Grand Forks Central High School

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Grand Forks Central High School
115 North 4th Street
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58203
United States
Type Public
Motto "Providing opportunities to learn, build character, and strive for excellence."
Established 1881
School district Grand Forks Public Schools
Principal Marlon "Buck" Kasowski
Campus Director Tony Bina
Faculty 76
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 952[1] (October 2012)
Color(s)          Maroon and grey
Mascot Knights

Grand Forks Central High School (GFC) is a public senior high school in the Grand Forks Public Schools district. It is located in downtown Grand Forks. Central is regionally renowned in ice hockey and cross country.


GFC was originally built in 1882 at a cost of $26,000.

Its first graduating class graduated in 1886, and consisted of two women, Emma Oldham and Mary Parsons.

The original building underwent major renovation in 1911, and construction was completed on the current main building in 1917. The original structure was demolished in 1937 to build the auditorium, as part of The New Deal's Public Works Administration program. In 1985, construction began on a new media center, cafeteria, updated science classrooms, and gym. The most recent addition was a fine arts wing, a new home for the music department, which for the first time included a back stage and a proper set storage area, as well as a black box theater.[2]

Grand Forks Central is the oldest still-operating high school in North Dakota. [3] [4]

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  1. ^ "U.S. News & World Report". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved February 11, 2016. 
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  5. ^ Online comment of former schoolmate in response to Chuck Haga, "Final cheer for a Blue Cheer". Grand Forks Herald, October 22, 2009;

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Coordinates: 47°55′30″N 97°02′02″W / 47.92500°N 97.03389°W / 47.92500; -97.03389