Centennial High School (Roswell, Georgia)

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Centennial High School
Centennial 'C'.png
9310 Scott Road
Roswell, (Fulton County), Georgia 30076
United States
Coordinates34°00′21″N 84°17′19″W / 34.00596°N 84.28868°W / 34.00596; -84.28868Coordinates: 34°00′21″N 84°17′19″W / 34.00596°N 84.28868°W / 34.00596; -84.28868
Motto"Collaborate. Think. Learn. Create."
Sister schoolRoswell High School
DeanWes Wozgen[1]
PrincipalDr. Anthony Newbold[2] (formerly Kibbey Crumbley)
Enrollment1,847 (2014-15)[3]
Schedule typePeriod
Schedule6 periods
Hours in school day7h 15m
Campus typeSuburban
School color(s)Blue and black          
Slogan"Our best days are ahead! Go Knights!"
RivalsRoswell High School, Johns Creek High School, Milton High School, and Chattahoochee High School, Alpharetta High School, West Forsyth High School, South Forsyth High School, Lambert High School
PublicationThe Avalon
NewspaperThe Accolade
Feeder schoolsHolcomb Bridge Middle School, Haynes Bridge Middle School

Centennial High School (CHS) is a public high school located in Roswell, Georgia, United States, which opened in 1997. It was named in honor of the 1996 Olympic games held in Atlanta a year before the school's opening, which marked the centennial anniversary of the modern games.

The school's mascot is the Knight.

Students, faculty and campus[edit]

Centennial High School's front entrance, after 2016 renovations

Centennial High School is housed in a state-of-the-art 271,200-square-foot (25,200 m2) educational facility sitting on 55 acres (220,000 m2) within the city limits of Roswell. Over the summer of 2016 the school was renovated. The renovations include a new front entrance, new cafeteria lines, new HVAC units and upgrades to the auditorium. The renovations were funded by Fulton County SPLOST funds.

CHS is one of two schools in Roswell, the other being Roswell High School.

Centennial has an award-winning media center, called the Learning Commons, managed by Laura Wood. The facility has been selected as the model for all Fulton County schools to emulate.

CHS enrolls approximately 2,000 students and has a certified, professional staff of over 170. Parents help support the school's educational program through the state award-winning Parent-Teacher-Student Association, Booster Club, and the Foundation of the Fine Arts.


Centennial is 45.6% Caucasian, 25.7% African American, 22.8% Hispanic, and 5.3% Asian.[4]


CHS offers five types of diplomas - College Preparatory, College Preparatory with Distinction, Career Technology, Career Technology with Distinction and Dual Seal. Centennial offers an Advanced Placement program, which has an 87% passing rate, and honors level courses. Also offered are on-campus joint enrollment courses and an off-campus post secondary options program. Career technology programs include Electronic Media Production, Health Science, Criminal Justice, Diversified Technology, and EXCEL.

CHS was named as one of the top ten high schools in the state by Atlanta Magazine in 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. In 2004, its students had Metro Atlanta's highest average SAT score, 1132. In 2009, 2010, and 2011 Centennial students advanced to the quarterfinals of the International Physics Olympiad, which is open to the 300 students around the world with the highest scores on the qualifying exam.

Centennial's literary arts magazine, Avalon, is an entirely student-run publication which publishes written and visual works submitted by Centennial students. It was first published in 1998, and was published bi-annually until 2001, when it began to be published annually. Avalon is a nationally recognized magazine, frequently receiving awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Writer Liam Connolly was an editor during the 2003-2004 year. The 2004-2005 issue received a Silver Crown award, and was the only literary magazine in Georgia to do so.[5] The 2005-2006 issue received a Bronze Crown Award.

The official student newspaper is The Accolade. It published its first issue in the fall of 1997, the year that Centennial High School opened. The paper was originally to be called The Excalibur to fall in line with the school mascot, the Knights; however, the name was changed to The Accolade prior to the first issue as the editorial staff at the time felt that this name better represented the goals of the paper.

Centennial alumni have gone on to attend numerous top universities including Brown, Cornell, Duke, Emory, Georgetown, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, Princeton, Rice, Stanford, Tufts, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt, Yale, and Carnegie Mellon.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

As of the fall of 2007, Centennial had teamed up with Score Atlanta and Turner Broadcasting to begin showing live broadcasts of the school's home sports games. This was he first program ever to do this with high school students.

Centennial's Academic Bowl Team won the 2010 5AAAAA GATA State Championship, which was held at the Bradwell Institute in Hinesville, Georgia, near Savannah. The team also competed in the 2009-2010 airing of the game show High Q, annually aired on WSB-TV. In the competition, the team defeated Rockdale County, Henry W. Grady, Carrollton, and Wesleyan before losing in the finals to Brookwood. The team received a $2,000 check from WSB-TV Studios for their second-place finish, as well as a slot on the next year's show.

Model United Nations[edit]

Centennial's 2008 Model United Nations delegations of Albania and Venezuela placed first and third out of over 200 delegations in the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN) competition, with Albania coming in first, and Venezuela third respectively. In March 2009, Centennial competed in the NHSMUN competition and represented France. Once again, Centennial took first place out of over 250 schools.

In 2011, Centennial returned to the top ten, placing eighth in the nation. According to Best Delegate, "Centennial placed a distant third behind Port Charlotte High School and Gulf Coast High School at their hometown Georgia Tech GTMUN conference to begin the Fall, but the team roared back at Nationals NHSMUN to win Outstanding Large Delegation. We valued this win at one of the most competitive conferences in the nation much more than their early-season head-to-head placing at the smaller, regional GTMUN in determining where they would place in the standings — at the end of the season, Centennial won one of the top team awards in the circuit. On a side note, GTMUN Secretary-General Kelsie Riemenschneider is among its alumni in the college ranks."[6]

Also in 2011, Centennial's Model UN team hosted its first Model UN Conference, MiniMUN,[7] for area middle school students. MiniMUN continues to expand and bring in middle school students from all over Georgia. The conference is entirely student-run.

