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Central’s history

Leonardo Contreras, Staff Writer November 27, 2023

Central High School was founded in 1907 on Dodds Avenue in Chattanooga. Central was Chattanooga's first public high school. Central's mascot is Stan The Pounder Man. Mrs. C.A. Garrett was the first music...

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: KIM VANHOOZIERS (88) INSPIRING JOURNEY FROM SIX FLAGS TO SIX TEACUPS- Kim VanHoozier pictured in her kitchen at the Six Teacups Bakery.

Alumni Spotlight: Kim VanHoozier’s (’88) Inspiring Journey from Six Flags to Six Teacups

Meryl Turner, Columnist October 18, 2022

Kim VanHoozier sees the small town of Harrison, Tennessee as her home.  She graduated from Central High School in 1988. She participated in the mixed and girls ensemble within the school choir program...

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: CLASS OF 1974 GRADUATE , BUFFY HOGE, SERVING AS ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT- Buffy pictured with two other members of the Alumni Association placing alumni recognition bricks.

Alumni Spotlight: Class of 1974 Graduate, Buffy Hoge, Serving as Alumni Association President

Isabelle Martin, Staff Writer September 28, 2022

President of the Alumni Association, Buffy Hoge, went to Central from 1970 and to 1974. Her class was the fifth to graduate from the new Central building. “When I was here, the school was so new...

ALUMNI BRICKS: MEMORIES MADE OF STONE-- The Central Alumni Association is continuing their alumni brick fundraiser event.

Alumni Bricks: Memories Made of Stone

Kaitlyn Morales, Staff Writer May 12, 2022

Central High School is lucky to have a strong network of alumni dedicated to making our school the best. That network is the Chattanooga Central Alumni and Supporters Association (CCASA). One of the many...

Cassidy On Call: Central Alumnus, Cassidy Simms (18) Helps Save Lives

Cassidy On Call: Central Alumnus, Cassidy Simms (’18) Helps Save Lives

Meryl Turner, Staff writer April 19, 2022

Cassidy Simms is a proud alumnus of Central High School. She was a Purple Pounder all four years and graduated in 2018. For the entirety of her time at Central, she was a softball player as well as a...

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: JOSHUA RAY (94) CELEBRATES HIS FIRST YEAR OF TEACHING -- Joshua Ray pictured in his senior year of high school to now.

Alumni Spotlight: Joshua Ray (’94) Celebrates His First Year of Teaching

Meryl Turner, Staff Writer February 11, 2022
Joshua Ray graduated from Central High School in 1994. Looking back on those four years, his best memory was...
JAMES BAXTER CLASS OF (77)- Central High School graduate James Baxter works in the healthcare industry

Alumni Spotlight: James Baxter (’77) Says Central Prepared Him for His Future

Amber Burchfield, Staff Writer January 27, 2022

Central class of 1977 graduate James Baxter said his time at Central High School and the activities he was involved with helped him prepare for his future. After finishing high school, Baxter left Central ...

PRODUCING THE NEWS -- Savannah Smith (17) is a producer for WVLT news in Knoxville. She was the editor of the Central Digest in 2016-17.

Former Editor-in-Chief Savannah Smith (’17) Now a Producer for WVLT-TV in Knoxville

Karleigh Schwarzl, Editor-In-Chief January 21, 2022

Savannah Smith is a graduate of the Central High School, class of 2017.  Smith was heavily involved during her four years at Central. She was a part of the concert band where she played trumpet and the...


Alumni Spotlight: Josh Sizemore (’18) Marches on with Pride of the Southland Marching Band

MacKenzie Farner, Staff Writer December 10, 2021

Central class of 2018 graduate Josh Sizemore reflects on his time at Central, the activities he was involved in, his accomplishments during his time at Central, and his steady transition into college life...

CENTRAL ALUMNI ERIC STITTS DESCRIBES THE LASTING IMPACT CENTRAL HAS ON HIS LIFE -- Eric Stitts stands in front of First Baptist Daytona Beach where he currently serves as Senior Pastor.

Central Alumni Eric Stitts Describes the Lasting Impact Central Has on His Life

Sarah Katheron Latham, Copy Editor November 24, 2021

High School is to be used as a launching pad to whatever students are called to be. This education and community helps students to reach their fullest potential and change the world.  These statements...

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