Manchester Central High School

Manchester Central High School
Manchester Central High School
Central High School's Shield
Respice, Adspice, Prospice
(Look Towards the Past, Present, and Future)
Manchester, NH,  United States
Type Public high school
Established March 30, 1846
Staff 159
Number of students 2,500
Campus Urban
Nickname Little Green (unofficial)

Coordinates: 42°59′36″N 71°27′17″W / 42.99333°N 71.45472°W / 42.99333; -71.45472

Bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln by John Rogers in front of the Burns Building at Central High School.

Manchester High School Central is the oldest public high school in the state of New Hampshire. Located in the heart of Manchester, New Hampshire, over 2,400 students attend from communities such as Auburn, Candia, Hooksett, and Manchester. The name was changed from Manchester High School in 1922 when Manchester West High School opened. Including Central, Manchester has a total of three public high schools.

Its athletics teams are nicknamed the Little Green (after Dartmouth's Big Green), and predictably, the school colors are green and white. Sports Illustrated named the school's athletic department as the best in the state of New Hampshire in 2005.[1]

The school originally had crimson red as its school color, but Concord High School had taken the color soon after. After the turn of the century, the two schools decided that the winner of a league championship would keep its colors; Concord won, and Manchester Central chose forest green as its new color.

John Rist, the school's most recent principal, retired in June, 2011. As of July, 2011, a replacement principal had not been hired.

Central High School's student newspaper The Little Green is a highly respected publication. The Little Green was commended by Columbia Scholastic Press and featured in the Manchester Daily Express as well as the New Hampshire Union Leader.[2]


Diversity at Central

Manchester Central High School prides itself on its diverse student population. On a daily basis, Central's faculty teaches students from sixty different countries who speak thirty different languages.[3] New Hampshire Public Radio was so intrigued by the wide array of student backgrounds at Central that it decided to compose a project entitled "Culture Lessons" in 2006. The project's objective was to dive into the core of "a school with a very diverse population in a very homogeneous state".[4]

Notable alumni


The school is rich in academics. There are fifteen departments, all of which boast a multitude of classes. The departments are:

  • Art
  • Business
  • Family and Consumer Science
  • English
  • English Language Learners
  • Extended Learning Opportunities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical-Health Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Special Education
  • World Languages

Unfortunately, recent legislation has been enacted to make the three Manchester high schools the same. This would rob Central of some of its academic diversity. Central stands the most to lose, as it offers some classes which the other Manchester schools do not offer.


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