North Central High School (Indianapolis)

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North Central High School
North Central Alumni Logo.jpg
1801 East 86th Street

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United States
Coordinates39°54′40″N 86°07′45″W / 39.911067°N 86.129112°W / 39.911067; -86.129112Coordinates: 39°54′40″N 86°07′45″W / 39.911067°N 86.129112°W / 39.911067; -86.129112
TypePublic high school
MottoAchievement through scholarship, honesty and respect.
School districtMetropolitan School District of Washington Township
PrincipalEvans Branigan III
Enrollment3,772 (2016-17)[1]
Athletics conferenceMetropolitan Interscholastic Conference
Team namePanthers
PublicationNCHS Live! (
NewspaperThe Northern Lights
YearbookThe Northerner

North Central High School is a public high school in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. It is part of the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township. North Central is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school.[2]


North Central was established in 1956 in response to Washington Township's rapidly growing population and the desire of residents to have a local high school. Prior to this, students from the township attended Broad Ripple High School and Shortridge High School in Indianapolis. (At this time, most of the township was outside the city limits.) In 1963 the current facility was opened, and the original building was repurposed to Northview Middle School.

In 1993 and 1994, the school suffered from two major fires set by arsonists. The second fire was especially severe, destroying several areas of the building, including the newly renovated gymnasium. All of the affected areas were rebuilt, but the arsonists were never caught.[3][self-published source?]

In 2004, William F. Gulde, the North Central High School Social Studies chair at the time, published a detailed history of the school titled Hopes, Dreams, and Books: The Story of North Central High School, 1956–2004.

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, is set in Indianapolis; where the character of Augustus Waters was a basketball star at North Central before being diagnosed with cancer.


For the 2009–2010 school year, enrollment was 3,392 students. Of these, 42% were white, 41% were black, 9% were Hispanic, 2% were Asian, and 5% were multiracial. 32% of students qualified for free lunches and 9% for reduced-price lunches.[2]

For the 2015-2016 school year, enrollment was 3,636 students. 41% were black, 35% were white, 14% were Hispanic, 6% were multiracial, and 4% were Asian. 42% qualified for free lunches and 6% of the student body qualified for reduced price lunches.[4]

Student publications[edit]

With three publications, The Northerner (Yearbook), The Northern Lights (Newspaper) and NCHS Live! (Website) the publications program has won various awards from the Journalism Education Association. Their most recent award was the JEA Administrator of the Year, awarded to Principal Evans Branigan III for demonstration of the First Amendment.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


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  17. ^ "Music career rolling for North Central alum Ro James". Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  18. ^ "Education and Early Work". Scott A. Jones. February 9, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2012.
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  21. ^ "Player bio for Todd Lickliter". April 17, 1955. Retrieved March 4, 2013.
  22. ^ "North Central Alumni Association". July 31, 2011. Archived from the original on August 10, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2012. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  23. ^ "Athlete biography: Maicel Malone-Wallace". USA Track & Field.
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