Centerville High School is a public school of secondary education for grades 9–12 located in Centerville, Ohio, situated ten miles south of Dayton. It is the only high school in the Centerville City School District, which also includes three middle schools, six elementary schools, and two K–1 schools, or "primary villages." The district serves all of the city of Centerville and Washington Township, as well as property parcels in the city of Kettering near the Moraine Country Club. Centerville High School has the third highest student population in Ohio.
In 1885, the Washington Township High School was built at 101 West Franklin Street. The first class graduated in 1890. In 1924, the Magsig building was built as a centralized school (grades 1-12). Washington Township High School became a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools in 1951. In April 1955, the Central Unit of what is now Cline Elementary School was opened and junior high and the three-year high school were moved there. Kindergarten was added at Magsig. The name of the high school officially became Centerville High School in 1963. In 1966, CHS became a four-year high school with classes split by department between Magsig and Cline (then known as the South building) and students walking back and forth between classes. Tower Heights Middle School and Hithergreen Middle School were built for grades 6–8 in 1966. Hadley Watts Middle School became the third middle school in 1969. In 1973, the first part of the present-day high school was completed, becoming the East Unit in addition to the Magsig and South Units.
In 1975–76, the entire high school was finally taught inside the current building with Central, East, and West units. Magsig was changed to a middle school, and the old South was changed to W.O. Cline Elementary School. The stadium and athletic fields were built behind the high school in 1979 and the auxiliary gym, as well as the new South Unit in 1980. In 1982, Hithergreen Middle School and Village South Elementary School were closed. Hithergreen is now a retirement home, but in 1991, Village South was reopened as Centerville Kindergarten Village. During the 1999–2000 school year, the Athletic Entrance, Athletic Office, and weight room were completed.
In May 2005, voters in Centerville/Washington Township supported a $4.4 million operating levy and a $2.5 million bond issue designed to compensate for a predicted district enrollment increase to 9000 students. Part of this levy includes a new addition to the front. The addition, completed over the summer, includes 9 new chemistry and physics classrooms and 3 new labs, a new main entrance, additional classroom space, and improved cafeteria commons areas. This addition is now finished and used daily by the students. The new cafeteria areas provide several booths to students and less space for the lunch line area. A new 1200-seat auditorium with state-of-the-art acoustics is slated for completion in December 2007.
Some courses are also offered online for students. These courses give the same credit as its normal counter-part. The school requires at least 15 hours of face-to-face meetings between the students and the instructors. The 2007-2008 web courses offer 4 English courses, Digital Art and Design (formerly Multimedia Design), Latin I/II, Geometry and Algebra, 2 types of biology, and 4 social studies classes.
In addition to student musical and theatrical performances, the Performing Arts Center is also rented out to various groups. Some notable performers who have performed at the venue are Doyle Lawson, The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, World Renowned Jon Petz, Udit & Aditya Naryan, and Indian Idol’s Aditi Paul.
Along with the new theatre come new classes. In the 2007–2008 school year, CHS offered Acting I and II, Technical Theatre I and II, and various levels of Dance. The 2008–2009 school year will combine the entry level classes into Theatre I and Theatre II. Advanced classes are offered with the new Technical Theatre Tech Prep class and Honors Advanced Acting and Directing. The two advanced classes will put on an entirely student produced show near the end of the year along with Extreme Theatre, A night of one acts, and childrens play.
The school's band program consists of the Centerville Jazz Band, the Winter Guard and Winter Percussion, the Jazz Ensembles (Jazz I, Jazz II, and Jazz III), the Basketball Pep Band (BBPB), Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and the Concert Band. The Centerville Jazz Band has competed in several of the Bands of America regional and national competitions since 1990, winning the Grand National competition in 1992. The Winter Percussion Ensemble won the Scholastic World Gold Medal at the Winterguard International World Championships in 2004, finishing 2nd in 2005. In 2006, Centerville was the only high school to produce two finalist lines, the World Line (5th, Scholastic World) and the A-Line (10th, Scholastic A). The Jazz is the subject of a film documentary From the 50 Yard Line.
The orchestra program at CHS consists of its Symphonic Orchestra, as well as the Concert Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra (Quartet), and an Alternative Strings program (which plays bluegrass, jazz, and electronic music). The prestigious Centerville High School Symphonic Orchestra ranks as one of the best nationwide. In 2002, the Symphonic Orchestra competed at the American String Teachers Association National Competition and placed fourth, and four years later, in 2006, tied for second in its division at the same competition. In addition, the Symphonic Orchestra has received the highest rating of Superior in all areas at the Ohio Music Education Association String Orchestra Adjudication for five years consecutively, starting in 2001.
Centerville High School also has three choirs, known as Concert choir, Elktonians and Forte. Forte was added in the 2007–2008 school year. The choirs have sung at a variety of venues.
Centerville's Science Olympiad team has made it to the state tournament every year since its creation in 1985, and has qualified for the national tournament for 18 out of its 21 years. The team has also been the reigning state champion for six consecutive years, and in 2007 placed second in the nation. At the 2005 state competition, the team set a state record for best team score, placing first with only 78 points.
Beginning in the 2007–2008 school year, Centerville High School will initiate a chapter of the National Art Honor Society. The mission of the National Art Honor Society is to recognize the academically and artistically successful student through service, leadership and extracurricular opportunities within the community.
The boys' volleyball team has won 3 state championships (1994, 2001, 2002) as members of the Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Association.
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