North Central High School (Indianapolis)

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North Central High School
Address
1801 East 86th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46240
United States
Coordinates39°54′40″N 86°07′45″W / 39.91111°N 86.12917°W / 39.91111; -86.12917Coordinates: 39°54′40″N 86°07′45″W / 39.91111°N 86.12917°W / 39.91111; -86.12917
Information
TypePublic high school
MottoAchievement through scholarship, honesty and respect.
Established1956
LocaleLarge city
PrincipalEvans Branigan III
Grades9-12
Enrollment3,392  (2010-11)
Color(s)Red, Black and White
              
MascotPanthers
NewspaperThe Northern Lights
YearbookThe Northerner
Website
 
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North Central High School
Address
1801 East 86th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana, 46240
United States
Coordinates39°54′40″N 86°07′45″W / 39.91111°N 86.12917°W / 39.91111; -86.12917Coordinates: 39°54′40″N 86°07′45″W / 39.91111°N 86.12917°W / 39.91111; -86.12917
Information
TypePublic high school
MottoAchievement through scholarship, honesty and respect.
Established1956
LocaleLarge city
PrincipalEvans Branigan III
Grades9-12
Enrollment3,392  (2010-11)
Color(s)Red, Black and White
              
MascotPanthers
NewspaperThe Northern Lights
YearbookThe Northerner
Website

North Central High School is a public high school in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. It is part of the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township. The 2009-10 school year enrollment is 3,400 in grades 9-12. The current principal is Mr. Evans Brannigan. North Central is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school.[1]

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History

North Central was established in 1956 in response to Washington Township's rapidly growing population and the desire of residents to have a local high school. Prior to this, students from the township attended Broad Ripple and Shortridge High Schools in Indianapolis. (At this time, most of the township was outside the city limits.) In 1963 the current facility was opened, and the original building was repurposed to Northview Middle School.

In 1993 and 1994, the school suffered from two major fires set by arsonists. The second fire was especially severe, destroying several areas of the building, including the newly renovated gymnasium. All of the affected areas were rebuilt, but the arsonists were never caught.[2]

In 2004, William F. Gulde, the North Central High School Social Studies chair at the time, published a detailed history of the school titled Hopes, Dreams, and Books: The Story of North Central High School, 1956–2004.

Demographics

For the 2009-2010 school year, enrollment was 3,392 students. Of these, 42% are white, 41% are black, 9% are Hispanic, 2% are Asian, and 5% are multiracial. 32% of students qualify for free lunches and 9% qualify for reduced price lunches.[1]

Fight song

Hail our panthers hats off to thee!/ To our colors, true we will ever be./ Red! Black! White!/ United we stand!/ Working ever failing never pulling for our team together,/ panthers we think you're grand!(X2) G-R-A-N-D! NC!

The North Central fight song is based on the melody of "Minnesota Rouser", the fight song for the University of Minnesota.

Notable alumni

References