Kalamazoo Central High School

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Kalamazoo Central High School
Athletics logo K Central.jpg
“Every child, every opportunity, every time.”
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
School type public high school
Founded 1858
School district Kalamazoo Public Schools
Principal Valerie A. Boggan
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1650+ (2010)
Color(s) Maroon and White          
Nickname Maroon Giants

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.[1]

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


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.[2] 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.[3] In 1925 the school moved to the building currently known as Old Central High School at 714 South Westnedge.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

Old Central High School 714 S. Westnedge

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.[7]

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]


  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (men's/women's) MHSAA 2010 & 2011 Boys Basketball Class A Champions[citation needed]
  • Softball
  • Soccer (men's/women's)
  • Track (men's/women's)
  • Tennis (men's/women's)
  • Wrestling
  • Swimming and Diving (men's/women's)
  • Lacrosse (men's/women's) (Kalamazoo United team with Loy Norrix High School)
  • Hockey (Kalamazoo United team)
  • Volleyball
  • Golf (men's/women's)
  • Cross-Country (men's/women's)

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ White House Press Release 
  2. ^ Kalamazoo Central High School History 1885-1898[dead link]
  3. ^ Michigan's Legal Milestones[dead link]
  4. ^ Kalamazoo Central High School History 1905-1948[dead link]
  5. ^ Kalamazoo Central High School History 1951-1989[dead link]
  6. ^ Buddy Holly Gigography, Tour History | Songkick
  7. ^ National High School Mock Trial Championship
  8. ^ Ruel, Tony (September 4, 2009). "Kickers continue to change high school game". Muskegon Chronicle (MLive). Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ Morgan, Paul (March 14, 2011). "Don Boven remembered, respected as fierce competitor, gentle man". MLive. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  10. ^ Richardson, Anwar S. (November 26, 2012). "Detroit Lions' Jerome Harrison leans on 'Diamond' wife throughout recovery from brain tumor". MLive. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ 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. 
  13. ^ "Jeter recalls day he and Rivera were sent down". ESPN.com. Associated Press. August 26, 2014. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ Calmes, Jackie (May 4, 2010). "Michigan High School Snags Obama as Speaker". New York Times. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  17. ^ Gleason, Bucky (October 18, 1998). "Rebuilding his career". The Buffalo News (HighBeam Research). Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Scott Rehberg". The Pro Football Archives. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 

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