CINDERELLA – Mingo Central High School, in only its 6th year of existence, looks to honor and add to the rich traditions of its predecessors by vying for its first state athletic championship on Friday, December 2, 2016, in the WVSSAC Class AA State Football Championship.
The second-ranked Miners carry their undefeated record to Wheeling Island Stadium against the fifth-ranked Polar Bears of Fairmont Senior High School. Mingo Central bested No. 15 Liberty (Harrison), No. 10 Keyser, and No. 6 James Monroe during their march through the playoffs.
In support of Mingo Central’s students, staff, and communities, Mingo County Schools Interim Superintendent Donald Spence cancelled Friday’s classes at Mingo Central, as well as its five feeder schools. Spence said that it is important for the community to support student achievement in athletics just as they do in academics. Given the long distance to travel from Mingo County to Wheeling, he felt that cancelling school was necessary to give these communities the opportunity to cheer on the Miners just as they once cheered for Burch, Chattaroy, Gilbert, Liberty, Matewan, and Williamson High Schools in the dozens of state championship contests challenged by those schools.
As a result, students and staff in the Mingo Central area, including Mingo Central High School, Burch PK-8 School, Gilbert Elementary and Gilbert Middle Schools, Matewan PK-8 School, andWilliamson PK-8 School, will be required to make up this missed instructional day on the next available out-of-calendar day, Friday, December 23, 2016. Due to a change in West Virginia law and subsequent changes to state board policies in 2013, all schools in West Virginia must offer 180 separate instructional days, and must make up any days missed due to inclement weather, emergency, or extracurricular activities.
Mingo Central Comprehensive High School opened its doors in August 2011 atop a reclaimed mountaintop removal coal mine. Formed in the consolidation of Burch, Gilbert, Matewan, and Williamson High Schools, Mingo Central has garnered many accolades during its brief existence, including recognition from the state department of education for its Premier CTE Center and boasting a graduation rate above 90 percent.
Mingo County Schools serves the people of Mingo County, West Virginia, through its two high schools, five PK-8 schools, one middle school, two elementary schools, and an adult center. Nestled in theAppalachian Mountains of southern West Virginia, we provide our students with access to state-of-the-art technology, curricula, and instruction while maintaining the community-driven approach to education that has been the key to student success for over 100 years.