Springfield Central High School

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Springfield Central High School
1840 Roosevelt Avenue
Springfield, Massachusetts 01109
United States
Coordinates 42°07′52″N 72°32′48″W / 42.1312°N 72.5468°W / 42.1312; -72.5468Coordinates: 42°07′52″N 72°32′48″W / 42.1312°N 72.5468°W / 42.1312; -72.5468
School type Public
Opened 1898
School district Springfield Public Schools
CEEB code 222030
Principal Thaddeus Tokarz
Grades 9-12
Age range 13-19
Number of students 1,961[1]
Average class size 18-25
Hours in school day 7:35 A.M. - 2:20 P.M.
Campus type Urban
Color(s) Black, White & Gold             
Slogan Home of Scholars and Champions
Athletics MIAA - Division 1 West
Athletics conference AA League
Mascot Golden Eagles
Rival Roger L Putnam Vocational-Technical High School

Springfield Central High School (SCHS) is a public high school located in Springfield, Massachusetts. The high school is for students in grades 9–12. With an enrollment of over 2,000 students, Springfield Central High School describes itself as the largest high school in Western Massachusetts.[2]


Springfield Central High School opened in 1898.[3] The school added a junior high school in 1922 and in 1936 became Classical High School. Merging two closed schools, Classical High and Technical High, the current campus of Springfield Central High School opened on September 3, 1986.[4]

In 2008, the Springfield Public Schools created a mandatory district-wide uniform policy.[5]

In 2010, Springfield Central retired jersey number 3 previously worn by basketball player Travis Best, who was a Parade magazine All-American and later played professionally in the NBA and internationally from 1995 to 2009.[6]


Springfield Central partners with Shakespeare & Company (Massachusetts) every year, participating in the annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare, which brings over 500 high school students together each year for a nine-week, collaborative, non-competitive, celebratory exploration and production of multiple Shakespeare plays.[7]


Fall sports include soccer (boys and girls), volleyball (girls), field hockey (boys and girls), football (boys), golf (boys), and cross country. The winter sports include basketball (boys and girls), swimming (boys and girls), indoor track (boys and girls), hockey, and wrestling. The spring sports include baseball (boys), softball (girls), tennis (boys and girls), track and field (boys and girls), and volleyball (boys). The 2012 boys basketball team won the state championship and the football team won the 2012 Western Mass Super Bowl. Central also is home to the MA-O11 Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC)wing.


  1. ^ http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/profiles/student.aspx?orgcode=02810500&orgtypecode=6&
  2. ^ http://www.sps.springfield.ma.us/schoolsites/central/About/index.html
  3. ^ "Classical High School, Springfield, Massachusetts". clockhistory.com. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ Massachusetts School Building Authority Statement of Interest, July 24, 2007, p. 2. "On September 3, 1986 Springfield Central High School opened its doors at 1840 Roosevelt Avenue. Several years of public debate preceded this event. Springfield Central combines the student populations of Classical and Technical High Schools which closed in June, 1986."
  5. ^ Shepard, Dwight (November 7, 2008). "School uniforms changing attitudes". The Springfield Republican. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  6. ^ Belanger, Kyle (September 11, 2009). "Central High to retire Travis Best's jersey No. 3". Springfield Republican. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Fall Festival of Shakespeare". Shakespeare and Company Fall Festival. Retrieved 23 January 2017.