Omaha Central High School
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Omaha High School
|Architect:||John Latenser, Sr.|
|Architectural style:||Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Other|
|Governing body:||Omaha Public Schools|
|Added to NRHP:||October 11, 1979|
Omaha Central High School, originally known as Omaha High School, is a fully accredited public high school located in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. Omaha Central is one of many public high schools located within Omaha. The school colors are purple and white. Athletic teams are known as the "Eagles".
With an enrollment of around 2,500 students, today Central High School is the largest school in the state. Central is a four-year high school with a traditional college preparatory curriculum, an honors and advanced placement program, and a diverse student body which includes international students from all over the world. Co-curricular activities such as athletics, clubs, honor societies, student government, drama, art, musical groups, speech, and debate are offered. The high school's newspaper is known as The Register. In 1986 Quill and Scroll, officially declared The Register the oldest continuously published newspaper west of the Mississippi. As of the 2012-2013 school year, Central High School is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme World School. Notable alumni include two Nobel Prize recipients, politicians, professional athletes, entertainers, and a Medal of Honor recipient.
The extracurricular activities offered at Omaha Central High School are numerous and diverse due to the school's large size. The Eagles compete in Class A, the largest classification in Nebraska according to the Nebraska School Activities Association. Throughout its history, Omaha Central has won numerous state championships in various sports. Many graduates have gone on to participate in collegiate athletics. The football and soccer teams compete at Seeman Stadium located on campus. The boys and girls basketball games and volleyball matches are played at the Central High gymnasium. The baseball and softball teams compete at Boyd Stadium, a renovated park three miles northeast of the campus.
In 2007, the Eagles became the only high school in Nebraska to have won championships in three main sports in the same calendar year. As a result, Central was ranked by Sports Illustrated as one of the top 10 high-school athletic programs in the country.
Central's football program has sometimes been referred to as "I-Back High" for the level of running backs the football program has produced. Notable I-backs in Central history include Gale Sayers, Ahman Green, Damion Morrow, David Horne, Keith "Endzone" Jones, and Calvin Jones.
|Season||Sport||Number of Championships||Year|
|Cross Country, Boys||2||1965, 1972|
|Tennis, Boys||4||1967, 1968, 1969, 1985|
|Winter||Wrestling||12||1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1954, 1955|
|Basketball, Boys||10||1912, 1974, 1975, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013|
|Basketball, Girls||3||1983, 1984, 2012|
|Golf, Boys||5||1929, 1930, 1936, 1951, 1956|
|Track and Field, Boys||21||1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1922, 1924, 1945, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1982, 1983, 1989, 2007, 2010, 2011|
|Track and Field, Girls||11||1974, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990|
Newspaper and media
The high school's newspaper is known as The Register. In 1986 Quill and Scroll, officially declared The Register the oldest continuously published newspaper west of the Mississippi. After running a controversial story in 2001, the staff and the paper was rebuked by the administration. The story reported on a football player continuing to play, despite 2 assault charges. The charges, as stated in the school's handbook, should have led to a dismissal from the team. After running the story, the paper was threatened with being shut down. The school advisor received support from media outlets on the local and national level. This support stopped the paper from being shut down.
The staff of Central's student newspaper, were awarded the Student Press Review's Edmund J. Sullivan Award in 2002 after they wrote a series of articles exposing several controversial topics throughout the school. After administration had again threatened the paper with closure, the students won reprieve through the support of professional journalists across the country.
Central has had youth-led media for some years. Starting in 1923, the school had a high school radio station for five years. First, KFCZ operated during the 1923–1924 school year. In 1925 the call letters changed to KOCH, and the Central High School Radio Club presented shows throughout the school day and special events on the weekends. The station was ordered discontinued by the Federal Communications Commission in 1928, as they devalued the purpose of school-affiliated radio stations and rescinded their licenses across the United States.
Central also had, starting in 1969, a student run radio station KIOS-FM (91.5 MHz) which operated during the 1969–1973 school years. In 1973 the radio station was moved to Benson High School and then later to the old Tech High location where it is still in operation. KIOS-FM (91.5 MHz) is a National Public Radio member station in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, owned and operated by Omaha Public Schools.
The Military Science program at Omaha Central High School predates the JROTC program. It began in the 1892–1893 school year. It became the most popular activity at the school. At one point, all male students were required to participate.
