Central High School (Phoenix, Arizona)
4525 North Central Avenue
|Type||Public secondary school|
|Number of students||2,350 (2015-16)|
|Color(s)||Red and Gray|
Central High School is a high school in the Phoenix Union High School District, Phoenix, Arizona, United States. The campus is located at 4525 North Central Avenue, just north of downtown. It was established in 1957.
Central’s enrollment is 2,370 students. Over 60 percent of the population is Hispanic. Central also has the highest percentage of Caucasian students in the district, as well as the highest percentage of Native Americans. Central also is noted for its substantial refugee population, one of the largest in the state.
The school predominantly serves students from partner elementary districts Alhambra, Creighton, Madison, Osborn, and Phoenix Elementary. However, students from across the district come to Central for its Phoenix Union Magnet Program in International Studies.
The Arizona Department of Education has designated Central a "performing" school. Central has had 96 students recognized as National Merit Scholars in the past 15 years. The International Studies program includes foreign exchange programs
- Trung Canidate - Former NFL running back
- Bryan Colangelo - NBA executive
- Lois Drinkwater - sprinter and the first Arizona female to run in the Olympics (1968 as a junior)
- Damon Mays - Former NFL wide receiver
Entertainment and music
- Mark Coggins - author
- Samantha Ponder - ESPN personality
- Richard Page (class of 1971) - lead singer and bassist of the pop rock band Mr. Mister
- Phil Gordon - 51st mayor of Phoenix
- Rosanna Gabaldón - member of the Arizona House of Representatives
- Ian Bruce (class of 1962) - professor and vice-president of the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)
- Cindy McCain - wife of Senator John McCain
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