Kalamazoo Central History.
Here are a few noteworthy historical dates and events related to KCHS.
Kalamazoo Village Trustees purchase five acres of land on which the old Central building now stands.
First day of public high school in Kalamazoo. Daniel Putnam was hired as superintendent of Kalamazoo Public Schools and principal of the high school.
First Board of Education in Kalamazoo elected.
First high school class graduated eight seniors, five men and three women.
First all female graduating class of three women.
An earthquake occurred; damage to the high school was questioned.
Circuit Judge Charles R. Brown ruled against taxpayer Charles E. Stuart in the controversial case regarding the use of public funds for maintenance of a high school. Michigan Supreme court upheld Judge Brown's decision that same year, better known as the "Kalamazoo Case."
Only all-male graduating class in the high school's history included two men.
The "Old Union" building was condemned and razed.
The "New Union" was erected.
The Occident, the earliest Central High School paper of record began publication.
Mary E. Pengelly becomes the first woman to serve on the Kalamazoo Board of Education.
Athletic Association formed, selects maroon and white as their colors.
First K. C. football team was formed, 2-1-1 record for the season.
High school building destroyed by fire, school convenes at YMCA.
The new high school building opens on Lincoln's birthday.
Football team was undefeated and unscored upon through entire season. Record of 10-0-0.
Student orchestra formed.
Physical training introduced for high school girls.
Students' band formed at K.C., first high school band in Michigan.
Delphian editorials seek support for a high school library and reading room.
First Kalamazoo Central Basketball team formed.
First Dramatic Club organized.
Principal R.R.N. Gould resigns, replaced by Earl "Pa" Worth.
School lunches began.
Delphian staff allows the female students to publish its May issue in honor of the Equal Suffrage movement.
Tennis considered as a major sport at Central.
First basketball state championship.
Earl N. Worth, high school principal resigns and is replaced by Charles Fisher.
Ban on high school dances lifted.
Spanish Club is formed.
New Central building on Westnedge is dedicated.
William Head becomes principal at Central.
Central Chorus finishes in first place at state tournament.
Swimming is considered a major sport.
Cross country team shares state championship with Grand Rapids South.
Symphonic Band plays under the personal direction of John Philip Sousa.
Cross country team wins fifth state championship in past seven years.
Intramural football begins.
Basketball team wins state championship #2.
Upjohn Field is dedicated at Homecoming game.
Central celebrates its 75th anniversary.
Central closed three weeks early due to financial hardship caused by the Depression.
Delphian rated first place by the National Inter-Scholastic Press Association for the second consecutive year.
Basketball team shares third state title with Flint Northern.
Dr. Loy Norrix hired as superintendent of KPS.
Basketball team wins championship #4.
Upjohn Field is lighted giving Central its first night football games.
Central students block Westnedge Avenue with 200 tons of scrap metal for the war effort.
Curriculum changed to meet needs of students who were going to enter industry or the armed forces.
Eugene Thomas becomes principal at Central.
Cross country team wins state championship.
Future U.S. Astronaut, James A. McDivitt Jr. graduates from Central.
All-state honors awarded to the Delphian, the highest award in the state.
Basketball team wins state championship #7 for the third consecutive season. Coach Bob Quiring's team is first Class-A high school team in state history to win three state titles in a row.
Wrestling team begins interscholastic competition.
Kalamazoo Central Alumna, Pauline Byrd Taylor joined faculty at the high school. First black graduate of Kalamazoo College and first black instructor hired by KPS.
Kalamazoo Central celebrates its centennial year.
Eleanor Roosevelt returned to speak at the high school auditorium exactly 20 years after her first appearance there.
799 students graduate from Central, the largest graduating class in Central's history.
Loy Norrix High School opens.
Swimming team sets a new world's record in the backstroke relay at the Loy Norrix pool.
First foreign exchange students arrive from West Berlin.
Tennis team has undefeated season, Six-A champions.
Tennis team has second undefeated season.
Principal Eugene Thomas retires as longest serving principal in Central's history, 20 years.
U.S. Astronaut and Central graduate, James A. McDivitt Jr. is awarded his varsity letter for his successful space flight in Gemini 4, America's first "walk in space."
Outbreak of racial conflict closes Central for one week.
School Board announces it will build a new high school on Drake Road and enlarge existing Loy Norrix building.
L. Henry Goodwyn becomes the 24th principal of Kalamazoo Central.
First year of female varsity sports at Central.
Court ordered busing begins in Kalamazoo Public Schools.
Central moves to the Drake Road site. Dedication of the Eugene S. Thomas stadium.
First women's tennis State Championship in Michigan's high school sports history won by Central.
Hockey teams debut.
Varsity volleyball begins for women at KCHS.
Central's women's track team has seventh consecutive unbeaten season.
Soccer becomes a varsity sport.
Insight, the high school newspaper, won a first place award from the American Scholastic Press Association for the sixth consecutive year.
Women's track team had a 10-0 record and women's cross country team was 10-1. Women's soccer team had a 16-1 record.
The women's golf team had a perfect 30 and 0 season.
The Mock Trial Team won their fourth consecutive State Championship and represented the State of Michigan in the national competition. The team was nicknamed "The Kalamazoo Dynasty."
Central graduated its 150th class since 1863.
Dr. Joseph Payton became the 27th principal at Kalamazoo Central.
The Mock Trial Team won their eighth consecutive state championship.
Don Jackson, basketball coach retires after 27 successful years at Central.
The Women's Golf Team won the Class A State Championship.
The Women's Golf Team won the Class A State Championship for the second consecutive year.
Don Jackson received the State Coach of the Year award for men's basketball.
Victor Callahan received the State Coach of the Year award for women's golf.
Philip Wilson received the State Coach of the Year award for women's soccer.