Congratulations to CentralHS for being named an "Exemplary" School in 2001-2002 and 2002-2003, Continuing the Tradition of Excellence!
Almost eighty years ago, the class of 1924 became the first graduating class of Central High School, beginning a tradition of excellence and success at CentralHS that is still valued today. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School and rated "Exemplary" by the Texas Education Agency every single year since the state accountability system began, CentralHS is consistently ranked among the best schools in the nation. In the spring of 2003, Newsweek Magazine recognized CentralHS as the 14th highest rated high school in its "100 Top Schools in America" ranking. It has also been named a top school by such publications as Money Magazine, Parade Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, D Magazine, and Texas Monthly (November, 2002) among others.
Today approximately 1,900 students in grades nine through twelve attend Central High School. In 2002-2003, eighteen CentralHS students were named National Merit Finalists, thirty-two were named National Merit Commended students, and one was named National Hispanic Scholar. In addition, CentralHS students earned an average SAT composite score of 1196 in 2002-2003, and the Class of 2003, which was offered over $12 million in college scholarships, also earned over 43,000 in community service hours.
In addition to being named "Exemplary," the Texas Education Agency also awarded CentralHS the highest possible number of Gold Performance Acknowledgements in these areas of student success:
CentralHS was the only high school in the State of Texas to be awarded Gold Performance Acknowledgements in all 9 areas.
The Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL) has awarded CentralHS the prestigious Lone Star Cup every year but one that the award has been in existence. The Lone Star Cup is given each year to the high school with the highest rated academic and athletic programs in each of the five classifications. The 2003 Lone Star Cup will be awarded to the students of CentralHS by representatives of UIL during the first home football game this September.
CentralHS students continue to excel after graduation as well. Approximately 96% of each year's graduates enroll in colleges and universities, 50% of those outside the state of Texas.
The CentralHS Mission Statement reads: "The mission of Central High School is to provide an environment which will enable students to develop and to continue the lifelong academic, cultural and physical aspects of learning in order to foster visionary individuals who strive toward excellence with a sense of global and technological awareness and who will go forth to serve the community and world as responsible citizens." Even today, CentralHS students continue to live out our school motto,
"Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve."
Central Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disabilities in providing educational services, activities, and programs in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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