Centennial High School (Blaine, Minnesota)

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Centennial High School
Many Learners with One Goal: Excellence
Location
4707 North Road
Circle Pines, Minnesota 55014
Information
TypePublic high school
Established1958[1]
School districtCentennial School District
PrincipalTom Mephisto Breuning
Assistant principalsMichelle Baland
Bryan Carlson
Josh Krebs
Faculty108 (on FTE basis)[2]
Enrollment2,159 (as of 2010-11)[2]
Student to teacher ratio20.08 [2]
Color(s)Scarlet Red and White
NicknameCougars
Website
 
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Centennial High School
Many Learners with One Goal: Excellence
Location
4707 North Road
Circle Pines, Minnesota 55014
Information
TypePublic high school
Established1958[1]
School districtCentennial School District
PrincipalTom Mephisto Breuning
Assistant principalsMichelle Baland
Bryan Carlson
Josh Krebs
Faculty108 (on FTE basis)[2]
Enrollment2,159 (as of 2010-11)[2]
Student to teacher ratio20.08 [2]
Color(s)Scarlet Red and White
NicknameCougars
Website

Centennial High School is a high school in Circle Pines, Minnesota which services over 2,000 students in the 9th through 12th grade in the cities of Lexington, Blaine, Centerville, Lino Lakes and Circle Pines, as part of the Centennial School District.

The school campus is divided between two buildings: the White building and the Red building. The buildings have been renamed West building and East building. Classes go for 55 minutes each with a passing time of 8 minutes.

Included on campus are a sports arena for indoor soccer and hockey, football and track field, several baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and a swimming pool. There are two pay-parking lots for students who use their own vehicles to travel to school.

The current principal is Tom Breuning and the assistant principals are Bonnie Thoms, and Karen Allen.

As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,159 students and 108 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 20.08.[2]

Courses[edit]

Centennial offers a wide variety of courses, including Psychology, Sociology, Honors Botany, Honors Zoology, Photography, Video Production, Architectural Drafting, Interior Design, Marketing, 21st Century Law, and Commercial Graphic Design.[3]

Clubs[edit]

Clubs offered at Centennial High School include: Anime Club, Bowling, FACS, Fall Musical, FIRST Robotics Team, French Club, Freshman,Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Class Committees, German Club, Girls Lacrosse, Knowledge Bowl, Pro Eating Club, Mock Trial, Gaming Club, Literary Club, Math Team National Honor Society, Newspaper, National Forensic League, One-Act Play, Recycling Club, SADD, Spanish Club, Speech Team, Spring Play, Student Ambassador (Peer Leaders), Student Council, super mileage, World Culture Club, YMCA and Youth In Government

Activity Attendance In order to participate in a scheduled co-curricular activity, the participant is to attend all scheduled classes on that day. The student may not be truant any period. Truancy is defined as missing class or arriving to class more than 10 minutes late for unexcused reasons or leaving early without permission. In order to practice, the participant must have checked in and be in attendance by 11:00 am. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved ahead of time by the high school administration.

Activity participants must maintain at least a "C" average each quarter to remain academically eligible. Students must be making satisfactory progress in accumulating credits for high school graduation.[4]

Sports[edit]

Sports offered by the school include cheerleading,swimming, soccer, basketball, volleyball, cross country, downhill skiing, tennis, hockey, football, wrestling, baseball, lacrosse, track, softball and gymnastics. In 1995, Centennial retired their former name (Centennial Chiefs) and replaced it with the Centennial Cougars.

Dance Team[edit]

The dance team has been coached by Natalie Howlet-Albrecht for 6 years now. The winter is the competitive season for the Dance Team, with practice held Monday-Friday from 3:20−6:30. Season runs late October to late February. The team competes in high kick and jazz funk competitions and invitationals. Athletes must be free on Saturdays for some events. Competitions held for varsity and junior varsity levels. (Tryouts are held in the spring for the following year.) The team participated in the state competition in 2009, 2010, and 2012.

Boys Hockey[edit]

The 2004 boys hockey team finished the season with a 30−1−0 record, and won their first ever state championship by shutting out Academy of Holy Angels (2-0), Wayzata High School (3-0), and Moorhead High School (1−0) in the state championship in their first-ever appearance.[5][6][7] The team won their championship over Moorhead in front of a crowd of more than 17,000 at the Xcel Energy Center, home of the NHL Minnesota Wild.[8] This marked the first time a goalie (Centennial's Greg Stutz) has ever carried a shutout throughout an entire state tournament in its 60-year history, with Stutz making 53 saves on all 53 shots on goal.[9][10] Four players were named to the Class AA All-Tournament Team.[11]

Tom Gorowsky was named the 2004 Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award Winner.[12][1], Fellow teammate R.J. Anderson was a candidate for the 2005 Minnesota Mr. Hockey and was awarded Minneapolis Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year. Notable alumni -Jimmy Klein, he played 1 season for the cougars and his jersey currently hangs at the Excel Energy Center. http://www.gophersports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=38856&SPID=3322&DB_OEM_ID=8400&ATCLID=260915&Q_SEASON=2006 R.J. Anderson Bio], Gophersports.com. Accessed May 26, 2007.</ref>

The Cougars went on to state again in 2013 and lost in overtime to the Wayzata Trojans of Wayzata High School. During the game there was a shot on goal by Centennial that was deemed a no goal the pictures later showed had crossed the goal line. If it had been deemed a goal overtime would have been avoided and the Cougars would have won the game and advanced to the semi-finals.

