Almost 65 years ago Parkway Junior/Senior High School opened its doors as the first secondary school in the District. In 1966 there were additions of classrooms of various sizes to allow flexibility in programming and scheduling. Half of the building contained under-floor ducts to allow the future installation of electronic teaching equipment. In 1993, just grades seven and eight were housed as the Central Junior High. Then in 1995 the school name changed to Parkway Central Middle School and additions were added to each wing to accommodate grades 6-8.
School Mascot: Colts
School Motto: We are a Colts Caring Community! Excellence in Education
Missouri Gold Star School: 1989
U. S. Blue Ribbon School: 1989
National School of Character: 2018
Energy Star School: 2021
PRINCIPALS OF CENTRAL MIDDLE:
· Earl Schubert: 1957 - 1960
· Robert Elsea: 1960 - 1961
· Al Burr: 1961 - 1964
· Ken Smith: 1964 - 1968
· Roy Armistead: 1968 - 1975
· James Harry: 1975 - 1984
· Jerry McFarland: 1984 - 1987
· Bill Myer: 1987 - 1989
· Dan Natale: 1989 - 2001
· Lauretta Holloway: 2001 - 2008
· Michael Baugus: 2008 - 2020
· Cathy Lorenz: 2020 - present
· Original: 595 students (7-12 grades)
· Peak: 1444 students (1966)
· Current: 893 students (6-8 grades)
· Architect: Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, Inc.
· Contractor: Jones Kissner
· Original Cost: $1,186,626
· Site: 96-Acre complex, Central Middle and Central High
· First of the schools in the Metro Area to be networked and to use an early form of e-mail and on-line discussions - six years before the internet explosion.
· Nationally recognized by Apple Computer as a school looking for innovative approaches to education
· Central Junior’s spring edition of the Colt Connection/Potpourri (1988) was awarded a superior rating by the National Council of Teachers of English. Central Middle was the only junior high school in Missouri to rank in this category that year.
Five current teachers went to Parkway Central for middle school.
Central Middle hosts the district’s middle school ESOL Newcomers program with more than 60 students from 37 countries around the globe.
Parkway School District partners with Special School District in each school. At Central Middle School, we have the benefit of 15 to 20 staff members to serve our students with special needs; including our Essential Skills program.