- Henry Fonda, Academy Award-winning actor
- Dorothy McGuire, Academy Award-nominated actress
- Wynonie Harris, American Rhythm & Blues singer with 15 top 10 hits
- Charlie T. Munger, billionaire investor & Warren Buffett partner
- Gale Sayers, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back immortalized in the movie, Brian's Song
- Brandon Williams, NFL cornerback from 2003–2008
- Ahman Green, NFL Pro Bowl running back, most prominently with the Green Bay Packers, currently with the Omaha Nighthawks
- Keith Jones, NFL running back
- Larry Station, NFL linebacker and collegiate All-American, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009
- Alan J. Heeger 2000 Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry
- Lawrence R. Klein 1980 Nobel Prize winner in Economic Science
- Kimera Bartee, Former MLB player (Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds, Colorado Rockies)
- Saul A. Kripke, American philosopher & Princeton University professor
- Jarvis Offutt, American WWI aviator, namesake of Offutt Air Force Base
- Brenda Council, long-time North Omaha city councilwoman
- Terry Goodkind, author
- Edward Zorinsky, former Omaha mayor and Nebraska senator
- Jed Ortmeyer, NHL player, former University of Michigan standout and current Nashville Predator player
- Pat Venditte, Minor League Baseball pitcher currently signed to the Tampa Yankees; also signed to the New York Yankees
- James W. Fous, Vietnam War veteran; recipient of the Medal of Honor award
- Gerry Thomas, inventor of the TV dinner in 1952
- Peter Kiewit, founder of the Kiewit Corporation, one of the world's largest construction companies
- Peter Hoagland, politician who represented the 2nd Congressional District of Nebraska in the United States House of Representatives
- Kenneth C. Stephan, justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court appointed by Senator Ben Nelson in 1997
- William Marshall Roark, Lieutenant; killed in Vietnam
- Harold Cooperman, founder of No Frills Supermarkets
- Susan Alice Buffett, daughter of Warren Buffett; philanthropist
- Susan Thompson Buffett, mother of Susie Buffett, former wife of Warren Buffett; former president of the Buffett Foundation
- Peter Buffett, son of Susan and Warren Buffett; musician
- Inga Swenson, award-winning actress
- Calvin Jones, halfback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1990–1993, part of the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl XXXI championship team
- Jason Brilz, MMA fighter
- Jay Milder, expressionist painter
- Shaun Prater, Class of 2008, drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2012 NFL Draft
- Aaron Marcus, Princeton University graduate, computer graphics designer
The list of principals of Omaha High School/Central dates from 1870 to present.
- John Kellom, 1870–1875
- W. H. Merritt, 1875–1877
- C. H. Crawford, 1877–1881
- Charles Hine, 1881–1882
- Homer Lewis, 1882–1896
- Irwen Leviston, 1896–1899
- A. H. Waterhouse, 1899–1908
- E. U. Graff, 1908–1911
- Kate McHugh, 1911–1914
- Clayton Reed, 1914–1915
- Joseph G. Masters, 1915–1939
- Fred Hill, 1939–1944
- J. Arthur Nelson, 1944–1968
- Gaylord “Doc” Moller, 1968–1995
- Gary L. Thompson, 1995–2002
- Jerry F. Bexten, 2002–2006
- Gregory Emmel, 2006–2010
- Keith Bigsby, 2010-
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- "Sports Illustrated Ranks Omaha Central No. 10 High School Program" (English). http://www.kptm.com/global/story.asp?s=8354167. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
- "Generation "C"" (English). http://www.chsfomaha.org/support/generation-qcq. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
- "Omaha Central" (English). http://www.bighuskerfan.com/smf/index.php?action=printpage;topic=47483.0. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
- "Nebraska School Activities Association" (English). http://nsaahome.org/tr.php. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
- (2003) Edmund J. Sullivan Award to two newspaper staffs Student Press Review. Retrieved 2007-05-16.
- Wynn, C. (2002) Threat of censorship has chilling effect: High school journalists try to continue work after clash with administration. The Quill. Retrieved 2007-05-16.
- Frost, S., Frost, E. (1977) Education's Own Stations: The History of Broadcast Licenses Issued to Educational Institutions. National Advisory Council on Radio in Education Committee on Research. pp299-300.
- History of Central High, Central High Traditions, Military
- (2006) Annual Report. Central High School Foundation. Retrieved 2007-05-16.
- Omaha Central High School Home Page
- Central High School Foundation
- Central High School-Class Reunion Websites at Classreport.org
- Historical photo of the school (see upper right-hand corner.)