Central Davidson High School

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Central Davidson High School
CDHS athletics logo.jpg
2747 NC Hwy 47
Lexington, North Carolina
Type Public
Established 1957
Oversight Davidson County Schools
Principal Valerie Feezor
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 969
Campus Rural
Red, Black, Silver, and White
Mascot Spartacus
Nickname Spartans
Rival North Davidson High School
West Davidson High School
Yearbook The Spartan
Conference 2-A; Central Carolina Conference

Central Davidson High School (commonly referred to as "Central", "CHS" or "CDHS") is a public high school in Lexington, North Carolina. Central was established in 1957 and is located along NC HWY 47. It is part of the Davidson County Schools system and serves parts of the Lexington, Southmont, Linwood, Hedrick's Grove and Holly Grove areas. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


In the fall of 1957 Central opened after the merger of Davis-Townsend, Linwood, Southmont, and Silver Valley grades 9-12 into one high school. A site on NC HWY 47 was selected for the new school. The same year it opened, the Board of Education named the new consolidated high school "Central High School". Central's first class, the class of 1958, decided on the school's mascot, the Spartan, and colors of red, black, silver and white. They were originally going to choose the Trojan as the school mascot but decided on the Spartan instead. "In 1970 the Board of Education authorized the purchase of land for the new high school (our current building) and students began classes in the first phase of the building in 1973." [1]

The new location of the high school, which started construction in September 1971, was right next door to its old campus, which has since then been the home of Central Davidson Middle School. The commons areas, gym, band room, and vocational classrooms weren't completed until a few years later. Prior to that, students had to eat sandwiches in the media center, and play basketball games at the middle school's gym. In 1981 Central's new football stadium, Spartan Community Stadium, was built, and it wasn't until the late eighties that they paved the track. Ground was broken in October 2007 for a one-story, 12-class room addition, which opened in the fall of the 2008-2009 school year.

Feeder schools[edit]

  • Davis-Townsend Elementary
  • Southmont Elementary
  • Southwood Elementary
  • Central Davidson Middle


  • Principal: Valerie Feezor
  • Assistant Principal: Matt Coloton
  • Assistant Principal: Kevin Hudson

Advanced Placement courses[edit]

Alma mater[edit]

Hail, Central, Hail
We proudly stand as Central Spartans,
United as we share
A bond that's built on love and friendship
And comes from those who care.

Lift your voices, shout your praises,
Over hill and vail;
Here's to thee, our Alma Mater,
Hail, Central, Hail.

Through the years may see us wander
From these hallowed halls,
We will always love and honor
The school within these walls.

Lift your voices, shout your praises,
Over hill and vail;
Here's to thee, our Alma Mater,
Hail, Central, Hail.


Central is a member of the 2A Central Carolina Conference.[2] Central's biggest rivals are North Davidson High School and West Davidson High School.

The sports teams of Central are:

Sporting achievements[edit]

Year Achievements
1960 NCHSAA 2A Baseball State Champions
1979 NCHSAA 2A Women's Basketball State Champions
1991 NCHSAA 2A Wrestling Runners-up
2002 NCHSAA 2A Golf State Champions
2006 NCHSAA 2A Softball Runners-up
2007 NCHSAA 2A Softball State Champions'
2008 NCHSAA 2A Softball State Champions
2008 NCHSAA 2A Women's Cross Country Regional Runners-up
2008 NCHSAA 2A Men's Cross Country Regional Runners-up
2009 NCHSAA 2A Softball State Champions
2010 NCHSAA 2A Softball Runners-up
2011–12 Central Carolina Conference Wells Fargo Cup winner
2012–13 Central Carolina Conference Wells Fargo Cup winner

Central's softball team finished 5th out of 25 in the country in the 2008 US Today/National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll. Central was one out of only two high schools in North Carolina to be recognized nationally in fastpitch softball in 2008.

Former Central softball pitcher Chelsea Leonard was chosen to play in the inaugural Under Armour All-America Softball Game in Lake Buena Vista, Florida on July 20, 2008.

On June 25, 2009, the women's softball team was given the key to the city of Lexington, North Carolina by former Mayor John Walser.

For the 2011–2012 and 2012–2013 school years, Central won the Wells Fargo Cup for the Central Carolina Conference. Central achieved this due to winning conference championships in the spring sports of men's and women's track and field, softball and women's soccer.[3][4]

In 2013, former athletes Henrietta Walls and Chelsea Leonard were recognized in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's "100 to Remember: Female Athletes" list.[5]

Band program[edit]

In recent years, bands from Central Davidson have received recognition for their growth, discipline and individual member achievements. The school's bands have grown in membership to around 160 students. For two decades, the band program at Central Davidson has been highly regarded in the state. The program is made up of two concert bands (the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band), which meet daily during the school year, as well as an after-school and voluntary marching band. The concert bands have received over twenty superior ratings at the Northwest North Carolina State Band Contest in past years. The Wind Ensemble performs each year in Grade VI. At the 2017 state band contest, the Wind Ensemble performed in 'Masterwork' for the first time ever. The concert bands perform around four concerts each year, and also perform at the State Band Contest, where they regularly receive superior ratings. The Wind Ensemble was invited to perform at the North Carolina Music Educator's Convention in 2005.

March 21, 2005, was proclaimed "Central Davidson Band Day" in North Carolina in honor of the band's performance at the National Festival of States in Washington D.C.

Notable alumni[edit]



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-03-19. Retrieved 2008-04-14. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-16. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  4. ^ http://www.nchsaa.org/newsletter.php?mode=displayHTML&archiveID=2958#.Ub0X9djGFFY
  5. ^ "General: Walls, Leonard recognized by NCHSAA". The Dispatch.com. August 22, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013.