In 2012, Centennial ranked ninth in the nation, according to Best Delegate. "Centennial continues to be one of the strongest teams from the Southeast. The team won Best Delegation at the Southern United States SUSMUN conference and placed third at an increasingly competitive Georgia Tech GTMUN. The team primarily participates at in-state conferences but teams around the country will recognize them when they travel to participate at Nationals NHSMUN (Centennial won a delegation award there last year)."[8]

As of May 29, 2013, Best Delegate ranked Centennial's Model UN team number six in the nation. During the 2012-2013 school year, Centennial won the Award of Distinction at NHSMUN, the Best Small Delegation Award at the HMUN, the Award of Distinction at SUSMUN, and won more delegation awards at UGAMUN and GTMUN.[9]

In 2014 Centennial received both the Award of Excellence and the Research and Preparation Award of Excellence at NHSMUN. This was followed in 2015 and 2016 with the Award of Merit at the same conference.

In 2016-2017, the team competed at GTMUN, Vanderbilt's Model United Nations Conference XIII (VUMUN), Model Arab League(MAL), and UGAMUNC receiving several awards, including Best Position Paper, Honorable Mention and Outstanding Delegation awards for individual and overall delegations.

In the 2015-2016 school year, Centennial added a class in International Affairs[10] designed to cultivate young delegates through mentorship and instruction by senior members of the team.

According Best Delegate's 2015-2016 high school rankings, Centennial MUN team ranks top 150 teams in the nation.[11]

Centennial is advised by the Social Studies Department Chair Chad Hoge.


Centennial's boys' lacrosse team competed and won at the 2013 State Championship, the first state championship in a boys' sport since the school's opening.

The 2012-2013 winterguard won 4th place at SAPA championships.

The 2011-2012 soccer team finished 21−2−1 and went to the state finals but lost again to Collins Hill High School 3−1.

The 2009 soccer team was the state runner-up, losing in the finals to Collins Hill High School 1−0.

The 2009 and 2010 girls' tennis team was the state runner-up.

The 2002 Knights football team went 10-0, marking the only undefeated regular season in Centennial's history.[12] The region 6-AAAAA champion[13] The Knights lost in the second round of the state playoffs to eventual state champion Parkview High School.[12]

Centennial's first team State Championship was won by the 2006 girls' varsity swim team.[14]

Centennial High School won the 2007 Georgia State Championship in fencing.

Centennial wrestling state champions include Chris Sample, Sam Konigsberg, and Brian St. James.

The 2007 boys' varsity basketball team set a school record with a 21-game winning streak, and finishing 28−4. The team was crowned 2007 Region 6-AAAAA champion on February 17, beating Chattahoochee High School 56−47 in overtime. They played Norcross High School in the state championship on March 9, but were narrowly defeated 59–58.

Both Centennial's boys' and girls' varsity cross country[15] teams qualified for the state meet eight years in a row, from 2007–2013. In 2010, the boys' and girls' varsity teams both finished first at the regional meet. Senior Brooke Koblitz led the girls' race and broke the school record [16] for 3.1 miles, finishing at 18:40. Junior Kane Davis finished first in the boys' race. The team also sponsors the annual Firstgiving Sam Robb Memorial 5k and Fun Run[17] which raises money for the Cure Childhood Cancer fund and honors former Centennial student Sam Robb.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Centennial High School Student Agenda 2017-2018" (PDF). Centennial High School Knights. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Roswell Schools Get New Principals". Roswell Patch. Retrieved September 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "Centennial High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "Centennial High School Profile" (PDF). Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "2006 - Awards For Student Work Crown Awards - Scholastic Recipients". Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  6. ^ "America's Best High School Model UN Teams: Top 6-10". Best Delegate. March 30, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  7. ^ MiniMUN
  8. ^ "Fall 2011 High School Model UN Rankings: Top 6-10". Best Delegate. December 18, 2011. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Final 2012-2013 High School Rankings". Best Delegate. May 29, 2013. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  10. ^ International Affairs Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  11. ^ "The 150 Best High School Model United Nations Teams in North America from the 2015-2016 School Year". Best Delegate. August 29, 2016. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "GHSFHA Season Results Centennial Knights 2002". Georgia High School Football Historians Association. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved January 23, 2009.
  13. ^ "GHSFHA Region Championships Centennial Knights". Georgia High School Football Historians Association. Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved January 23, 2009.
  14. ^ "GHSA Swimming Championships". Georgia High School Association. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  15. ^ Centennial's boys' and girls' varsity cross country Archived February 4, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  17. ^ Firstgiving Sam Robb Memorial 5k and Fun Run Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  18. ^ Mike Ehrlich (February 17, 2009). "Spotlight on: Lorenzo Brown". Atlantic Coast Conference. Archived from the original on 2014-03-30. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  19. ^ Dick Kagael (September 11, 2011). "Royals players pause to remember 9/11". MLB.com. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  20. ^ Mike Blum (January 4, 2014). "Former Centennial player Yankey selected All-American". NorthFulton.com. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  21. ^ John Reid (December 23, 2013). "Yankey is Stanford's most decorated lineman". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  22. ^ Christopher Gates (May 10, 2014). "2014 NFL Draft: Minnesota Vikings Select David Yankey". SB Nation. Daily Norseman. Retrieved April 19, 2018.

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