Grand Forks Central Facts

  • Grand Forks Community: The Grand Forks School District began as a small school on the banks of the Red River in 1881. It has grown to 13 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 3 senior high schools and approximately 850 educators serving the educational needs of over 9,000 children in the city and the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Grand Forks was recently rated as a Metropolitan area by the Bureau of Population. Greater Grand Forks is a "Twin City" with its neighbor East Grand Forks, MN. Together with the Air Base the total population reaches 70,000. Canada is only 90 miles to the north and the city of Winnipeg is only 150 miles away. Grand Forks is located in a rich farming area in the heart of the Red River Valley. The city is proud of some of the finest facilities available including the University of North Dakota, the Altru Hospital and Rehabilitation Center. East Grand Forks has an accredited Area Vocational-Technical School. A private business college and a hairstyling college are located in Grand Forks. Over 30 referral agencies are available in the community serving people with a multitude of needs. There are nearly 100 churches, two major shopping centers and a downtown shopping area.

    Grand Forks Central High School: Central High School is one of three senior high schools located in Grand Forks. Our school serves students who live in the northern half of the city, rural students and all air base students. Currently approximately 950 students are enrolled in grades 9-12. Central is fully accredited by the North Central Accreditation Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges. The school year is divided into two semesters, each 18 weeks. Report cards are issued every 9 weeks. A six-week summer school is offered during June and July for required credits, usually English and Social Studies. Required mathematics and science courses are offered to ninth graders. A field biology course is offered for advanced science students. Driver education is a summer program. Special instruction is offered during the year in reading, science, mathematics and communication for students who have difficulty. College preparatory programs are offered in all major subject area disciplines. All college entrance tests are offered. Numerous career & technical education programs are offered in areas such as automotive, engineering, construction, health care, child care, and graphic arts. The liberal arts area has exceptional offering in music, drama, and speech. Competition is available in journalism, debate, art, speech, science, mathematics, languages and technical education. Foreign languages are offered in French, Spanish, German and Latin. A counseling staff is available for personal, emotional, academic and career counseling. A hot lunch program offers breakfast and a noon lunch. Students are permitted to have cars. There is no specific dress code except that students must be dressed in a neat and presentable manner. Central High School had 94.3 percent of student attendance last year and a drop-out rate of less than 3 percent. The record breaking flood in April 1997 caused 11.5 million dollars worth of damage to Central High School. All basement levels were inundated. The three Grand Forks residential areas most devastated by the flood are within the Central High School boundaries, yet there is no significant decline in enrollment. The city of Grand Forks is greatly indebted to its students for their energy and perseverance in the flood fight and recovery. The "Knights" of Grand Forks Central came back - stronger than ever.

    Grand Forks Central Staff: The staff of 110 professional educators received undergraduate training at twenty one different colleges and universities. Fifty percent of the staff hold Masters degrees with several faculty members actively pursuing post-graduate work. Faculty members have a wide range of intellectual interests and hobbies so that students can usually relate to someone with an interest area. Numerous clubs exist around these interest areas.