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About Us

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Centennial High is the hub for the five communities that feed into this large metropolitan high school with a small-town attitude.

Centennial High School serves nearly 2,000 students in an environment that provides high quality opportunities, emotional support, and social development that prepares learners for excellence in their future.  Centennial High is the hub for the five communities that feed into this large metropolitan high school with a small-town attitude. Centennial’s track record of success includes a high school graduation rate of 95.9%, significantly higher than the state average and one of the highest in Minnesota.

Our talented students and first-rate staff exhibit Cougar pride in all they do, which promotes a culture of tolerance and respect. We pay attention to the whole student, with an understanding that students will work hard when they have positive relationships with each other and with staff.


District Mission: Our Core Purpose

By providing high quality educational opportunities, emotional support, and social development, Centennial School District prepares learners for excellence in their future.

Core Values: Drivers of Our Words and Actions

  • Connecting: Engaging students in meaningful ways with their school community.

  • Achieving: Student success through academic excellence in learning and teaching while supporting students in their growth and achievement.

  • Preparing: Provide opportunities for academic excellence to prepare students for their future.

Vision: What We Intend to Create

Centennial School District is a welcoming environment where all students, staff, and families belong and will:

  • Provide innovative, personalized, rigorous, and relevant educational opportunities for each students.

  • Build and strengthen relationships and partnerships with the community to offer educational programs and opportunities for all.

What We Offer

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Student Activities

From top band and choir programs to speech team, from Robotics to the ski and snowboard club, Centennial High offers myriad extra-curricular opportunities for all interests, and with 29 sports offered, our students are able to get active, try new things, and grow their talents!

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Postsecondary Success

Centennial High prides itself on preparing students for successful pursuits beyond high school. In the most recent survey, with 100% of seniors responding, 87% planned to attend a two- or four-year college.

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We use data to drive decision-making in instruction, curriculum and expenditures, and are constantly improving as a staff through active professional learning communities.

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Tolerance, Respect and Care

Centennial High demonstrates these qualities through our “See Something Say Something” initiative, a 9th grade transition program, and peer leadership work with younger students to create a strong school community.

By the Numbers

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With only 51 students in the first graduating class in 1961, Centennial High School proudly serves 1,994 students today

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Outscoring ACT Scores

Centennial: 25.3; State: 21.6; National: 20.3


Graduation Rate

Centennial has an above average graduation rate at 95% while the state average is 83.6%

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CTE Programs

Over 200 students are enrolled in technical education, manufacturing, and welding courses

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AP Course Offerings

969 students enrolled in 21 Advanced Placement courses and $876,708 in saved tuition from the Advanced Placement program

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Foreign Language Opportunities 

31 language competency seals and certificates earned in six languages

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Students can participate in 29 sports teams, 15 activities and clubs, and fine arts–band, choir, and theatre

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College in the Schools

72 students enrolled in College in the Schools courses and 216 college credits earned