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About The Digest

Central High School, located on Highway 58 north of downtown Chattanooga, is entering its 113th year during the 2020-21 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.

Central is honored to say we are the first school in the entire southeast to have a JROTC Battalion and the winners of nearly a dozen 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, its 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.

The Central Digest has placed 2nd place Best Overall Website from the Tennessee High School Press Association three times. In 2017, the Digest was named a School Newspapers Online (SNO) National Website of Distinction, becoming the first publication in Tennessee to receive the honor. The Digest received the Distinction yet again in 2018, 2019, and in 2020, among just over two dozen other publications in the nation. In 2019 it was rewarded Superior rank overall in the Southern Interscholastic Press Association (SIPA).

For the 2020-21 school year, the staff boasts of 16 staff members and meets for fifth block 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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