Central High School
is a public high school
located at 5321 Jacksboro Pike in the Fountain City
neighborhood of Knoxville, Tennessee
, operated by the Knox County school system
. The school's athletic teams are nicknamed the Bobcats, and its colors are red
Central was formerly located at what is now Gresham Middle School
in the heart of Fountain City, which, in the 1960s, was the largest unincorporated community
in Tennessee. Its name is something of a misnomer, because it was never located near the center of Knoxville, even when Fountain City was annex
into Knoxville in the early 1960s. The northernmost high school in Knoxville before the annexation of Fountain City was Fulton
, and in the county, Powell
, and Halls
high schools were farther north.
On August 21, 2008, 15-year-old student Jamar Siler entered the school cafeteria and approached student Ryan McDonald sitting at a lunch table. Siler fatally shot McDonald, and was shortly after arrested by authorities. The two had been in previous altercations, the details of which were not released to the general public. Siler was then taken into custody. Court proceedings are to follow October 9th in the decision whether to try Siler as an adult. If he is tried as an adult
, he will face a minimum of 51 years in prison. If he is tried as a juvenile, he will be released when he is nineteen years old.