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Francis Howell Central High School

Francis Howell High
5199 Highway N
Cottleville, Missouri, 63304
United States
Type Public
Established 1997
School district Francis Howell School District
Principal Sonny Arnel
Staff 140
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1907
Color(s) Blue and Silver
Mascot Spartan

Francis Howell Central High School (abbreviated FHC) is the third high school created in the Francis Howell School District. The school is located in Cottleville, Missouri, but a large part of its student population comes from its larger neighbor St. Peters. Home of the Spartans, Francis Howell Central is a four-year comprehensive high school offering programs in college preparatory, vocational, honors/advanced credit, advanced placement and a special education program.


  • Brief history 1
  • Notable Alumni 2
  • Athletics 3
  • Clubs 4
    • Spartan Regiment 4.1
    • Student publications 4.2
    • FHC Spotlight Players 4.3
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Brief history

FHC opened in the fall of 1997 with only freshmen and sophomore students. The school had been built in a series of phases; much of what is visible today had not yet been constructed at the time of its opening. The school's first principal was Don Muench. The building opened with fairly small number of teachers, which was due to low student enrollment at the time. Eventually the school expanded to the junior and senior grades as well. In 2001, Steve Griggs was hired as the new building principal. Griggs remained principal until 2006, when he transferred to a new position in the district's administration. Jack Ameis, former administrator at Francis Howell North High School, served as the interim principal for the 2006-2007 school year. Starting with the 2007-2008 school year, Sonny Arnel returned to Central to serve as head principal. The school enrollment currently hovers around 2,000 students. The school's mascot is King Leo the Spartan.

Notable Alumni


In May 2011, the Don Muench Memorial Stadium was host to the Missouri District Track Meet. The following MSHSAA sanctioned activities are available at Central:[1]

Fall Sports

Winter Sports

Spring Sports

Year Around


Students attending Francis Howell Central have clubs to choose from including the following:[2]

  • Arete
  • BreakdownFHC
  • DECA
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Future Business Leaders of America
  • National Art Honor Society
  • National Honor Society
  • Chemistry club
  • Spartan table tennis
  • Speech and debate
  • Student Council
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Spartan Regiment

The Spartan Regiment is FHC's marching band. The band also raised $2000 in 2010 for the St. James Marching Band whose members were involved in a bus crash.[3]

Student publications

The monthly student-run newspaper is the Central Focus. The staff of the Central Focus also runs a website,[4] The Odyssey is the name of the yearbook published yearly by the yearbook staff.

FHC Spotlight Players

The members of Francis Howell Central's theatrical department have been named The Spotlight Players. At the 2013 Missouri Thespian Conference the Spotlight Player's Tech Challenge team placed first in state.


  1. ^ "Complete Sports Listing - Francis Howell Central". 
  2. ^ "Clubs/Activities - Francis Howell Central". 
  3. ^ "Francis Howell Central Marching Band raises money for St. James band". 
  4. ^ " : The online home of the Central Focus". 

External links

  • Official website
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