Central Cabarrus High School, a North Carolina School of Distinction, is located in Concord, North Carolina with a student population of 1300. Nearly 130 teachers and staff members work diligently to set high academic standards for their students. The entire community is involved in the attainment and recognition of the successes of the students.
Central Cabarrus High School was formed in 1966 by joining three area high schools: Bethel, Harrisburg, and Hartsell. In its beginning, Central was home to 850 students and 45 teachers. The focal point of the new school was the C.A. Furr Planetarium, the only school planetarium in the state of North Carolina. Central boasted a space age classroom during a space enthralled time.
Mr. M.L. Barnes, for whom the theatre is named, was the first principal of Central Cabarrus. At the time, Jay M. Robinson was the superintendent of Cabarrus County Schools and Joseph N. Fries, the assistant superintendent. Inaugural coaches and long-time Central staff included head football coach, Lloyd "Dink" Jordan, basketball coaches, Earl Mason and Georgia Roberson, and track coach, Gary "Chromedome" Drinnen.
Born in Central's first year of operation were publications, The Centarune, the school yearbook, and The Norlande, the school newspaper. Mr. Euell Gary Brady served as the first librarian with 8000 books and 125 periodicals. "Dear Ruth," Central's first theatrical production was directed by Mrs. Marjorie Hudson. Director Neil Wilson led the first band which consisted of 40 members, and Mr. David Stantz was the first chorus teacher.
Much has changed at CCHS since 1966. Our tremendous growth has brought about the construction of two additional wings, one in 1979, and a science wing in 1998, as well as an auxiliary gym built in 2003.
Central has now graduated generations of Viking fans and supporters. Through time we have achieved many academic and athletic successes. We have honored traditions set by Central's first students and faculty. Vikings, old and new, are proud to call Central Cabarrus home.