Centennial High School (Champaign, Illinois)

Centennial High School
913 S Crescent Dr
Champaign, Illinois, Champaign County 61821
School type public high school
Opened 1966
School district Champaign Community Unit School District #4
Superintendent Dr. Robert Malito
Dean D'Andre Weaver, Charles Neitzel and Angela Schoonover
Principal Greg Johnson
Faculty 164
Teaching staff 89[1]
Grades 912
Number of students 1517 (2006)
  Grade 9 420[1]
  Grade 10 381[1]
  Grade 11 356[1]
  Grade 12 360[1]
Average class size 20.7
Student to teacher ratio 16:1
Hours in school day 8:10am – 3:18pm
Color(s) Columbia Blue, Navy, White
Athletics conference Illinois High School Association
Mascot Charger
(knight seated on a horse)
Rival Central High School
Average ACT scores 22 (2007)
Newspaper The Centinal
Website School website

Centennial High School is a public high school serving grades 9-12 in Champaign, Illinois, USA. It is part of Champaign Unit 4 School District. As of 2006, it had 1517 students. The principal is currently Greg Johnson. The school is located next to Jefferson Middle School and Centennial Park.


The school offers a variety of courses, including AP courses in Macroeconomics, English, Calculus AB or BC, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, US History, American Government, and Statistics. In addition, many consumer science and industrial technology courses are offered. The school also offers a Young Adult Program for students 18–21 years of age, which is based at Parkland College.[2] The student-teacher ratio is 16:1, average for the state.[3]


The school's student composition includes 26.7% low-income students. 0.7% of student are of limited English proficiency. There is a high school dropout rate of 1.8%. The ethnic background of students includes 59.5% White, 28.7% African-American, 3.2% Hispanic, 8.2% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 0.4% Native American.[2]

Extracurricular activities


Centennial competes in interscholastic sports in the Big Twelve Conference (Illinois) of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA).[2]

Fall sports

  • Boys cross-country
  • Girls cross-country
  • Football
  • Boys golf
  • Girls golf
  • Boys soccer
  • Girls tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Marching Band

Winter sports

  • Boys basketball
  • Girls basketball
  • Gymnastics
  • Boys swimming and diving
  • Girls swimming and diving
  • Wrestling

Spring sports

  • Baseball
  • Girls soccer
  • Lacrosse
  • Softball
  • Boys tennis
  • Boys track and field
  • Girls track and field
  • Boys Lacrosse

The girls tennis team won consecutive Illinois state championships in 1995 and 1996.[4]

The school's basketball team also won their first state championship game in 2009, beating Oswego 61-59. They had a repeat appearance to the state championships in 2010, taking 4th place overall.

Clubs and organizations

In 2011, Centennial High School hosted the inaugural Central Illinois History Bee and Bowl, a history quiz tournament which a team from Centennial also won.


In 2006, the school was named as one of the top 50 high schools in Illinois, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. In 2006, students' ACT scores exceeded both the state and national averages by about 2 points.[3] In 2007, the school's scores on the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) Reading and Math tests exceeded the state averages, with around 60-65% of students meeting or exceeding state standards. Currently, the school is not making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).[3]

Notable alumni


Coordinates: 40°06′21″N 88°16′55″W / 40.105863°N 88.282081°W / 40.105863; -88.282081

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