Battle Creek Central High School dates back to the early 1870s when the first high school was opened in Battle Creek. The building, known as Old Number One and pictured to the right, served as the High School until the current building opened in 1909. It continued to operate as the city's first Junior High School until W.K. Kellogg Junior High School opened. The building was demolished in 1934.
The current building has gone through several renovations over the years. In 1923, a Vocational wing was added to the southeast corner of West and Champion Street. The addition featured classrooms, a cafeteria and a large central staircase topped with a stained glass skylight. A bridge connected the two sections of the school.
In 1959, another renovation took place. This renovation included a new front office, entrance, and converted the boys and girls gyms into a new cafeteria and the Bearcat Room.
In 1973, the Music Building was added on. The facility contained two soundproof practice rooms, office space, a classroom, and a sheet-music library. Just a few years later, the McQuiston Learning Center was added. The 300-seat auditorium is used for school meetings and plays.
In 2007, a bond was passed to renovate the entire building and add an addition that doubled the size of the school. The addition features a commons area for lunch, a gymnasium, fitness center, and swimming pool.
Before becoming the Bearcats, Battle Creek Central held several different names, including the Crickets and Blue and Gold Warriors.
The Alumni Association
The Battle Creek Central High School Alumni Association was established to:
Build friendship and cooperation among Alumni of Battle Creek Central and Springfield High School.
Help Alumni maintain contact with each other and with the School District.
Assist graduating classes as they prepare for reunions.
Encourage Alumni support of the School District's educational program through donations to the Battle Creek Public Schools Scholarship Program.
To maintain and enhance the prestige and tradition of Battle Creek Central High School.
If you have a passion for Battle Creek Central and want to become a member of the Alumni Association, please use the contact us section and put "member" in the subject line.