandatory district-wide uniform policy.[4]

In 2010, Springfield Central retired jersey number 3 previously worn by basketball player Travis Best, who was a Parade magazine All-American and later played professionally in the NBA and internationally from 1995 to 2009.[5]


The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association(MIAA) Division I athletic program has teams in many different sports, and the school almost always captures at least one divisional championship each year. Athletically, Central's biggest rival is Putnam High School. Central has won numerous Western Massachusetts Division first place titles, as well as some state titles. The 2012 boys basketball team won the state championship and 2012 Western Mass Super Bowl. Central also is home to the MA-O11 Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC)wing.

Sports Awards & Records[edit]

  • 11 state titles
  • 8 semi-state titles
  • 9 regional titles
  • 25 sectional titles
  • 9 city titles
  • 2 individual state champions
  • 2007 Girls Basketball State Champions
  • 1981,1991, 2012 Basketball State Champions
  • 2012 Football State Champions
  • 2010,2011,2013 Football State Runner-up
  • 2013, 2014 Indoor Track State Champions
  • 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Western Mass Champs
  • 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 Mass State Division One Finalists
  • 2006, 2013, 2014 Mass State Division One Team Champions
  • 2014 Massachusetts All State Champions

Central Wrestling[edit]

The Central Boys Wrestling Team is coached by Head Coach Darby McLaughlin. Under the coaching of Coach McLaughlin that the Boys Team has won 10 consecutive Western Massachusetts Championshipships, and 3 out of 5 Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Division One Team Championships. Darby McLaughlin was Awarded as the Massachusetts Division One Coach of the Year 2014 .


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Indoor track
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling


  • Basketball
  • Cheer
  • Cross Country
  • Field hockey
  • Indoor track
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.sps.springfield.ma.us/schoolsites/central/About/index.html
  2. ^ "Classical High School, Springfield, Massachusetts". clockhistory.com. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Massachusetts School Building Authority Statement of Interest, July 24, 2007, p. 2. "On September 3, 1986 Springfield Central High School opened its doors at 1840 Roosevelt Avenue. Several years of public debate preceded this event. Springfield Central combines the student populations of Classical and Technical High Schools which closed in June, 1986."
  4. ^ Shepard, Dwight (November 7, 2008). "School uniforms changing attitudes". The Springfield Republican. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ Belanger, Kyle (September 11, 2009). "Central High to retire Travis Best's jersey No. 3". Springfield Republican. Retrieved December 16, 2012.