Memphis Schools

Central High

PUBLIC Optional

  • Grades Served: 9 – 12
  • District: Shelby County Schools
  • State Designation: Reward School
  • 1605 Students
  • Theme: College Preparatory and Health Sciences
  • Languages Offered: French, Spanish, Latin, Russian
  • School Day: 7:15am – 2:15pm
  • Opened in 1909
  • A state reward school this year (in the top 5% of the entire state in academic gains)
  • Had more Academic All Stars from the Commercial Appeal than any other Shelby County School in 2013-2014
  • Tremendous racial and socio-economic diversity in the student population.
  • Choir and the marching band receive superior ratings on a regular basis. Orchestra program is one of the largest in the county.
  • Every club in our building has a service component. Students must reach certain community service hours to remain in the club.
  • Extracurriculars: Athletics: Football, Baseball, Softball, Girls and Boys Basketball, Volleyball, Girls and Boys Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Rugby, Golf, Bowling, Track, Cross Country, Ultimate Frisbee, Cheer-leading, Pom Squad. Fine Arts: Visual Art 1-4 Honors, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble Band, Concert Band, Percussion Band, Women's and Men's Ensemble Choir, Jazz Choir, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Orchestra, Theater. Clubs and Activities: Mock Trial, Knowledge Bowl, 'The Warrior' Yearbook, Student Council, Bridge Builders, Memphis Challenge, REACH, Model United Nations, Debate, Key, International, Green, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, World Language, National English Honor Society, Wordsmith, Spanish Honor Society, Lenses, FCCLA, Science Olympiad, FBLA, Student Leadership Group, Engineering, AJ ROTC, Practical Law
  • Special Education: Inclusion class, functional skills class
  • Parent Involvement: Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)
  • Tours: Call Ms. Kimberly Gray at 416-5004 for shadowing or Amy Epps at 416-8414 for touring.
  • Offers 18 AP Classes

Enrollment Info

  • Students must be zoned to school or apply for transfer through Optional Process. See SCS Optional website for more details.
  • Application Requirements: For 2017-18 Optional attendance - applicants must score at or above the 70th percentile on the MAP, TCAP, ACT, PSAT, or SAT within one year of application; have a semester average of 3.0 with no grade below a C; have satisfactory conduct and attendance; enroll in required Honors courses each semester. Applicants for 11th grade must submit a high school transcript.
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  • Somewhat Diverse Economically77% of students are Economically Disadvantaged
  • Lacks Racial Diversity


55% 0.2% In 2015, 55% of students tested Proficient or Above
18.1 In 2016, the Average ACT Score for students was 18.1
86.8% In 2016, the Graduation Rate for seniors was 86.8%
5 In 2015, the TVAAS Growth Score showed more than expected growth

Why are we still showing 2015 scores? Learn more in our Beware of 2016 Test Scores post. Visit the TN State Report Card for available 2016 scores.

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Reviews (2)

  • Great ExperienceParent 01/29/2016
    Our daughter is having a great academic, social and extra curricular experience at Central. As her parents, we are pleased with the AP courses, the quality of the teaching and direction she receives. We also have confidence in the administrative team, they run a tight ship and take every opportunity to reiterate what is expected of the students both on campus and when they are out in the community representing the school. Any parent looking for a quality public high school experience for their young person would do well by them to consider Memphis Central.
  • Challenging and enrichingParent 01/25/2016
    Both of our sons graduated from Central, one in 2002, one in 2012. Both earned scholarships to excellent private colleges. Both had excellent teachers, administrators and classmates. It's a school where your child will learn how to think (great AP and honors options) and live in the real world (100% diversity).
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