North Central High School was established in 1956 in response to Washington Township's growing population. Prior to this, students from the township attended Broad Ripple and Shortridge High Schools in Indianapolis. In 1963, the current facility opened, and the original building was repurposed to become Northview Middle School. In 2004, William F. Gulde, the North Central High School Social Studies chair at the time, published a detailed history of the school titled Hopes, Dreams, and Books: The Story of North Central High School, 1956-2004.
With three publications, the yearbook "The Northerner", the school newspaper The Northern Lights, and the website "NCHS Live!", the publications program has won various awards from the Journalism Education Association. The most recent award, JEA Administrator of the Year, was given for their demonstration of the First Amendment.
Some well-known alumni include Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, musician; Mary Mackey, A'Lelia Bundles, Diana Mercer, and Susan Neville, writers; former Indianapolis mayor Bart Peterson; David Wolf, astronaut; Scott Jones, inventor of voicemail; and Courtney Roby and Chad Spann, both NFL football players. Fictional character Augustus Waters, in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, was a basketball star at North Central.
The Indianapolis Public Library and its digitization partner, IUPUI University Library, are happy to present this digital collection of North Central High School materials from the Indianapolis Special Collections Room of the Indianapolis Public Library published here with the generous funding of The Library Fund, a fund of The Indianapolis Foundation.