Central High School Foundation

1859

Omaha High School opened with five teachers on staff


1911

Name Central High School began to be used


1915

Legendary English teacher Sara Vore Taylor completed the first version of the Style Book


1922

The Annual was renamed to the O Book


1926

The “Eagle” nickname was adopted


1957

Newsweek named Central to top 38 high schools in the nation


1962

First annual Homecoming celebrated in November


1977

“Purple Feather Day” was started by P.E.P. (Parents, Educators & Pupils)


1979

Central officially added to National Register of Historic Places


1984

Separate stairwells ended - both boys & girls could use either one


1996

Central High School Foundation was created


2001

Old cafeteria space on 4th floor was converted to computer labs


2005

Seemann Stadium opened & dedicated


2008

Sports Illustrated named Central High School one of the top ten high school athletic programs in the country


2010

Generation C is formed and Keith and Michele Bigsby and Dave and Carol Van Metre are first Co-Chairs

Generation “C” Mission Statement

Generation “C” is the official support group recognized by Central High School. The mission is to contribute to the advancement of Central High School to achieve the following goals:

  • Raise money for special projects and services for Central High School and Student and Alumni activities that are not provided through the district budget allocation.
  • Sponsor and conduct activities which foster positive community, family and student spirit.
  • Ensure good communication and exchange of information between Central High School and its supporters.

Contributions are tax deductible and all usage is approved by the Principal and the Central High School Foundation Board of Directors.

Eagle Levels

For your convenience, we have established two ways for you to join!

  1. Click here to print and mail your donation

    (Adobe Acrobat PDF, link opens in a new window)
  2. Make your payment online via credit card or PayPal:

    Select your preferred Eagle Level and click the PayPal donate button below:

    Central Eagle $2,500
    Reserved parking pass for home (2011) Football and (2010-2011 & 2011-2012) Boys & Girls Basketball games and a (2011) Road Show performance, 2 reserved tickets to all home (2011) Football and (2010-2011 & 2011-2012) Boys & Girls Basketball games, and incentives below

    Bald Eagle $1,000
    (2011) Symposium with former and past principals “Doc” Moller, Dr. Gary Thompson, Mr. Jerry Bexten, Mr. Greg Emmel, Dr. Keith Bigsby, Central High School Foundation Board of Directors and incentives below

    Hawk Eagle $500
    Recognition in the (Spring 2011) O-Book and incentives below

    Crested Eagle $250
    4 tickets to the (Spring 2011) Roadshow date of your choice, recognition in the Roadshow Program and incentives below

    Sea Eagle $100
    Invitation to a (Fall 2011) Tailgate Party and incentives below

    Spotted Eagle $50
    Central Flag and incentives below

    Tailed Eagle $25
    Central Decal and incentive below

    Eaglet $10
    Monthly E-Newsletter

    Other Amount
    You will be able to specify your amount on the payment form.

  3. Click here to pay online (Link opens secure payment form with PayPal.com)

* Dues are good for 12 months after receipt of payment.

Questions? Call (402) 556-1996 or email micheler@chsfomaha.org

Generation “C” Co-Chairs

Dr. Keith and Michele Bigsby
Dr. Keith Bigsby became the 18th principal of Central High School on July 1st, 2010. Keith, who has been with the Omaha Public Schools for the past 28 years, has served as a teacher, department head, assistant principal and a coach at Central. Dr. Bigsby has also been involved with a number of curricular and community initiatives that continue to impact Central High School. These efforts include co-writing the WINGS 21 (Workforce Initiative for the Next Generation of Students for the 21st century) Nebraska Lottery Grant, the U.S. Department of Education Urban and Rural Opportunities Grant, and the TRIO College Bound - Upward Bound Grant. Michele is an Assistant Director in the Management Information Systems Department at Werner Enterprises. Keith and Michele have been married for 25 years. While neither Keith nor Michele attended Central, their daughters Casey (CHS 2005), Michaela (CHS 2012) and Maureen (CHS 2014) are Eagles.


L-R: Keith & Michele Bigsby, Carol & Dave Van Metre.

Dave and Carol Van Metre
The Van Metres have significantly enhanced the health and well being for students at Central High School through contributions that created state-of-the-art weight training and fitness facilities at the school. While neither Dave nor Carol attended Central, their sons David (CHS ’82) and James (CHS ’81) enjoyed academic and athletic success, and the family has shown support for Central ever since. Mostly recently the City of Omaha, named the Central High School softball field at Columbus Park, Van Metre Field, in recognition for their efforts in raising thousands of dollars for athletic fields across the city to build and improve softball, baseball, soccer, tennis and football facilities for the Omaha Public Schools.

Contact:chsfoundation@cox.net
Last Updated: Sunday, January 16, 2020
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