The original high school building was built in July 1936. In 1942, teacher Albert L. Stanback became principal, and had the school renamed Central High School in 1943.
1955 aerial (UNC)
In February 1958, Central High's main building burned down; students were schooled in a newly-built structure on the campus that was intended for junior high students. In late 1958, the new gymnasium ("gymtorium") was built, and several famous musicians and perfomers performed at the opening: Ike and Tina Turner, Otis Redding, and Solomon Burke.
A new classroom building was built in 1958 (Archie Royal Davis
was the architect) and a second classroom building, a vocational building, and an agricultural and band building were built between 1959 and 1961.
After Principal Stanback's death in 1964 (his memorial service was held in the gymnasium), W. C. Blue acted as interim principal until a new principal was selected for the position; J. M. Murfee was selected, and served until 1969.
New classroom building, ~1965
Today, the enlarged campus is Hillsborough Elementary School.