At a glance
Middle School Student population
Pre-AP Placement Offerings
High School Student Population
Advanced Placement Offerings
As the oldest accredited high school in Tulsa, Central has a rich heritage of service to the community dating back to 1906. Our graduates are some of Oklahoma's most well-known politicians, businessmen and civic leaders. Central High School for Fine and Performing Arts commits to embracing the power of creative expression, as well as therapeutic outlets for young people through poetry, music, dance, fashion and art.
Central Middle School offers a wide range of athletic programs, art experiences, and strong academic programming. From football to speech, debate to fashion design and dance, we have learning experiences that meet the needs and interests of young scholars from all walks of life.
At Central, every student has a mentor that meets to discuss individual progress in academics and social and emotional learning. Teachers pride themselves on leveraging authentic relationships with students and families to challenge students to meet academic goals and increase secondary opportunities. Our talented students develop into strong leaders who know how to advocate for themselves, pursue their passions and interests, and work tirelessly towards social success.
AT CENTRAL Middle & high SCHOOL, STUDENTS CAN:
- Engage in creative, productive self-expression through dance, poetry, visual arts, or music and connect with the larger community through art;
- Build strong, meaningful relationships with teachers and staff who are committed to supporting them academically, socially, and emotionally; and
- Prepare for success in college, careers, and life following a century-old tradition of excellence at Central Middle & High School.
- Boys Basketball
- Boys Cross Country
- Boys Soccer
- Boys Track
- Girls Basketball
- Girls Cross Country
- Girls Soccer
- Girls Track
CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY
- Fundamentals of Technology
- Introduction to Business
- Pro Audio And Computer Music
- Advanced Theater Tech
- Art History
- Arts Management
- Creative Writing/Screenwriting
- Graphic Design
- Guitar Ensemble
- Instrumental Performance
- Music Recording Art
- Musical Theatre
- Pre-AP Art I/II
- Senior Fine Arts Capstone
Jason Gilley received his B.A. in education from Langston University and his M.Ed. in education administration, curriculum and supervision from the University of Oklahoma. In 2009, he joined Tulsa Public schools as a music director at McLain High School where he reestablished a marching band program and served as co-department chair of Fine Arts. He was selected as the McLain Teacher of the Year in 2011. He served as assistant principal at Central before becoming principal.
Central High School has a rich history starting when it was first opened in 1906 at Fourth and Boston in downtown Tulsa. It became the third school in Oklahoma to be accredited in 1913.
A new building was built at Sixth and Cincinnati in 1917, and it quickly grew with an expansion in 1922 and the Manual Arts building at Ninth and Cincinnati in 1925. Tulsa Central was even claimed to be the second largest high school in the United States at one time.
Being located in downtown Tulsa proved to be a problem, so the school was relocated to a beautiful 47 acre campus in northwest Tulsa.
Public Service Company of Oklahoma purchased the old Central High School building. It has been renovated and named a Tulsa landmark by the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture.
The new Central High School is located at 31st West Avenue and Edison. Central has had the fine and performing arts magnet program since 1997.