Cheyenne Central High School
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|Cheyenne Central High School|
|5500 Education Drive
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82009
|School type||Public, high school|
|School district||Laramie County SD #1|
|Color(s)||Red and black|
|Average ACT scores||22.1 average as of 2014|
Cheyenne Central High School is a public secondary school (grades 9-12) located in Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States. It serves Laramie County School District #1. The high school serves students who attended McCormick JHS, Clawson ES, Davis ES, Deming/Miller ES, Freedom ES, Gilchrist ES, Hobbs ES, Jessup ES, Pioneer Park ES, Willadsen ES, and Saddle Ridge ES in Cheyenne. The current principals are Dr. Stephen Newton, Brian Cox, Fred George, and Kristen Siegel.
Cheyenne High School, the predecessor of Cheyenne Central High School, was the first high school in Wyoming, founded in 1868. The school is a charter member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Cheyenne Central High School was first accredited in 1904 and continues to be accredited by that organization and by the Wyoming State Department of Education.
Cheyenne Central offers 21 Advanced Placement programs. For the 2012-2013 school year, Cheyenne Central made "Adequate Yearly Progress" in accordance with the Federal No Child Left Behind Act.
Cheyenne Central is home to the second oldest JROTC unit in the United States, behind Fort Leavenworth, Kansas (1897; officially formed in 1917). The program was started in 1903, originally offering the class at Cheyenne High School (now called Cheyenne Central High School). It was initially run as a cooperative effort between the Wyoming National Guard and the Laramie County School Board. Since 1916, the program has been a cooperative effort between the school district and the U.S. Army. This unit is currently a Honor Unit (top 50% in the nation).
The school offers competitive sports including men's basketball, women's basketball, cheerleading, cross country, dance, football, golf, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's swimming & diving, women's swimming & diving, tennis, track (indoor and outdoor), volleyball, and wrestling.
Activities and clubs include Art Club, "C" Club, Change Attitudes Now (CAN), Centralaires, Cheerleaders/Dance, Close-up, DECA, FBLA, FCCLA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, FFA, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Green Club, Health Occupations, International Club, Interact, International Thespians, Key Club, Lariat (school newspaper), Math Club, Mock Trial, National Forensics League, National Honor Society, POW WOW (Yearbook), ROTC, Science Olympiad, Ski Club, Skills USA, Sound Connection/Chorale, Student Senate, Student Trainers, Tomahawks, United Way, We the People, WHAM, and Writing Club.
Central Indians Band
The Central Indians Band is directed by Kevin Madigan. The school has multiple bands, including Percussion, Guitar, Jazz Band, Jazz Orchestra (a more vigorous course of Jazz Band), Concert Band, and Wind Ensemble. During the summer, members of the band voluntarily march during the months of June and July. The group marches in the Cody Stampede Parades around Independence Day and during their hometown's own celebration of Frontier Days, a week-long rodeo known as "the daddy of them all."
The band also competes at the Wyoming High School Association's State Marching Band Competition held in October each year. In recent years, the Central Marching Indians received a Superior Ranking for their outstanding performance:
2015: "The Civil War 150th Anniversary" led by drum majors Karen Russell and Jared Leuquire
Caption Awards: Outstanding Drum Majors and Outstanding General Effect
Trooper's Outstanding Leadership Award: Low Brass and Low Woodwind Sections
2014: "Welcome to the Jungle" led by drum majors Bailey Hamman and Keahi Purdy
Caption Awards: Percussion and General Effect
Trooper's Outstanding Leadership Award: Section Leaders
2013: "Cirque du Soleil's Journey of Man" led by drum major Kristina Edwards
Caption Award: Drum Major
Trooper's Outstanding Leadership Award: Flute Section
This band has also played at Walt Disney World multiple times, most recently in the spring of 2014.
- Harriet Elizabeth Byrd (Class of 1944), first African-American member of the Wyoming legislature
- Boyd Dowler (Class of 1955), former NFL player with the Green Bay Packers; 1959 rookie of the year and five NFL titles
- Jim Eliopulos (Class of 1977), former NFL player
- Shirley E. Flynn (Class of c. 1946), American historian, author of Let's Go! Let's Show! Let's Rodeo!, a history of Cheyenne Frontier Days
- Chris LeDoux (Class of c. 1966), country music singer
- Leslie Osterman (Class of 1966), member of the Kansas House of Representatives and retired health systems analyst from Wichita, Kansas
- Dean T. Prosser (Class of 1934), Wyoming politician
- Don Westbrook (Class of 1972), former NFL player
- Alvin Wiederspahn (Class of 1967), Wyoming politician, lawyer, and historical preservationist
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