Centennial High School (Franklin, Tennessee)
||This article possibly contains original research. (February 2012)|
|Centennial High School|
|5050 Mallory Lane
Franklin, Tennessee, Williamson County, 37067
|School board||Williamson County Schools|
|Vice principal||Dr. Parker Altman
Mrs. Analee Pinnegar
Ms. Kimberly Eaton
Mr. Patrick Boyd
|Enrollment||1,657 (October 2012)|
|• Grade 9||435|
|• Grade 10||448|
|• Grade 11||415|
|• Grade 12||359|
|Communities served||Williamson County
The Williamson County School Board voted in 1994 to build a new high school located on newly built Mallory Lane near the Cool Springs area of Franklin, TN. The new school was primarily built to relieve overcrowding at nearby Franklin, Brentwood, and Page High Schools. In August 1996, Centennial opened its doors, with Dan Covington serving as the school's first principal.
As the County's population grew, Centennial began to suffer severe overcrowding concerns. By 2001, the school had just over 2000 students. As a result, Ravenwood High School was opened in 2002. Soon after, Independence High School was opened in 2004. As a result, Centennial's student population had been cut by nearly 30% by 2007.
In 2002, it was announced that former Freedom Middle Principal J. Terry Shrader would take over for Dan Covington as Principal of CHS.
In 2008, the school board voted to install a strict dress code for the 2008-2009 school year, the first public school in Williamson County to implement such a dress code.
In 2009 it was decided to make Centennial an "open zoned school," which means anyone in the county is eligible to attend.
In 2010 Centennial High school had an enrollment of 1350 students.
Centennial has a reputation of academic excellence. In 6 of the last 8 years one of the Centennial students has scored a perfect score on either the SAT or ACT test for college entrance. Centennial's 2004 class president was a 2008 graduate of Harvard and now works on Wall Street. He is just one example of the multitude of Centennial graduates who have taken the excellent education this school offers and applied it to a successful future.
In 2010, Dr. Frank Brown, former assistant principal of Heritage Middle School, assumed leadership and led the school through the controversial rezoning process of the fall semester. Although current enrollment is far below capacity of 1800, numbers are expected to expand considerably with the arrival of students rezoned from other areas in the district.
- Dr. Leigh Webb
Centennial is one of the only schools to have the Computer Aided Drafting Class. Taught by Tim Sawyer, courses in this focus area allow students the opportunity to design and build their own homes as well as to work with technology that gives students an edge in securing internships both before and after graduation.
Centennial also hosts the county's first and only Cosmetology program, which offers many of the services provided by professional salons. Students participating in the program study health and safety, elements of anatomy, marketing principles, and customer service, in addition to aesthetics. Under the supervision of instructor Missy Walker, students host a monthly "Spa Day," in which students, parents, and faculty members are invited to make appointments for free services including, but not limited to, manicures, paraffin wax hand treatments, pedicures, facials, and facial waxing.
Additional technology programs include nursing, through which students can participate in field work toward obtaining their CNA certification; photography and graphic design; culinary arts; television production; and business and marketing.
Academic programs feature a wide number of Advanced Placement courses, all of which are certified and officially sanctioned by the College Board, as well as a Freshman Academy dedicated to successful transition from middle school to high school and a faculty/student mentoring process for students at risk. Further transitional programs are in development.
- Boy's Basketball
- Girl's Basketball
- Boy's Bowling
- Girl's Bowling
- Competition Cheerleaders(National High School Cheerleading Championships - Varsity squad won 1st in 2009 and 2nd in 2008, and the JV squad won 1st in 2010 and 4th in 2009.)
