Springfield Central High School

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Springfield Central High School
1840 Roosevelt Avenue

Western Massachusetts


United States
Coordinates42°07′52″N 72°32′48″W / 42.1312°N 72.5468°W / 42.1312; -72.5468Coordinates: 42°07′52″N 72°32′48″W / 42.1312°N 72.5468°W / 42.1312; -72.5468
School typePublic
Established1898; 123 years ago (1898)
School districtSpringfield Public Schools
CEEB code222030
PrincipalThaddeus Tokarz
Teaching staff146.10 (FTE)[1]
Age range13–19
Number of students2,104 (2018–19)[1]
Average class size18–25
Student to teacher ratio14.40[1]
Hours in school day7:35 A.M. - 2:20 P.M.
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)Black and Gold   
SloganHome of Scholars and Champions
AthleticsMIAA - Division 1 West
Athletics conferenceAA League
MascotGolden Eagles
NewspaperThe Talon

Springfield Central High School (SCHS) is a public high school located in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States. The high school is for students in grades 9–12. With an enrollment of more than 2,000 students, Springfield Central High School describes itself as the largest high school in western Massachusetts.[2]


Springfield Central High School opened in 1898.[3] The school added a junior high school in 1922 and in 1936 became Classical High School. Merging two existing schools from other campuses, Classical High and Technical High, the current campus of Springfield Central High School opened on September 3, 1986.[4]

In 2008, the Springfield Public Schools created a mandatory district-wide uniform policy.[5]

In 2010, Springfield Central retired jersey number 3 previously worn by basketball player Travis Best, who was a Parade magazine All-American and later played professionally in the NBA and internationally from 1995 to 2009.[6]


Springfield Central partners with Shakespeare & Company (Massachusetts) every year, participating in the annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare, which brings more than 500 high school students together each year for a nine-week, collaborative, non-competitive, celebratory exploration and production of multiple Shakespeare plays.[7]


  • Fall
    • Soccer
    • Volleyball (Girls)
    • Football (Boys)
    • Golf (Boys)
    • Cross Country
    • Cheer
  • Winter
    • Basketball
    • Swimming
    • Indoor Track
    • Wrestling
    • Cheer
  • Spring
    • Baseball (Boys)
    • Softball (Girls)
    • Tennis
    • Track and Field
    • Volleyball (Boys)
    • Lacrosse (Boys)
    • Lacrosse (Girls)

The 2012 boys basketball team won the state championship and the football team won the 2012 Western Mass Super Bowl.[citation needed] Central also is home to the MA-O11 Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC)wing.


  1. ^ a b c "Springfield Central High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 16, 2020.
  2. ^ http://www.sps.springfield.ma.us/schoolsites/central/About/index.html
  3. ^ "Classical High School, Springfield, Massachusetts". clockhistory.com. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  4. ^ Massachusetts School Building Authority Statement of Interest, July 24, 2007, p. 2. "On September 3, 1986 Springfield Central High School opened its doors at 1840 Roosevelt Avenue. Several years of public debate preceded this event. Springfield Central combines the student populations of Classical and Technical High Schools which closed in June, 1986."
  5. ^ Shepard, Dwight (November 7, 2008). "School uniforms changing attitudes". The Springfield Republican. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  6. ^ Belanger, Kyle (September 11, 2009). "Central High to retire Travis Best's jersey No. 3". Springfield Republican. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  7. ^ "Fall Festival of Shakespeare". Shakespeare and Company Fall Festival. Retrieved 23 January 2017.