The first Central School was built in 1871. The Grand Haven Tribune hailed the belfry-topped school as "the finest in the state" and "the pride of every citizen of Grand Haven." The newspaper blamed arsonists for burning the school on May 5, 1901 and stated that more than on man would "contribute his services to a lynching bee, if the firebug had been detected." A second school, built on this site in 1902 housed over 600 students in grades kindergarten through twelve. That school burned in 1963. The bell from the school was salvaged but not usable. The following year the present elementary school opened. In 1965 the local Methodist church donated a bell from its old church so that the school could continue it tradition of ringing a school bell to call students to class.
In 2002, Central Elementary became Central High School. Central High School offers students in Grand Haven a high school alternative with a wide rage of curriculum offerings. Some of the highlights include, PLATO after-school credit recovery, GED testing service, and small class sizes to accommodate all the unique needs of our students. Since 2002, Central High School has assisted over 200 students achieve their academic goal of graduation.