Portage Central High School

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Portage Central High School
8135 South Westnedge Avenue
Portage, Michigan 49002
United States
Coordinates 42°11′53″N 85°35′21″W / 42.19806°N 85.58917°W / 42.19806; -85.58917Coordinates: 42°11′53″N 85°35′21″W / 42.19806°N 85.58917°W / 42.19806; -85.58917
School type Public
Founded 1922
School district Portage Public Schools
Superintendent Mark Bielang
Principal Eric Alburtus
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1431 (2008-2009)
Area Urban
Color(s) Gold, Blue
Team name Mustangs

Portage Central High School (PCHS) is a high school in Portage, Michigan.


The high school has resided in 3 separate building over its history.

History 1922-1949[edit]

The building of the original high school building was completed in 1922 as Portage Agricultural School.[3] This building was in use through 1949, and was used for a long period of time as the Portage Public Schools (PPS) administration building. In August 2014, it was demolished.

History 1949-2011[edit]

A new school was constructed during the 1940s and began use in 1949 as Portage Township High School. In 1963, the name was changed to Portage High School when Portage became a city. In 1966 the building became too small with approximately 1,500 students, and the school split into two schools, Portage Central High School and Portage Northern High School.[3] In January 1998 Portage Central High School, along with Portage Northern High School, became an official International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, governed by the International Baccalaureate Organization.[4]

History 2011-Present[edit]

In the summer of 2009, the school district began construction of a new building for the high school, adjacent to the old building. Part of the old building was torn down to make room for the new school, and the new school was built around the old auditorium. During construction, some shop classes were held in Portage Central Middle School. Music and social studies classes were held in the former Waylee Elementary. In the summer of 2011, the old high school was torn down. The grand opening of the new building was August 26, 2011, and it opened for classes on September 6, 2011.[5]

Enrollment history[edit]

  • Enrollment 2002-2003: 1,464 students
  • Enrollment 2003-2004: 1,485 students
  • Enrollment 2004-2005: 1,494 students
  • Enrollment 2005-2006: 1,499 students
  • Enrollment 2006-2007:
  • Enrollment 2007-2008:
  • Enrollment 2008-2009: 1,431 students

Information from Annual Reports published on the Portage Central High School Website


  • 2002-2003: 87 teachers
  • 2003-2004: 142 faculty
  • 2004-2005: 155 faculty
  • 2005-2006: 155 faculty
  • 2007-2008:
  • 2008-2009: 155 faculty

Information from Annual Reports published on the Portage Central High School Website

Notable alumni[edit]

School sports[edit]

Central High is a member of the SMAC (Southwestern Michigan Athletic Conference) and has outstanding sports teams.


Portage Central High School maintains a high quality arts program that is respected both locally and internationally. Many of the programs such as the theater program and the Marching Band travel to many locations within the United States and elsewhere such as Scotland and Italy.[7]

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