Centennial High School

1441 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220
(614) 365-5491

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 865 students 20 students/teacher (OH avg is 18)

Test Scores by grade


Ohio Graduation Test (OGT)

In 2013-2014 Ohio used the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) to test students in grade 10 in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. State averages displayed on public school profiles include public schools only. State averages displayed on private school profiles include private schools only. The OGT is a high school graduation requirement for public schools and chartered private schools. The OGT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Ohio. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.
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About this school

Centennial High School is a public high school in Columbus. The principal of Centennial High School is Ms. Frances L. Hershey, whose e-mail is FHershey@columbus.k12.oh.us. 865 students attend Centennial High School and are mostly Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Multiracial. 99% of the 865 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 57% get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Centennial High School is 20:1. Whetstone High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 2%
Multiracial 5% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 43% 27%
Asian 4% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 39% 57%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 79%
Economically disadvantaged 99% 98%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Currently a junior. Good academics good diversity overall good athletic programs and a safe fun learning environment.

  • (5 years ago)

    Sigh...I entered this school year with high hopes having chosen this school by lottery for my daughter. Unfortunately I am disappointed in how things have turned out my main frustration is that there is a useful and valuable tool in the Parent Assistant Module designed for teachers to communicate assignments due dates and grades however use of it is not mandatory so out of five teachers that my daughter had only one used it regularly. I would not find out how she was doing in a class until it was too late. She was allowed to sit next to girls that she chatted too much with after I asked for her to be moved...now while I don't think handholding is necessary for kids this age I believe a bit more should be done for this age of transition than just throwing them in the water to sink or swim.

  • (6 years ago)

    Outstanding academic performance

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter is a 2007 graduate of CHS and we hope that each of her younger siblings are able to attend Centennial. She was in a safe environment with caring staff. She felt accepted and found friends activities and freedom to express herself in positive ways while attending CHS.

  • (8 years ago)

    I had three children at Centennial High and I must say regrettably that I can in no way recommend this school to anyone any longer. The humanities classes had become overfilled. The classes which were not advanced were overrun by undisciplined students. The principal lacks proper parent negotiating skills in order to troubleshoot problems. I would recommend that any Columbus High school student should pursue either good charter school alternative school or private school.

  • (9 years ago)

    It's October of my child's freshman year and I must say -- SO FAR SO GOOD! She's excited about school anxious to go everyday and admits to learning things that are interesting. I'm even impressed with the level of parental involvement with the extra curricular events. Again so far so good.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a former student at Centennial and I think it was a great school to go to because there was much diversity among students and there were plenty of extra curricular activities such as sports drama the arts etc. to get involved in.

  • (10 years ago)

    Great school with incredible diversity. Staff is passionate about teaching and cares deeply for the students. Parent support is above average. Wide range of athletics offered. Incredible arts program. Weak on extracurriculars beyond athletics and drama. Very academically-oriented school.

  • (10 years ago)

    We have a daughter now in the 10th grade and with us being new to the area 1 year ago we did alot of research regarding the schools only to find that Centennial is one of the best around. Research showed that test scores where just as good as Thomas Worthington as well as some of the other top notch schools in the area. If you take the time to be involved you will find that the communication between you child(ren) and school staff can be wonderful. The school from Principal to teachers as well as office staff will do the very best to benefit your child(ren). As parents you need to stay involved no matter where your child(ren) go to school. Good job Centennial!

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