Girl's Basketball[edit]

The girl's basketball team has been on the rise in recent years with state tournament trips. Though the team has yet to take the state title, last season they made it to the finals with a 29−3 record and placed second to Minneapolis South [13][14]

Wrestling[edit]

The Centennial wrestling has had a solid run in recent years, qualifying for the state tournament in '00−'01, '01−'02, '02−'03, ' 04−'05, '05−'06, '07−'08, and '08−'09. In 01−02, the team ousted Owatonna 30−27 [15] to reach the state finals, eventually falling to Apple Valley High School, 50−12 to take 2nd place in the state. Notable Centennial wrestling alumni include: Jared Massey (2009 Division III NCAA Champion at 197 lbs) and Tim Matheson (2009 Division II NCAA All-American at 165 lbs).

Notable Faculty[edit]

Dr. Gloria Kortmeyer - Awarded Minnesota Teacher of the Year in 1967 [16]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Charlie Kratsch (About 1990)- Charlie Kratsch, Founder and CEO, started Infinite Campus in 1993. As an innovator, Charlie knew the Internet was going to greatly impact technology, so he built Infinite Campus District Edition from the ground-up as the first fully Web-based student information system (SIS).[17]

A.J. Pettersen (2007) - Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 25th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft. Currently plays for the Beloit Snappers. [18]

Nick O'Shea (2007) - Drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 24th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft. Currently plays for the Dayton Dragons. [19]

Kye Allums (2008) - Former George Washington University basketball player who made headlines for being the first openly transgender player in NCAA history.[20]

Coordinates: 45°09′15″N 93°08′56″W / 45.1541000°N 93.1489000°W / 45.1541000; -93.1489000[21]Ryan Lyk (2009) - Two-term Chairmen of the Minnesota College Republicans and one term National Treasurer of the College Republican National Committee. [22]

Tyler Pitlick (2009) - Currently playing with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2nd round (31st overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. [23]

Chris Anderson (2010) - Was drafted in the first round of the 2013 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Currently plays for their class A affiliate, the Great Lakes Loons.

Austin Malinowski (2011) - Drafted in the 16th round of the 2011 MLB draft by the Minnesota Twins. Currently plays for their Rookie level affiliate, the Elizabethton Twins.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Centennial High School Profile 2005-06, Centennial High School. Accessed April 25, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d Centennial High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 10, 2007.
  3. ^ 2010-2011 Registration, Accessed April 27, 2010.
  4. ^ "Activities". Centennial High School. Centennial School District #12. Retrieved 05/06/2012. 
  5. ^ "Centennial downs Holy Angels in 2A", Duluth News Tribune, March 12, 2004.
  6. ^ " The State Champs of Hockey; Minnesota added to its status as the State of Hockey over the weekend, drawing a record number of fans to the boys' hockey state tournament. Which brings up a question: Which are the Schools of Hockey? Now we know. One is Breck, winner of the Class A title. One is Centennial, the Class AA champion.", Minneapolis Star-Tribune, March 14, 2004. Accessed May 25, 2007.
  7. ^ 2004 Boys' State Hockey Tournament Summary, Minnesota State High School League. Accessed May 25, 2007.
  8. ^ Rand, Michael. " Courageous Cougars; Centennial, bruised and battered, trips Moorhead for Class AA title.", Minneapolis Star-Tribune, March 14, 2004. Accessed May 25, 2007.
  9. ^ Augustoviz, Roman. "Absolutely impenetrable; Centennial's Stutz gets three shutouts", Minneapolis Star-Tribune, March 14, 2004. Accessed May 25, 2007.
  10. ^ MN boys hockey: save percent - tourney, Sports Statistics, March 14, 2007. Accessed May 25, 2007.
  11. ^ Class AA All-Tournament Team, Minnesota State High School League press release dated March 13, 2004. Accessed May 25, 2007.
  12. ^ Previous Mr. Hockey Winners, Minnesota Mr. Hockey Awards. Accessed May 25, 2007.
  13. ^ 2009 State Girls' Basketball Tournament, Mshsl.org. Accessed July 6, 2009.
  14. ^ "Women's Basketball Announces Recruiting Class", gwhatchet.com. Accessed July 6, 2009.
  15. ^ http://www.tstuff.com/2002/team023a.htm
  16. ^ http://www.educationminnesota.org/en/events/toy/alltoys.aspx
  17. ^ Kratsch, Charlie (NA). "History of Infinite Campus". Internet Source (Circle Pines, Minnesota). 
  18. ^ http://www.foxsportsnorth.com/05/12/12/Pettersen-brings-grit-to-Single-A-Twins-/landing_twins.html?blockID=727344
  19. ^ http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=605407
  20. ^ Mandell, Nina (November 2, 2010). "Kye Allums, George Washington junior, to become first openly transgender basketball player in NCAA". Daily News (New York). 
  21. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Centennial Senior High School
  22. ^ http://www.crnc.org/about/leaders/
  23. ^ http://oilers.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8475752

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