CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
Known simply as Omaha High until 1912, Central High School (CHS) has been seated in Omaha’s former Capitol Hill building since 1872 and is one of the most successfully integrated schools in the country.
Central graduates have built a legacy of learning, inclusion and equality of opportunity since 1889, when valedictorian Comfort Baker delivered her commencement address on the topic of African American equality in America after the Civil War. Graduates include: John Pehle (1926) who helped rescue thousands of European Jews from the Holocaust; Carlton Goodlett (1931) who became a civil rights leader in San Francisco; and Gayle Sayers (1961) NFL Hall of Famer and half of the pair of first interracial roommates in NFL history.
And in 1968, In the midst of civil unrest—with segregationist George Wallace running for president—the Omaha Central High School basketball team made history with its first all-black starting lineup, chronicled in Steve Marantz’ excellent book, The Rhythm Boys of Omaha Central.
ADDRESS: 124 N 20th St, Omaha, NE 68102
Base of South-facing steps leading up from Dodge Street
AGE RANGE: All Ages
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