Westerville Central High School
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|Westerville Central High School|
7118 Mount Royal Avenue
|Type||Public, Coeducational high school|
|School district||Westerville City School District|
|Color(s)||Silver and Black |
|Athletics conference||Ohio Capital Conference|
Westerville Central High School is a public high school located in Westerville, Ohio, northeast of Columbus. It is the newest of three high schools in the Westerville City School District: it opened in the fall of 2003. It is located north of Westerville North High School.
Westerville experienced a population boom in the late 1990s, particularly in Genoa Township in the northern part of the school district. In order to keep up with the growth, the district announced that it would build two new elementary schools and a third high school. Westerville was the second Greater Columbus school district to build a third high school. The district asked taxpayers to pay for part for the new buildings. Central cost the district $40 million, but voters turned the district down. Eventually, the district secured the funds and Central opened in August 2003. Students had the opportunity to select the school mascot and colors. The winning nickname was the Warhawks. The colors chosen were Black and Silver.
Construction began on Central in 2002. The district hired Firestone Jaros Mullin, Inc./TMP Architecture to execute the project after declaring its proposal the best of those offered. The school features numerous facilities, including seven athletic fields, a 5,000-seat stadium, an 1800-seat gymnasium, and a state-of-the-art 750-seat auditorium/theatre. The school design called for four distinct academic "wings" for focus on individual subjects. Each "academy" is marked by color; there are red, yellow, blue, and green wings. Central's centerpiece is its common area, traditionally referred to as Central Avenue. It serves as the school's dining area, is the point that connects all wings of the school, and also is the site for many school functions. It is meant to resemble Westerville's historic business district, Uptown Westerville, with a design that includes storefronts, signs, and lampposts. For its design, the school design earned the designation of "2004 Outstanding Design Award" from American School and University magazine.
Central opened its doors to students in the fall of 2003, enrolling only freshmen and sophomores. Central added a third class in the 2004-05 school year and had its first senior class in the 2005-06 school year. The school has approximately 1,600 students. In every year since its opening, the school has earned the designation of "Excellent" by the Ohio Department of Education on its annual report card, the highest possible distinction.
In the spring of 2007, Principal Todd Meyer announced that he would be leaving his position at Central to become the principal at Olentangy Orange High School, a new high school in the Olentangy Local School District set to open in 2008. Todd Spinner was chosen to be the new principal after an extensive search. Spinner had been the assistant principal at Delaware Hayes High School.
After ten years at Central (2017), Spinner announced he would be leaving the school to become the principal at Olentangy Berlin High School, the newest high school in the Olentangy Local School District. Thomas Lanier was chosen to be the newest principal of Westerville Central starting in the 2017/18 school year after previously being an assistant at Pickerington High School North.
The school has crosstown rivalries with Westerville North and Westerville South. The three schools found themselves in the same division in the Ohio Capital Conference starting in 2008. The Warhawks are also rivals with the Big Walnut Eagles in football, with the two teams competing in the "Battle of the Birds" for the "WarEagle Trophy."
OHSAA State Championships
- Boys Bowling - 2017
- OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2010-02-17.
- "Westerville Central High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 7, 2019.