Manchester Central High School

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This article is about the secondary school in New Hampshire, United States. For the former school of the same name in Manchester, England, see Manchester Academy (Moss Side).
Manchester High School Central
Central High School's Shield
Manchester, NH
 United States
Type Public high school
Motto Respice, Adspice, Prospice
(Look Towards the Past, Present, and Future)
Established March 30, 1846
Principal John Vaccarezza[1]
Staff 159
Number of students 2,100[2]
Campus Urban
Color(s) Green & White          
Nickname Little Green

Coordinates: 42°59′36″N 71°27′17″W / 42.99333°N 71.45472°W / 42.99333; -71.45472

Bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln by John Rogers in front of the Burns Building at Central High School.

Manchester High School Central is the oldest public high school in the state of New Hampshire. Located in the heart of Manchester, New Hampshire, approximately 2,100 students attend[2] from communities such as Candia, Hooksett, and Manchester. The name was changed from Manchester High School in 1922 when Manchester West High School opened. Including Central, Manchester has a total of three public high schools.

Its athletics teams are nicknamed the Little Green (after Dartmouth's Big Green), and predictably, the school colors are green and white. Sports Illustrated named the school's athletic department as the best in the state of New Hampshire in 2005.[3]

The school originally had crimson red as its school color, but Concord High School had taken the color soon after. After the start of the 20th century, the two schools decided that the winner of a league championship would keep its colors; Concord won, and Manchester Central chose forest green as its new color.

Ronald Mailhot was named interim principal at the end of 2011, following the retirement of former principal John R. Rist, but will now be returning as full-time principal in 2012. Mailhot later resigned in the middle of the 2013-2014 school year and was replaced by John Rist for his second stint as principal of Central. Rist retired at the end of the 2014 school year and was succeeded by John M. Vaccarezza, who is the current principal.

Central High School's student newspaper The Little Green was commended by Columbia Scholastic Press and featured in the Manchester Daily Express as well as the New Hampshire Union Leader.[4] In 2012, the New England Scholastic Press Association (NESPA) awarded its Highest Achievement award in Scholastic Editing and Publishing to the newspaper for the 2011-2012 school year.

Diversity at Central[edit]

Manchester High School Central has a diverse student population. On a daily basis, Central's faculty teaches students from sixty different countries who speak thirty different languages.[5] New Hampshire Public Radio was so intrigued by the wide array of student backgrounds at Central that it decided to compose a project entitled "Culture Lessons" in 2006. The project's objective was to dive into the core of "a school with a very diverse population in a very homogeneous state".[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Central High School". Central High School. Manchester School District. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "About Central High School". Central High School. Manchester School District. Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "2005 Best Sports High Schools By State". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  4. ^ "High School Journalism Awards". New Hampshire Union Leader. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  5. ^ "A Crew Team Like No Other". ESPN. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  6. ^ "Culture Lessons: Stories of Students at Manchester Central High School". New Hampshire Public Radio. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 

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