Looking Back: ‘New Central’ Opened to Start 1969-70 School Year


Shown in the 1969 picture are Pam Bowman, Arthur Finch, and Susan McNamara.

Kendra Jones, Staff Writer

From the Central Digest Archives 

Student Body begins School Year at New Complex

August 1969

At the beginning of the 1969-1970 school year, Central became Hamilton County’s newest and most unique educational facility, which consisted of 6 units for nearly 1,000 students. The units consisted of 5 pods and the gymnasium. The first pod became known as the Administrative core, which consisted of the principal and guidance offices. The four remaining pods contained classrooms. This layout is the one Central students are familiar with today.

New Complex Brings Students Inconveniences

September 1969

The new school building solved many problems Central Students and staff were facing during previous years including falling bricks and plaster, as well as leaks in the ceiling. However, being in a new building brought new minor problems. Due to the new layout, student’s that were trying to find their classes ended up circling the hallways. Not only did they have a view of the 5 pods, they had an overall view of the whole campus within their first few weeks.

Central Students Display Heroism Fighting a Fire

January 1970

On Friday 9, 1970, a Hamilton county school bus en route to Central encountered a burning house. Around 20-25 Central students rushed into the burning house to attempt to save as many belongings as they could. The students managed to get most of the belongings out of the home, including the family’s dog, a Doberman. When news came that fire trucks were on their way, those same students reloaded the bus and continued on to school.

Drivers Education Classes Packed

March 1970

According to the class instructor, Stan Farmer, Drivers Education was one of the most popular courses offered at Central. With 12-20 students enrolled in the course, students had the opportunity for “behind the wheel” instructions. Students that wanted to take this course must have had either a learner’s permit or an operator’s license.