Kalamazoo Central High School

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Kalamazoo Central High School
Athletics logo K Central.jpg
“Every child, every opportunity, every time.”
Address
2432 North Drake Road
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006
United States
Coordinates 42°18′57″N 85°38′49″W / 42.3157°N 85.647°W / 42.3157; -85.647Coordinates: 42°18′57″N 85°38′49″W / 42.3157°N 85.647°W / 42.3157; -85.647
Information
School type public high school
Founded 1858
School district Kalamazoo Public Schools
Principal Valerie Boggan
Teaching staff 76.52 (on a FTE basis)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,595 (2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 20.84
Color(s) Maroon and White         
Athletics conference Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference
Nickname Maroon Giants
Website
[1]

Kalamazoo Central High School is a public high school in Kalamazoo, Michigan serving students from ninth through twelfth grades. It was the first public high school in Michigan. It began operating in 1858 and graduated its first class of five men and three women in 1859. It moved to its current location in 1972. It is rated Class A by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA). On May 4, 2010, the White House announced that Central High had won the first annual Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge and that President Barack Obama will deliver the school’s 2010 commencement address.[2]

Kalamazoo Central students are eligible for the Kalamazoo Promise, which provides reduced or free college tuition for students attending public colleges in Michigan.

History[edit]

Old Central High School 714 S. Westnedge

The first legal public high-school in Kalamazoo and in the state of Michigan began operating in 1858. The first class, consisting of five men and three women graduated in 1859.[3] Charles E. Stuart sued the Kalamazoo School Board in 1874 alleging that the school-board's use of taxpayer money to fund secondary education was unconstitutional (up until that point taxpayers money was only for elementary schools). The School Board prevailed, setting a precedent allowing publicly funded secondary education throughout the country.[4] In 1925 the school moved to the building currently known as Old Central High School at 714 South Westnedge.[5] On the fourth floor of the Old Central High School is currently located the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center, or KAMSC. Following the largest graduating class of 799 students in 1960, some Central High School students transferred to the newly opened Loy Norrix High School in 1961. Central High School moved to its current location in 1972.[6]

After the introduction of the Kalamazoo Promise scholarship program, the school along with the Kalamazoo Public Schools system was placed into the national spotlight highlighted with a Katie Couric visit. Enrollment in KPS has risen significantly, and the surrounding area has begun to find economic benefits.

Buddy Holly and the Crickets played a show in the Old Central High School Auditorium on April 28, 1958.[7]

Demographics[edit]

The demographic breakdown of the 1,595 students enrolled in 2013-14 was:

  • Male - 48.7%
  • Female - 51.3%
  • Native American/Alaskan - 0.6%
  • Asian/Pacific islanders - 2.4%
  • Black - 49.1%
  • Hispanic - 8.7%
  • White - 33.7%
  • Multiracial - 5.5%

64.6% of the students were eligible for free or reduced lunch.[1]

Student activities[edit]

The Choir program competes in the MSVMA (Michigan State Vocal Music Association).

The Marching Band in 2006 ranked first in a national competition at Walt Disney World.[citation needed]

The Mock Trial team took first place at Nationals in 1996.[8]

During the late 80s and the 90s, the KC Forensics Team took 6 of 14 I.E. events in the year 1999 at the State Championship.[citation needed]

The Kalamazoo Central Activists for Action was awarded the 2008 STAR Youth Volunteer Group of the Year.[citation needed]

Athletics[edit]

Kalamazoo Central's Maroon Giants compete in the Southwest Michigan Athletic Conference. The school colors are maroon and white. The following MHSAA sanctioned sports are offered:[9]

  • Bowling (boys & girls)
  • Football (boys)
  • Baseball (boys)
  • Basketball (boys & girls)
    • Boys state champion - 1932, 1938, 1949, 1950, 1951, 2010, 2011[10]
  • Softball (girls)
  • Soccer (boys & girls)
  • Track (boys & girls)
    • Boys state champion - 1933, 1942, 1965[11]
  • Tennis (boys & girls)
    • Boys state champion - 1937[12]
    • Girls state champion - 1972[13]
  • Wrestling (boys)
  • Swimming and Diving (boys & girls)
  • Lacrosse (boys & girls) **
  • Ice hockey (boys) **
  • Volleyball (girls)
    • State champion - 1996[14]
  • Golf (boys & girls)
    • Boys state champion - 1939, 1940[15]
    • Girls state champion - 1994, 1995, 1996[16]
  • Cross-Country (boys & girls)
    • Boys state champion - 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930(tied), 1931, 1935, 1943, 1946, 1954[17]
  • Skiing (boys & girls)
  • Competitive cheer (girls)

**Kalamazoo United teams with Loy Norrix High School

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Kalamazoo Central High School". ed.gov. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  2. ^ White House Press Release 
  3. ^ Kalamazoo Central High School History 1885-1898 Archived January 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Michigan's Legal Milestones Archived December 7, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Kalamazoo Central High School History 1905-1948 Archived January 4, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Kalamazoo Central High School History 1951-1989 Archived November 5, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Buddy Holly". Songkick. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "History and Winners". nationalmocktrial.org. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "MHSAA > Schools". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Yearly Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Team Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Team Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Team Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "Yearly Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  15. ^ "Team Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "Team Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  17. ^ "Team Champions". mhsaa.com. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  18. ^ Ruel, Tony (September 4, 2009). "Kickers continue to change high school game". Muskegon Chronicle (MLive). Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  19. ^ Morgan, Paul (March 14, 2011). "Don Boven remembered, respected as fierce competitor, gentle man". MLive. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  20. ^ Richardson, Anwar S. (November 26, 2012). "Detroit Lions' Jerome Harrison leans on 'Diamond' wife throughout recovery from brain tumor". MLive. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  21. ^ DeCaamp, Scott (April 5, 2011). "Former Kalamazoo Central standout Ron Jackson, Kalamazoo St. Augustine star Charles Muth nominees for 'Retro' Mr. Basketball". Kalamazoo Gazette (MLive). Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  22. ^ Tomasson, Chris (October 24, 2013). "Vikings' Greg Jennings: I can play in NBA, LeBron James in NFL". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Jeter recalls day he and Rivera were sent down". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  24. ^ Liberty, John (March 4, 2014). "'The Daily Show' debut: Watch Jon Stewart tell Kalamazoo native Jordan Klepper to 'go back to Crimea'". MLive.com. Retrieved March 7, 2014. 
  25. ^ DeCamp, Scott (August 19, 2010). "Fits like a glove: Mike Squires still working in major league baseball, but rooted in Kalamazoo". MLive. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  26. ^ Calmes, Jackie (May 4, 2010). "Michigan High School Snags Obama as Speaker". New York Times. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  27. ^ Gleason, Bucky (October 18, 1998). "Rebuilding his career". The Buffalo News (HighBeam Research). Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Scott Rehberg". The Pro Football Archives. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 

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