The Transforming Central project got underway by a dedicated group of parents, students and community members in the fall of 2011.
2011 – 2012
In the fall of 2011, we partnered with student groups Root and Shoots and the National Honor Society to plant over 500 bulbs on the school grounds.
We surveyed students, faculty, administrators, parents and community members to gather input on desirable exterior improvements.
The survey results were incorporated into set of designs by The Metropolitan Design Center from the College of Art Design at the University of Minnesota. They analyzed Central’s site and looked at the functionality of the grounds, student use and perceptions as well as overall environmental concerns. At the completion of the year, the Metropolitan Design Council created the following document: Central High School: Transforming the Character of Place. This document and subsequent discussions have been instrumental in moving our vision forward.
2012 – 2013
During the summer of 2012 students and parent volunteers planted the three large tiers that frame the front exterior stairway with native perennials and grasses thanks to private donations and school support.
In November of 2012, Central was awarded $10,323 ($12,075 w/ Survey) in services from the Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) to analyze storm water runoff. This resulted in a conceptual design for improving aesthetics and solving environmental issues.
In September of 2013 The Capitol Region Watershed District (CRWD) awarded $50,000 to Central High School for the storm water retrofit project.
– On October 27, 2014, the Lexington-Hamline Community Council awarded Transforming Central “The Good Neighbor Award” for its role in supporting the neighborhood as a great place to live.