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Central High School
Central High School (Knoxville, Tennessee) logo.png
5321 Jacksboro PK

Tennessee 37918

United States
TypePublic secondary
PrincipalAndrew Brown
Teaching staff76.70 (FTE)[1]
Number of students1,219 (2019-20)[1]
Student to teacher ratio15.89[1]
Color(s)Red and black    

Central High School is a public high school located at 5321 Jacksboro Pike in the Fountain City neighborhood of Knoxville, Tennessee, operated by the Knox County school system. The school's athletic teams are nicknamed the Bobcats, and its colors are red and black.


Central was formerly located at what is now Gresham Middle School in the heart of Fountain City, which, in the 1960s, was the largest unincorporated community in Tennessee. Its name is something of a misnomer, because it was never located near the center of Knoxville, even when Fountain City was annexed into Knoxville in the early 1960s. The northernmost high school in Knoxville before the annexation of Fountain City was Fulton, and in the county, Powell, Karns, and Halls high schools were farther north.

2008 shooting

On August 21, 2008, 15-year-old student Jamar Siler entered the school cafeteria and approached student Ryan McDonald sitting at a lunch table. Siler fatally shot McDonald, and was arrested by authorities a short time later. The two had been in previous altercations, the details of which were not released to the general public. Siler was then taken into custody.

Siler was initially tried as a juvenile until Tim Irwin, Juvenile Court judge, ordered that he be tried as an adult.[2] In November 2011, at age 18, Siler pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and received a 30-year sentence.[2][3] Siler is currently incarcerated in the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center.[4]

Notable alumni

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  1. ^ a b c "Central High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ Archived coverage of the shooting on Thursday, August 21, 2008, at Central High School, Knoxville News Sentinel
  4. ^ "Search Results - Tennessee Felony Offender Information".
  5. ^ "Tony Cosey," USA Track and Field. Retrieved: 11 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Representative Michele Carringer". Nashville: Tennessee General Assembly. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  7. ^ "Graves, Ray « Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame".
  8. ^ "Sevier County - Entries - Tennessee Encyclopedia".
  9. ^ Dunlap, Darren (September 27, 2008), "Lighting designer takes center stage: Tipton, former Knoxvillian, wins a MacArthur Fellowship", Knoxville News Sentinel

Coordinates: 36°02′27″N 83°55′33″W / 36.04083°N 83.92583°W / 36.04083; -83.92583