Salina High School Central

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Salina High School Central
Salina High School Central logo.png
650 East Crawford Street [1]
Salina, Kansas 67401
United States
Coordinates 38°49′32.2″N 97°36′8.1″W / 38.825611°N 97.602250°W / 38.825611; -97.602250Coordinates: 38°49′32.2″N 97°36′8.1″W / 38.825611°N 97.602250°W / 38.825611; -97.602250
School type Public, High School
Motto Pride integrity determination excellence
Established 1863
School district USD 305 [2]
Superintendent William Hall
CEEB code 172685 [3]
Principal Nate Showman
Athletic Director Greg Maring [4][5]
Faculty 80 [6]
Grades 9 to 12
Gender coed
Enrollment 1000 [6]
Color(s)      Maroon
Fight song On Salina
Athletics Class 5A [7]
District 6 [8]
Athletics conference AVCTL I & II [4]
Mascot Mustangs
Rival Salina South,
Derby High School
Newspaper The Pylon

Salina High School Central, often referred to as Salina Central, is a fully accredited public high school located in Salina, Kansas, serving students in grades 9-12. The school was known as Salina High School before the opening of Salina High School South in 1971. Located at 650 East Crawford in the city of Salina, the school is attended by USD305 students living north of Republic Avenue. The athletic programs compete in the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League of the 5A division according to the KSHSAA. The Salina High School Central campus is home of the Salina Stadium.


Early history[edit]

Prior to the addition of Salina High School South to the district in 1971, the school was originally called Salina High School. The present building at the intersection of Front and Crawford Streets was dedicated October 27, 1952 at 7:30 PM in the school's auditorium. The building replaced the Washington High School building on 3rd Street.[9] Architects from Wilson & Company designed the building which was constructed by Bauman & Borden Construction Co. W.M. Ostenberg was the Superintendent of the Salina School System and Owen E. Hodgson was the principal of the high school when the new building opened. The building was quite modern by standards of the day and was considered the premiere high school facility in the state of Kansas. The building had approximately 150,000 square feet (14,000 m2) of space divided into classrooms, recreation and public use, and stairways and halls. There were 37 functional classrooms, four rooms used for libraries, a recital hall, and an art gallery and visual education. The four other rooms include the gymnasium, auditorium, cafeteria, and concourse. The current cafeteria, non-spectator gym and the block of classrooms located at the south end of the building was added in the 1960s. The library expansion occurred in the early 1990s. The construction on the stadium located to the east of the building was completed in 1965.

Recent years[edit]

Beginning in the fall of 2007, a new physical fitness wing was added to the building. This addition included a new weight room, wrestling room, health classroom, two new locker rooms, a training room, and various offices. The project was completed and open for the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year. Over the 2008 summer, the new tennis complex was completed replacing the small, aging courts. Eight new courts were added just north of the stadium with a new softball field being added just northeast of the stadium.


The school is located at 650 E. Crawford in Salina, Kansas. Attendance for Salina high schools is determined by residence relative to Cloud Street, within various elementary school residential districts. Students living in the Cottonwood, Heusner, Meadowlark, and Oakdale elementary school attendance districts will attend Central. Students living in the Coronado, Schilling, Sunset, and Stewart districts will attend South.[10]

Mission statement[edit]

The mission of the Salina Public Schools is to educate all students by providing them with opportunities to gain skills necessary to participate successfully in the communities in which they live. Completion of this mission is the responsibility of the students, family, community, teachers and staff in a cooperative partnership.[11]

Extracurricular activities[edit]


Salina Central offers a wide variety of athletic programs due to the school's size. The athletic teams are commonly known as the "Mustangs" and are classified as 5A according to the KSHSAA.[12] Throughout its history, Salina Central has won many state championships in various sports.


