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Central High School (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

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Phone  +1 616-819-2310
Central High School (Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Address  421 Fountain St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, USA
District  Grand Rapids Public Schools
Similar  Union High School, Ottawa Hills High School, Catholic Central High Sch, City High Middle, Creston High School

Central High School, founded in 1911, is a public high school located at 421 Fountain Street NE in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The high school offers classes for grades 9-12. The school colors are Gold and Black and the school mascot is the Ram.



A previous school known as Grand Rapids High School was opened in 1859, and located in an old stone schoolhouse. New buildings were constructed in 1867 and 1893. A new school was constructed from 1910–1911, at a cost of USD $435,000, and opened to students on January 31, 1911. The initial class incorporated students from grades 9 through 12, and some courses that eventually evolved into Grand Rapids Community College, which was itself founded in 1914. The high school had a large auditorium, the largest in Michigan at the time that the school was built, so famous figures such as presidents Teddy Roosevelt and William Howard Taft have spoken there. In 1947, the school's football team won the state championship.

Plans are for the High School to phase out the Traditional learning in 2012, though the building will continue to be used for GR Montessori, and a School of Health, Science, and Technology. In 2013, Central High School consolidated with Creston High School, with the consolidated high school now located on the Central High School campus. Creston High School's former campus became that of City High-Middle School from that year onward.

Notable alumni

  • Terry Barr (1935-2009), football player for the Detroit Lions
  • Hugh Blacklock (1893-1954), NFL player
  • John Melville Burgess (1909-2003), diocesan bishop of Massachusetts and the first African American to head an Episcopal diocese.
  • Roger B. Chaffee (1935-1967), astronaut
  • Rex Cherryman (1896-1928), actor
  • Robert Dean (Michigan politician) (b. 1954), member of the Michigan House of Representatives
  • Arthur Carter Denison (1861-1942), federal judge
  • Clarence Ellis (b. 1950), football player for the Atlanta Falcons
  • Betty Ford (1918-2011), former First Lady, wife of President Gerald Ford
  • Arnold Gingrich (1903-1976), editor
  • Paul G. Goebel (1901-1988), mayor
  • Julius Houseman (1832-1891), politician
  • Charles Leonard (1913-2006), general
  • Buster Mathis (1943-1996), boxer
  • Thomas Francis McAllister, Federal judge
  • Gordon Scott (1926-2007), actor who portrayed Tarzan
  • Leo Sowerby (1895-1968), composer
  • Frank Steketee (1900-1951), football player for the University of Michigan Wolverines
  • Arthur Vandenberg (1884-1951), Republican senator who participated in the creation of the United Nations
  • Gilbert White (1877-1931), American painter [1]
  • Stewart Edward White (1873-1946), actor
  • Elizabeth Wilson (b. 1921), actress
  • Ralph Hauenstein (1912-2016), Chief officer of intelligence under General Eisenhower, WW2; served on Presidential Advisory Commission; American Philanthropist; Business Leader;
  • References

    Central High School (Grand Rapids, Michigan) Wikipedia

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