Historic Schools – Central

Central High School

Built in 1910

Originally Named: Superior High School

Location: Between Grand Ave and Weeks Ave; Between Belknap St and 14th St

location of central high school
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Superior was growing rapidly in the first decade of the 20th century. The addition to Blaine housing high school students was cramped. To help relieve the over-crowding, construction started in 1909 on a new high school on Belknap between Weeks and Grand Avenues. By moving the High School students to their own building, Blaine would have room once again for the continued student growth in the lower grades.

central high school gymnasium addition


An addition for manual arts was constructed in 1923, thanks to a legacy gift from the estate of Andrew Webster. Webster had been the President of the Webster Chair Manufacturing Company in South Superior.

This area of the building would house the school print shop, manual industrial arts, domestic sciences, and courses in stenography, typing, and business administration.

The print shop produced the school newspaper, events programs, and tickets, and Board of Education materials such as report cards.

The final addition was completed in 1932; which included a gymnasium, library, and study hall. It was connected by overhead passageways and a tunnel from the lower lunchroom.


Central School was torn down in 2004.

central high school at night