- Cross Country
- Dance Team
- Boy's Lacrosse
- Girl's Lacrosse
- Centennial High School Marching Band
- Boy's Soccer +Tennessee AAA State Runner up 2010, after defeating #2 Team in the Nation: Farragut
- Girl's Soccer
- Boy's Swimming
- Girl's Swimming
- Boy's Tennis - singles state champion 3 years (2006, 2007, 2008)
- Girl's Tennis - singles state champion 2 years (2010, 2011)
- Track & Field
After 4 straight unsuccessful seasons with a total of 7 wins, Coach Greg Gregory took over as head coach in 2000 and after showing marked improvement in his first two years he led the Cougars to three straight winning seasons and two straight playoff appearances. During this time was the school's first ever playoff win over number 1 rated and heavily favored Antioch, led by all-region performers Philip Bates future Baltimore Ravens RB Curtis Steele. The next season Steele (RB) and Wolff (OL) would become the first two Centennial High School Players to Play in the Annual Tennessee vs. Kentucky All Star Game. During that span, a number of players went on to play at the college level. Those players include: Travis Dumke (4 year starter at center for APSU, Brandon Meggs ASPU, Daniel Lambert ASPU, Jamie Wolff RCTC,MN. TS Sports JUCO All American Game 2009,MTSU, Jake Burns Maryville College, Grant Horton Lambuth, Al Veach Cumberland, as well as at Bates Western Kentucky and Steele, University of Memphis after playing two years at North West C.C. for two years. After Coach Gregory left the program as the winningest coach in school history, Coach Mark Matykiewicz took over Cougar Football coming from Fairview High School in Williamson County, TN. In his first year, he led them to 4-6. In 2008, his second year, Matykiewicz led the Cougars to an 8-4 record and into the second round of the playoffs. The team was loaded with speed with players such as Chaz Scales, Raymond Jackson, and Tony Kemp. The team received a boost when basketball bigman, Drew Kelly, decided to play his senior year. Kelly brought size and leadership to the team. Chaz Scales had a special season throwing for 1200 yards and 12 TD's and running for over 1000 yards and 13 TD's. This was the best season in school history. Some past greats include Phillip Bates, Allante McLemore (had 8 INT's his senior year), Chaz Scales(Finalist for Mr. Tennessee Football 2008), Jamie Wolff and Curtis Steele the most coveted D-1 prospects in the programs history. The Cougars finished with a 1-9 record in his third year. A new chapter begun in 2010 when Coach Brian Rector took the helm. It was definitely a building year as the team went 2-8, but on the positive side, a whole new organized and disciplined program was in the works. 2011 boasted a winning season at 7-5 with playoff appearances led by QB JJ Tomlin and TE/ DE Cord Collier. With Tomlin, Collier and standout RB Scottie Fleming back in 2012, the Cougars again went 7-5 with playoff appearances. Tomlin passed for 2,385 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior. Career totals include 4,126 passing yards and 50 touchdowns. Was a 2 time All-District player and named the District Offensive MVP his senior year for 11-AAA. Was also a member of the 2010 State Championship team at Trinity Christian Academy. Tomlin now attends and plays for Washington University, St. Louis, MO. Collier was a 4 Year Starter for the Cougars earning All-District Honors his junior and senior year as well as All-Midstate honors as a senior. Collier recorded over 900 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns as a TE while also playing on the defensive line. He now attends and plays at Butler University, Indianapolis, IN. 2013 was another building year with young players and a 5-5 record for the season. With many standout seniors for 2014 including WR Emanuel Hall (University of Missouri commit), RB Dion Sanders, LB Tyrel Dodson and QB Owen Roth, the team is poised to go deep in the playoffs if they stay healthy and committed to doing so.
In 2009 the Cougars won the GNASH Cup for the first time in some years. They were led by Sophomore sensation Peter Horecka who averaged over 2 points a game. Other standouts were Junior Blake Williams and Senior Joey Knight who scored double digit goals and helped the team when Horecka was playing travel games. On defense they were led by Jesse Kessler who can also score and Big Men Ty Marcantonio and Nykkolo Mariani and hard hitter Tucker Marist. Goalie Jes "Stone Wall" Stanford played great at many points in the season. On another note the best player on the team is THE Ted Robbins.
In 2010, the Cougars returned to the GNASH Championship against their archrival Ravenwood. After beating Ravenwood two weeks earlier, 5-4 (OT), the Cougars lost 4-3. However, they bounced back in the state tournament, tying Ravenwood in the first round and meeting them again in the Preds Cup Championship. There the team fell once again, 2-1, in a shootout finale where goalie RJ Vogt put up a strong fight against the Ravenwood offense, the finale will be remembered as one of the greatest Preds Cup Finals of all time.
The Cougars basketball team is one of the more storied sports at Centennial. They have had several 20 win seasons. In 2007-08 they won 28 games and made it to regionals. One of the best players to play at Centennial was bigman Drew Kelly. He averaged 24 points as a sophomore, 28 as a junior and 30 as a senior. He was a dominating force underneath. During the beginging of his senior season Kelly committed to Miami (Ohio) where he is expected to contribute right away. Another great player was Allante McLemore who graduated in 2008. McLemore was a fierce leader and consistent scorer.
During a 2009 Spring Break Tournament in Florida Coach Rob Baughman earned his 100th career win for the school.
During the 2003-2004 season the team won the district championship beating Brentwood High School on their own field.
During the 2012-2013 District 11 Tournament, the team won two come-from-behind 8 inning games on Thursday, 5/09/13 to advance to championship against Ravenwood. Centennial beat Ravenwood 5-0 on Saturday, 5/11/13 to become District 11 Champions.
Centennial is home to 3 time State Champion (2006, 2007 and 2008) Ian Chadwell who now attends the University of Alabama on a tennis scholarship. Ian's sister, Kaylene Chadwell, class of 2011, is a 2 time State Championship (2010 and 2011) in singles, also competed in the quarterfinals at State as a freshman and had to withdraw in regionals as a sophomore due to a neck strain. Kaylene won the USTA National Open Girls 16 championship in July 2009. Kaylene will attend University of TN-Chattanooga on a tennis scholarship.
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