SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — One of Springfield’s public schools has been named the most beautiful public high school in Missouri. Architectural Digest Magazine picked a school in every state, and in Missouri, it chose Springfield’s own Central High School.
Dr. Lisa Anderson, principal and CHS graduate, admits her students are a little biased. So, when news came that CHS had been named most beautiful, she says word spread like wildfire.
“This is our home and we know how beautiful it is, but it’s really a good opportunity for us to take a step back and really realize what we have here everyday,” Anderson said.
Originally built in 1893, the school now sports several additions to its original gothic design. The most recent expansion was completed in the early 2000’s.
Anderson thinks that could have something to do with the recognition.
“I believe that the meshing of the modern with that older style really just makes for a beautiful building,” she said.
And while another expansion would be nice, it isn’t very likely.
“Gosh, we would love to have some more additions to the building, including an athletics facility,” Anderson said. “We’re very land-locked. That’s part of what makes us so special, because of where we are located, but I’m not sure how much more we could spread out currently on this footprint.”
Central is home to about 1700 students, and includes both the Springfield Scholars Program and International Baccalaureate program.