Parkway Central High School

Parkway Central High School
369 North Woods Mill Rd.
Chesterfield, Missouri 63017
Coordinates 38°39′52″N 90°30′16″W / 38.66438°N 90.50452°W / 38.66438; -90.50452Coordinates: 38°39′52″N 90°30′16″W / 38.66438°N 90.50452°W / 38.66438; -90.50452
Type Public high school
Established 1954
Principal Tim McCarthy
Number of students 1,350
Color(s)              Red, black, white
Mascot Colt
Newspaper Corral
Website School website

Parkway Central High School is a public high school in Chesterfield, Missouri that is part of the Parkway School District. The school runs using an A/B/C-day system, where students have all classes on C days for 50 minutes, and half their classes on A days for 90 minutes, and the other half on B days. A typical M-F week has a CABAB schedule.[1]


Five elementary school districts merged to form the Parkway Consolidated School District. The name for the district was proposed by a fourth grader from Barretts Elementary School. The name "Parkway" was in honor of the Daniel Boone Parkway, which is also known as Highway 40 (now I-64). The road passes through the center of the district. The word Consolidated was later dropped as sounding too rural in the rapidly growing and changing district.

Parkway Central was the first high school built in the new district. The original high school was converted to a junior high school when the present high school was built in 1961. There are now a total of five high schools in the district (Central, North, West, South, and Fern Ridge).


For the 2011–2012 school year, the school offered 27 activities approved by the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA): baseball, boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, boys and girls cross country, dance team, football, boys and girls golf, girls lacrosse, music activities, scholar bowl, boys and girls soccer, softball, speech and debate, boys and girls swimming and diving, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls track and field, boys and girls volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.[2] The school does not sponsor a boys ice hockey club. The school newspaper is the Corral, which is a member of the High School National Ad Network. There is a marching band, the "Parkway Central Marching Colts" that plays at football games in the fall as well as marching competitions. The band students then play in either a concert or symphonic band after football season ends. The concert band is available during football season as well for those who can not or would prefer not to march.

Parkway Central has a fight song that shares the same tune as the University of Michigan's fight song. The lyrics are as follows:

"Victory for red and white,
The Central Colts will always fight
Until the end, and then you know that we've got what it takes!
No, we're not North or South or West,
We are Parkway's best,
We're Central and we're proud to say say that we're from PCH!
P! C! H! S!
Parkway! Central! Colts!"

The lyrics were rewritten in previous years.

Notable alumni


  1. Archived July 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. "Parkway Central High School". Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  3. "James Kerwin, Class of 1991 - Parkway Central High School". 2000-11-03. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  4. "Tester of the Year Award". Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  5. "Amber Lyon, CNN Reporter and Native St. Louisan, Blasted by Village Voice Media". Riverfront Times. Retrieved 2015-11-21.
  6. "Glenn Savan, 49, the Author of 'White Palace'". 2003-04-17. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
  7. "Bruce Rehnberg - Patents". Retrieved 2015-04-30.
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