Forest Hills Central High School

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Forest Hills Central High School
5901 Hall St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Coordinates 42°56′37″N 85°31′22″W / 42.9436°N 85.5229°W / 42.9436; -85.5229Coordinates: 42°56′37″N 85°31′22″W / 42.9436°N 85.5229°W / 42.9436; -85.5229
Type Public high school
Established 1958 (first graduating class 1961)
Principal Steve Passinault
Asst. principals John DeStefano
Elizabeth Cotter
Faculty 67.7 FTEs[1]
Grades 912
Enrollment 1,305 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 19.3:1[1]
Schedule type Six periods (Seven including Zero hour)
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Forest Green, White and Black
Athletics conference Ottawa-Kent Conference White Division
Mascot Rangers

Forest Hills Central High School is located in Ada Township, Michigan, near Grand Rapids.[2][3] It is one of three high schools in the Forest Hills Public Schools system. The district also includes Forest Hills Eastern High School (FHE) and Forest Hills Northern High School (FHN).

As of the 2014–15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,305 students and 67.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 19.3:1. There were 68 students (5.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 27 (2.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]


Forest Hills Central High School (originally "Forest Hills High School") became the first high school of the newly formed Forest Hills School District in the fall of 1958. The doors opened in September with only freshman and sophomore students. The first graduating class was 1961.

The school was memorable for its campus style construction consisting eventually of thirteen separate buildings, including an auditorium added in 1977. The classroom buildings were long hallways, which connected five or six individual rooms. Michigan winters were not amenable to the open campus and the constant walks outside from building to building. In addition, the student population continued to grow, and the buildings began to quickly deteriorate. In 1986, Central High was completely rebuilt with the exception of the auditorium, the gymnasium, the cafeteria, and the art/industrial arts wing, all of which were incorporated into one new building. Since that time, the school has undergone numerous building and remodeling projects.

In 2009, the building underwent a multimillion-dollar construction project that included a new weight room, student and staff parking lots, main office renovation, athletic field entrance, athletic office, classrooms, and a new gym entrance and foyer. Also added to the new gym entrance were heated sidewalks. In 2010, the auditorium was remodeled.


Forest Hills Central's athletic teams compete under the "Rangers" mascot. Most teams compete in the Ottawa-Kent Conference White division. Forest Hills Central currently offers the following varsity sports:

Boys' sports[edit]

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross-country
  • Football – 1994 state runner-up [4]
  • Golf – 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2010 state runner-up, 2009, 2011 state champions[5]
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse – 2007 was the first year of competition separate from Forest Hills Northern. Prior to that, the two schools fielded a combined team. 1990 state champions, 2008 runners-up. 2010 Division II State Champions. 2012 Division II State Champions 2013 Division II state runners-up.[6]
  • Skiing – 1996 state champions[7]
  • Soccer – 2004, 2015 state champions[8]
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis – 1998, 2003 state champions, 2001, 2002, 2011 runner-up, 2014 state champions, 2015 state champions, 2016 state champions[9]
  • Wrestling

Girls' sports[edit]

  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Cross-country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer – 2005, 2007, 2008, state champions, 2003 runner-up[10]
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving – 1993, 1994 state champions, 1995, 2007 runner-up[11]
  • Tennis – 1985 state runner-up [12]
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball – 1986, 1987 state runner-up
  • Water polo



At Forest Hills Central, there are several theatre classes offered. These include Theatre I, Theatre II, and Musical Theatre. The Theatre Program at the school puts on several shows and events every year, including the Fall Play, the Spring Musical, a talent show entitled "Random Acts of Talent", and an improvisation show known as "Improv Central".

Weekend education[edit]

The Grand Rapids Supplemental School (グランドラピッズ補習授業校 Gurando Rappizu Hoshū Jugyō Kō), a part-time Japanese school, holds its classes at the high school.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Central High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Ada township, MI (Part 2) (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on April 6, 2015. See Part 1 of Ada Township (Archive), See Overall (Archive)
  3. ^ "Contact Us." Forest Hills Central High School. Retrieved on April 6, 2015. "Central High School 5901 Hall Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546"
  4. ^ "MHSAA Yearly Results". Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  5. ^ "Team Champions - Boys Golf". MHSAA Sports. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  6. ^ "". Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  7. ^ "MHSAA Yearly Results". Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  8. ^ "MHSAA Yearly Results". Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  9. ^ "Team Champions - Boys Tennis". MHSAA Sports. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  10. ^ "MHSAA Yearly Results". Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  11. ^ "Team Champions – Girls Swimming & Diving". MHSAA Sports. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  12. ^ "MHSAA Yearly Results". Retrieved 2007-08-05. 
  13. ^ "北米の補習授業校一覧(平成25年4月15日現在)." () MEXT. Retrieved on May 5, 2014. "Forest Hills Central High School 5901 Hall St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546 U.S.A."
  14. ^ Mathews, Reena. "FHC alumna Senator Gretchen Whitmer is running for Governor". The Central Trend. Retrieved 2017-03-08. 
  15. ^ Kyle Visser, Wake Forest. Accessed February 21, 2017. "Forest Hills Central High School in Grand Rapids, Mich., 2003"
  16. ^ Sanford, James. "Kim Zimmer talks about portraying Norma Desmond in the Barn Theatre's Sunset Boulevard", The Ann Arbor News, August 21, 2011. Accessed February 21, 2017. "Written in a free-wheeling 'Can-we-talk?' style, the book chronicles her journey from Forest Hills Central High School and Hope College to San Francisco, New York and, naturally, the mythical town of Springfield, where Zimmer ruled the roost for more than 25 years as Reva Shayne, the guiding light of the CBS daytime drama “The Guiding Light."