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.