Transforming Central- Students+Environment+Community
Project for Central High School Parent Advisory Council

Transforming Central:students+environment+community is a community effort to reshape the urban landscape of Saint Paul Central High School.

Transforming Central
Site Improvement Project
Transforming Central is a community effort to reshape the urban landscape of Central High School in order to improve the students’ daily experience, address the environmental impacts of our campus, and connect with the vibrant community that embraces the school.
The project includes three important elements – the student experience, environmental impact and community connections.

This project got underway by a dedicated group of parents in the Fall of 2011 and as of October 15th, Phase 1 is complete!  We are currently raising money for Phase 2 which will focus on art, history and lighting. Your donation will help fund these efforts!


On October 11, The Transforming Central group was awarded a $5,000 matching grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for an outdoor photography exhibit highlighting Central's 150 history. Award winning photographer and Central parent, Chris Faust will take photos of the Central community throughout the school year. These photos will be paired with historic photos from Central's past 150 years and exhibited in the spring of 2017. Your donation will help us receive this matching grant!

September 6 was declared "Saint Paul Central Day" by both Governor Dayton and Mayor Coleman. 

Thanks to a combination of donations and grants, the plaza, outdoor classroom and pathway to Lexington were funded and are complete! The campus wide environmental improvements were made possible by grants from Capitol Region Watershed District and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. Now 1,434,000 gallons of runoff from the roof and parking lot as well as the plaza area will filter through the ground instead of flowing untreated to the Mississippi River and 1,367 pounds of sediment will no longer erode. Additionally,  4.23 pounds of phosphorous will no longer enter the Mississippi River watershed.

On August 3, the Saint Paul City Council passed a resolution recommending a Saint Paul Neighborhood STAR grant up to $100K for the Transforming Central project if all STAR dollars are not used for other projects or they come under budget.

For more detailed information visit our webpage or our Facebook page

If you prefer to send a check our address is: 

Transforming Central

P.O. Box 40123 Saint Paul, MN 55104

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