Throughout its history, the Mustang football team has won 6 state championships, occurring in 1993, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2005.[13] Additionally, the Mustangs had back-to-back-to-back undefeated regular seasons and held a 46-game winning-streak in district play from 1991–2007, until they were defeated by Topeka Seaman High School.[14]


The men's tennis program recorded its 6th consecutive KSHSAA 5A state title in 2009.[15] The men's tennis team currently owns eleven state titles, while the lady's tennis team owns three.[15]


In 2005 and 2006 the forensics team placed second in the state, and in 2007 they won 5A state breaking the all-time state record for number of points with 392.[16] They then proceeded to win state four times in a row through 2010.[17] They also have made a name for themselves at the National Level, breaking someone into the top 50 for the last four years.[citation needed]

State Championships[edit]

State Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year Reference
Fall Football 6 1993, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2005 [13]
Cross Country, Boys 1 1963 [18]
Winter Wrestling 2 1949, 1967 [19]
Basketball, Boys 3 1971, 1975, 1983 [20]
Spring Tennis, Boys 11 1993, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014 [15]
Tennis, Girls 5 1970, 1981, 2002, 2003, 2004 [15]
Track and Field, Girls 1 2002 [21]
Track and Field, Boys 2 1981, 1985 [21]
Forensics 6 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 [17]
Total 36

Salina High School Central offers the extracurricular activities:

Fine arts[edit]

Salina Central has become a front runner in theatre. Thespian Troupe 639 presented Noises Off! at the Kansas State Thespian Conference in Wichita in January 2008. The troupe also took Noises Off! to the International Thespian Festival held in Lincoln, Nebraska over the week of June 23–29, 2008.[22] It was one of 12 schools invited to perform at the festival, and one of two from Kansas. In the summer of 2010, Salina Central performed its second show in three years at the International Thespian Festival with the one-act The Least Offensive Play in the Whole Darn World. Troupe 639 also took the play "Funny Money" to International Thespian Festival in June 2012.

Central also has a choir program with about 150 students. In the 2012 contest season, many of the groups and soloist received 1 ratings.[23]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ GNIS for Salina High Central School; USGS; July 1, 1984.
  2. ^ USD 305
  3. ^ High School CEEB Code Search
  4. ^ a b "School Search - Salina-Central HS". Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Salina Central Administration List
  6. ^ a b Salina Central School Information
  7. ^ KSHSAA School Classification List
  8. ^ KSHSAA School District List
  9. ^ Salina: 1858–2008 (Images of America); Salina History Book Committee; Arcadia Publishing; 2008; ISBN 0-7385-6181-9, page 58.
  10. ^ "Salina USD 305 Attendance Centers". USD305 Salina, Kansas. 2010-08-04. Retrieved 2010-11-18. 
  11. ^ "About Us". USD305 Salina, Kansas. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  12. ^ "2010-2011 Classifications & Enrollments" (PDF). Kansas State High School Activities Association. 2010-09-27. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  13. ^ a b "Football Championship History" (PDF). Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  14. ^ Peterson, Rick (2007-10-26). "Seaman red hot at right time". The Topeka Capitol-Journal. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  15. ^ a b c d "KSHSAA Boys' Tennis" (PDF). Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 2010-11-15. [dead link]
  16. ^ The Salina Journal (2007-05-23). "Forensics Team Members Head to National Tourney". The Salina Journal. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  17. ^ a b "State Speech Championships" (PDF). Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  18. ^ "Boys State Cross Country Meets" (PDF). Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  19. ^ "Boys State Wrestling Tournaments" (PDF). Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  20. ^ "Boys State Basketball Tournaments" (PDF). Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  21. ^ a b "State Track and Field Meets" (PDF). Kansas State High School Activities Association. Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  22. ^ Demuth, Gary (2008-02-06). "Central Play Goes International". The Salina Journal. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  23. ^ "2010 Thespian Festival Schedule" (PDF). 2010-07-13. p. 6. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  24. ^ Hunter, Chris (2010-08-26). "Millertime". The Salina Journal. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 
  25. ^ Sullivan, Amy (2003-01-16). "Terence Newman Day". The Salina Journal. Retrieved 2010-11-09. 

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