Warren Central High School (often referred to as, WCHS) is a 4-year high school in Bowling Green, Warren County, in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It is one of four high schools serving the Warren County Public Schools system.
Warren Central High School was established in 1968 with the merger of Warren County High School and Alvaton High School. The consolidated school was located at the site of Warren County High School. With the school's population rising to over 2,000 students by 1990, a new high school, Greenwood High School, was created in the district to alleviate the strain. In 1995, a nickel tax was passed that would enable for renovations of the school. The original building was built during the 1940s and additional spaces were added in the 1970s and all were showing signs of age. Over the next three years the original building was replaced and upgrades were made to the newer portions of the school. The new building opened in 1998. Since that time, the population of Warren Central has again grown to nearly 1,200 and a new high school/middle school was built in the Rich Pond area of Warren County that once again divided Warren Central and Greenwood high schools.
Warren Central High School participates in the following Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) sanctioned varsity athletics: boys' and girls' basketball, baseball, boys' and girls' cross country, football, boys' and girls' golf, boys' and girls' soccer, softball, boys' and girls' tennis, boys' and girls' track and field, and girls' volleyball.
Many of the varsity sports are a part of a rivalry with the cross-town Bowling Green High School. The varsity football team competes in KHSAA Class 5A, Region 1, District 2. The team was state runner-up in 1989 and 1990 and has won their region seven times, most recently in 2005.
The varsity boys' basketball team competes in the 14th District within the 4th Region. The team has had recent success, winning the 4th Region six straight years from 2002 through 2007, a feat that had never been accomplished in 4th Region history. The team won the KHSAA Sweet 16 state basketball championship in 2004 and finished runner-up in 2005 despite the loss of four senior starters from the state champion team. They advanced to the final four of the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years in 2007, falling to Louisville Ballard in the state semifinals. In 2010 Warren Central returned to the Sweet 16 for the first time since their six-year run ended in 2007, where they advanced to the quarterfinals. They also advanced again in 2011. They have won eleven total 14th District championships and eleven total 4th Region championships. They have additionally been 14th District runners-up eight times and 4th Region runners-up three times. 2007 alum Jeremy Anderson played in the Sweet 16 five consecutive years, only the 2nd player in the state of Kentucky to accomplish that feat.
The varsity girls' basketball team competes in the same district and region as the men's teams. The 1983 girls' team won the KHSAA state basketball championship, a culmination of many years of outstanding girls' teams. Several WCHS girls' players played their college basketball at Western Kentucky University (Clemette Haskins, Melinda Carlson), and helped Western achieve national status, playing in Women's NCAA Final 4 tournaments in the mid-1980s.
Warren Central has a variety of both academic and non-academic clubs and organizations. Some of these organizations include local chapters of national organizations like National Beta Club, National FFA Organization, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Business Leaders of America, and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.
Other organizations include the Academic Team, Afro-American History Club, Art Club, Astronomy Club, Bosnian American Club, Drama Club, French Club, Math/Computer Club, Physics Un-club, PRIDE Team, Spanish Club, Spanish Chorus, and Student Council
'Central' also has a comprehensive fine arts department with a full range of music offerings that has produced generations of musicians and teachers. Several alumni are leaders in the field in Kentucky and throughout the nation.Anthony Grundy (1995), North Carolina State basketball player and pro basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks
Chris Turner (1987), former Western Kentucky University and Major League Baseball baseball player