Central High School is the oldest high school in the state of Minnesota. Its many rich traditions, including academic excellence, are widely acclaimed and copied throughout the state. Founded in 1852 in downtown Saint Paul, Central has educated many leaders in business, government, literature, arts, sciences, and education throughout the state of Minnesota and the United States. Central also prides itself in having had more Rhodes Scholars than any other public high school in this country with our most recent scholar being announced in 2003. Central is a model for public education serving diverse populations.
Many Traditions, One School
Central is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota’s Capital City, which is home to 287,000 people. Central has the largest enrollment of the seven Saint Paul public high schools. Students in Saint Paul can attend any one of the seven.