Central High School: Investing in Facilities to Support Student
Achievement. Built in 1907, Central High School is the oldest school in
Davenport, Iowa, with antique wooden lockers and outdated facilities. Davenport
is currently undertaking a comprehensive renovation of their high schools and
Central High School is the last to begin this process. The planned renovation
at Central includes an expansion of the media center, expansion of classrooms,
upgrading of the science lab, and upgrading of the electrical, communication,
and ventilation systems. At Central High, President Clinton will call on
Congress to help communities address the school infrastructure crisis created
by rising enrollments and aging buildings. The President has sent a plan to
Congress that would provide tax credits to states and localities to build and
modernize 6,000 schools nationwide. In addition, the President's budget
includes an emergency school construction initiative that would provide funds
to states and school districts for emergency repairs on 5,000 schools a year.
Central has 1439 students, 33 percent of whom receive free and reduced-price
lunch, 29 percent of whom are minorities.