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Centennial High School is a public secondary school located in Peoria, Arizona, United States. This high school is currently a part of the Peoria Unified School District #11. The school opened its doors in August 1990, since which it has maintained an Excelling academic status. Approximately 2,100 students are currently enrolled at the school. The CeHS sports teams and marching band are called the Pride of the Pack. The mascot is the Coyote. CeHS is considered the largest high school in the Peoria District, by student population. The principal is Jim Davis and vice principals include Steve Armstrong, Christine Lopezlira, and Joe Sbordoni.
The mission of Centennial High School is to create an optimal learning environment to prepare students to become competent, responsible, self-disciplined individuals prepared to successfully meet the challenges of the Twenty-First Century.
Centennial continues to have a tradition of excellence in academics. As an excelling school in school years 2005-2008, CeHS continuously encourages the students to be the best they can be in all life areas. One of the greatest assets is the staff that works daily with the students and helps students see the benefit of life long learning. Centennial's principal Jim Davis won the 2009 Milken Education Award for an excelling educator in America on October 30, 2009 by the Milken Family Foundation. He received a $25,000 prize benefit for his achievement. Davis knew nothing about this award prior to the event, and in his own words, "I don't like surprises".
Centennial is continually excelling in all areas of athletics, currently leading the example for Arizona high schools. The CeHS varsity football team has won the 5A-II Arizona High School football championship in 2006, 2007, and 2008 and has also defeated high ranking 5A-I teams such as Hamilton. CeHS has many various types of sports in which people can try out depending on the season.
Centennial's football program continually exceeds in all areas. The varsity football team has won three consecutive 5A-II division championships outplaying larger 5A-I teams including Brophy Prep, Pinnacle, and long standing powerhouse Hamilton. The freshman and junior varsity teams have continually won division playoffs in 2007 as well as 2008. As of October 9, 2009 all three level teams are undefeated this season. Currently, Centennial's varsity football program is ranked #4 in the nation. The varsity football team is headed by Coach Richard Taylor. Centennial is also a cleat-in for their fourth title in early December.
Centennial's incredible 39-game winning streak came to an end on Friday, December 4, 2009, however, in the 5A-II State semifinals. The Coyotes lost to the Tempe Marcos de Niza Padres, 16-14, in a tightly-contested game at North Canyon High School.
The Performing Arts division at CeHS is designed to allow students to explore a variety of visual performing arts. Many students are involved in creating visual, pleasing artwork in classes such as art, ceramics, media, and photo.
Centennial has a wide-variety of programs that nurture the young artist in all students. Centennial currently offers classes such as ceramics, art, photography, media, dance, chorus, and band that let students explore their creative talents through many mediums. Students are given the opportunity to explore their interests in diverse ways while building self confidence and skills that could lead to a future career.
In ceramics, students learn the basics of working with clay; everything from hand building to throwing on the wheel. Art classes allow students to learn the fundamentals of color, form and imagination. Photography gives students the opportunity to develop their own pictures. Media Productions, led by Ken "The Human Armpit" Keene, places students in a real working studio. They are able to produce, direct, write and perform in a variety of types of productions. There are other opportunities like Media Internships. Dance, both beginning, advanced, and performance, led by Kim McFall, are popular classes that offer the opportunity to develop skills in all forms of dance. Students gain confidence and strength while having fun. Drama, led by Laura Colletti, gives students the chance to work on stage productions and learn every aspect of producing a stage program. Choir, led by Cheryl Tucker, offers students the chance to discover talent through the power of the human voice.
Band, led by David Pietsch, gives students the chance to experience the rush of performing music in front of large audience. Band is offered in four forms: Marching, Jazz, Orchestra, or Concert. Newspaper, led by Dr. Todd Wolff and mentor by Dr. Pennock, gives students the chance to develop a quality news publication and engage in rich responsibilities in journalism and beyond to the future and space. Yearbook, led by Cybill Jacob, allows students to take on the task on the creation of the annual yearbook. From interviewing students to taking photos, and editing pages, all aspects require students to apply some form of their media or journalism knowledge into creating everlasting memories.
Each program nurtures young artists to work creatively in self-expression and visual communication. Centennial's Arts programs engage students to develop their artistic talents and study artists who have had a lasting impact on our culture and society. These programs enhance the academic curriculum by building self-confidence and promoting individuality that will carry into the careers of the future.
Centennial has a terrific tradition of excellence in the band programs. The band programs are directed by Mr. David Pietsch and included the Pride of the Pack Marching Band, Jazz Bands, Orchestra, and Guitar/Piano. Every other year beginning with 1992, Centennial’s marching band has been chosen to perform at the Disneyland Resort in Southern California as an Excelling, 5A-I high school marching band. The bands; including marching, jazz, rubber, and strings; have performed in a wide variety of competitions at locations including Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, the Disneyland Resort, SeaWorld San Diego, as well as numerous high schools throughout Arizona and California.
Many clubs such as: SEA Club (Science & Environmental Awareness), Drama Club, International Thespian Society, CCC (Christian Club on Campus), DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) , FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), FEA (Future Educators of America), NHS (National Honor Society), FCCLA (Future Career and Community Leaders of America), Student Council, Schools for Schools, Photo Society, Yearbook, Key Club, Lock Club, French Club, Norwegian Club, German Club, Culture Club, Breakfast Club, Interact, HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) , Skills USA, Speech & Debate, FCA (Fellowship of Christian Anybodys), and Tech Club (previously known as Deton's Dynamos) are offered on Centennial's campus.
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