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North Central High School (Indianapolis)

North Central High School
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1801 East 86th Street

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United States
Coordinates39°54′40″N 86°07′45″W / 39.91111°N 86.12917°W / 39.91111; -86.12917Coordinates: 39°54′40″N 86°07′45″W / 39.91111°N 86.12917°W / 39.91111; -86.12917
TypePublic high school
MottoAchievement through scholarship, honesty and respect.
School districtMetropolitan School District of Washington Township
PrincipalEvans Branigan III (Retiring at End of School Year)
Enrollment3,754 (2020-21)
Athletics conferenceMetropolitan Interscholastic Conference
PublicationNCHS Live! (
NewspaperThe Northern Lights
YearbookThe Northerner
WebsiteOfficial Website

North Central High School is a public high school in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States. It is part of the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township. North Central is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school.


North Central was established in 1956 in response to Washington Township's rapidly growing population and the desire of residents to have a local high school. Prior to this, students from the township attended Broad Ripple High School and Shortridge High School in Indianapolis. (At this time, most of the township was outside the city limits.) In 1963 the current facility was opened, and the original building was repurposed to Northview Middle School.


For the 2015-2016 school year, enrollment was 3,636 students. 41% were black, 35% were white, 14% were Hispanic, 6% were multiracial, and 4% were Asian. 42% qualified for free lunches and 6% of the student body qualified for reduced-price lunches.

For the 2020-21 school year, enrollment was 3,754 students. Of these, 38% were black, 33% were white, 19% were Hispanic, 6% were multiracial, and 4% were Asian. 45% of students qualified for free lunches and 2% qualified for reduced-price lunches.


The North Central Wind Ensemble has been named the ISSMA State Concert Band Champions six times (2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011).

The North Central High School Symphony Orchestra has been named the ISSMA State Concert Orchestra Champions ten times (1985, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2014).

The North Central Counterpoints show choir have been named the ISSMA State Concert Choir Grand Champions fifteen times (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011) and the State Show Choir Grand Champions eleven times (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019).

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