Central High School (Memphis, Tennessee)

Coordinates: 35°8′1″N 90°1′11″W / 35.13361°N 90.01972°W / 35.13361; -90.01972
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Central High School
Memphis Central High modern entry
306 South Bellevue Boulevard


United States
MottoEnhancing The Tradition of Excellence
School districtShelby County Schools
PrincipalAmy Epps
Teaching staff83.20 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,530 (2017–18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio18.39[1]
Color(s)Green and gold   
Fight songWarrior Song/War Drum
NicknameThe High School
Central High School
Front of Central High
Central High School (Memphis, Tennessee) is located in Tennessee
Central High School (Memphis, Tennessee)
Central High School (Memphis, Tennessee) is located in the United States
Central High School (Memphis, Tennessee)
Location306 S. Bellevue Blvd., Memphis, Tennessee
Coordinates35°8′1″N 90°1′11″W / 35.13361°N 90.01972°W / 35.13361; -90.01972
Area6 acres (2.4 ha)
ArchitectB.C. Alsup
Architectural styleTudor Revival, Jacobethan Revival
MPSPublic Schools of Memphis 1902-1915 TR
NRHP reference No.82004041[2]
Added to NRHPSeptember 17, 1982

Central High School is a public high school (grades 9-12) in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Founded in the early 1900s, it is popularly considered the first high school in Memphis. This, however, is not accurate; in fact, 3 High Schools in Memphis were established before Central: Booker T Washington in 1873 (with the same colors and mascot), Manassas HS in 1899, and Melrose in 1894.

Central is often called "THE" High School. It is a part of the Shelby County Optional School system where it is recognized as a school specializing in college preparatory programs. The principal is Gregory McCullough. Central's mascot is the Warrior and the school colors are green and gold. For recognition as the successor to Memphis High School, the first high school for whites in Memphis, Central High's football team, rather than having artwork denoting the "Warrior" mascot, simply has a capital "H", for THE High School


Central High was built in 1911 by the Memphis Board of Education, when the current building was erected on Raleigh Avenue, now called Bellevue Blvd. It is in the Jacobean Revival architecture style, with corner pavilions on the west facade, and rusticated surrounds on the upper story windows. Though there have been additions, the school retains is architectural integrity.[3] Central High's building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 17, 1982.[2]


Central High School offers a traditional program of academics as well as an Optional College Preparatory Program. Honors and Advanced Placement courses are offered.[4]


In 2014, 405 students received diplomas. ACT composite scores for the 2014-2015 school year were 18.1 vs 19.8 for the state and 21.1 national.[4]

Extra-curricular activities, clubs and organizations[edit]

Central High School has clubs in foreign language, volunteer service, and honor societies. Central's extracurricular activities include:

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Central High
  2. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  3. ^ Lloyd Ostby (May 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Central High School". National Park Service. Retrieved February 9, 2016. Accompanying three photos from 1982.
  4. ^ a b "Central High School Profile" (PDF). Central High School Memphis. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 February 2016. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  5. ^ Ryan Chittum (September 20, 2005). "The Holidome Returns: Slumping Holiday Inn Expands Water Parks". The Wall Street Journal.
  6. ^ "Machine Gun Kelly captured in Memphis". historic-memphis.com. Retrieved 24 July 2021.
  7. ^ "Biographical Data" (PDF). Retrieved March 11, 2022.
  8. ^ "Jim Dandy - Ready As Hell". Discogs. Retrieved 2021-11-02.
  9. ^ "Kudisan Kai". Archived from the original on 2021-11-02. Retrieved November 1, 2021.

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