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The Central Digest

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About The Digest



Central High School, located on Highway 58 north of downtown Chattanooga, is entering its 109th year during the 2016-17 school year. As the first county high school with a four-year academic curriculum, Central set its standards high to create a precedent for later established Hamilton County Schools.

Not only are we the first school in the entire southeast to have a JROTC Batallion, but we also were chosen as one of five schools to institute Site-based Decision Making (academies). The academies Technology, Communications, and Business, Math, Technology, and Science, and the Fine Arts academy are known as TCB, MTS, and the Humanities academies. While establishing these academies we were also winning championships in various sport for a total of eleven state athletic championships.

In 1987, the United States Department of Education named Central a National School of Excellence, and two years later we were named one of the top Ten Great Schools in the state. From 1988 to 1991, Central served as a State approved pilot program instituting seven periods in a curriculum. In 1963, we received multiple Freedom Foundation Awards, and were also chosen as the Tennessee recipient of the prestigious 27th National Bellamy Award.

In 1910, Central High School started a school newspaper that was widely adored by students, with each page filled with school spirit and pride. However, it’s popularity eventually died down and the school newspaper was lost after many successful years of publication. With the slogan “Honor is Synonymous with Central Spirit”, the Digest was reborn in the fall of 2012.

For the 2016-17 school year, the staff boasts of 15 staff members and meets for seventh period each day. The newsroom is located in B pod, room 109.

Our adviser, Mr. Gregory Cantrell, may be reached at

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About The Digest