Central High School (St. Joseph, Missouri)

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Central High School
2602 Edmond Street
Saint Joseph, Missouri 64501
United States
Coordinates 39°45′54″N 94°49′44″W / 39.76505°N 94.82896°W / 39.76505; -94.82896Coordinates: 39°45′54″N 94°49′44″W / 39.76505°N 94.82896°W / 39.76505; -94.82896
Founded 1895
School district Saint Joseph School District
Principal Deborah Stephens
Enrollment 1,651 (2014-2015)
Color(s)          Blue and white
Nickname Indians
Yearbook Wakitan

Central High School is a public secondary school in St. Joseph, Missouri.The school is part of the Saint Joseph School District.[1]


The school was established in March 1861 as St Joseph High School an closed a few months later due to the Civil War. It re-opened in 1864. It was made to be the hospital for injured people and stashed the bodies on the very top floor and in the tunnels. On May 8, 1895, the cornerstone was laid for a new building at 13th & Olive Street. The building opened on May 6, 1896. In 1907 a second high school was built in the city thus St. Joseph High School was renamed St. Joseph Central High School. In 1932, a new Central High School was established at 26th & Edmond Street.[2] With a rapidly growing student population, the school expanded in 1961 with a 24-room addition, now called the Sophomore Annex (or Sophomore hallway). In 1968, the 25-room addition now known as the Freshman Annex (or Freshman Building). A bond-renovation project was completed in 2002 that included relocation and centralization of the administrative and counseling offices, as well as the addition of a new media center and library, a gym renovation, and science lab upgrades.

Student body[edit]

The following is as of the 2014-15 school year.[3]


  • Total Students: 1,651
  • Full Time Teachers: 89 (estimate)
  • Faculty : 174
  • Student/Teacher Ratio: 18:1


  • Native American: 3%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Black: 39%
  • White/Other: 44%

Grade level[edit]

  • 9th Grade—446
  • 10th Grade—470
  • 11th Grade—406
  • 12th Grade—388


Central High School offers a wide variety of sporting activities including:

  • Football
  • Cross Country (Girls & Boys)
  • Basketball (Girls & Boys)
  • Swimming (Girls & Boys)
  • Cheerleading
  • Wrestling
  • Softball
  • Golf (Girls & Boys)
  • Soccer (Girls & Boys)
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis (Girls & Boys)
  • Baseball
  • Track (Girls & Boys)
  • Marching Band
  • Orchestra
  • Show Choir


  • Dance Team
  • Speech and Debate
  • All School Musical
  • Scholar Bowl


The Central High School yearbook is known as the Wakitan and is currently in its 122nd volume.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Central High School". education.com. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "School History / Home". sjsd.k12.mo.us. Retrieved 30 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "School Profile" Archived October 19, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Dwayne Blakley". databaseFootbal.com. Archived from the original on May 30, 2012. Retrieved September 29, 2012. 

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