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ore than 90 high schools across the 24-county region compete in more than a dozen sports on a varsity level each year. Most compete under the guidelines of the Missouri State High School Activities Association, and others under the sanction of the Missouri Christian School Athletic Association.

Southeast Missouri schools and athletes have won hundreds of state championships in a variety of athletic competitions, including baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball and wrestling since high school sports first began locally more than 120 years ago.

Much of the historical high school information on this site was gathered by Al Jackson, a longtime Southeast Missouri high school sports advocate and historian whose hard work allows us to share the great teams, athletes and stories of past years. Al died in 2018, and we dedicate these pages to him.





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The 1954-55 team was the first at Central to win 20 games in a season. Front row: Paul Booker, Charles Goodman, P.J. Jackson, Odell Bennett, Lawrence Boone; back row: coach Charles Smith, Bennie Caldwell, John Cooper, Melvin Cooper, Lucious James, Clenzie Kyles. Click here to see more photos and share yours in our forum.

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Hayti Central

Hayti Central High School, home of the Tigers, was located in Hayti. The school was one of several segregated schools for black students in the area; it competed in the Missouri Negro Interscholastic Athletic Association (MNIAA) until the MSHSAA removed the color barrier in 1952 and allowed MNIAA schools to join. The school closed in 1968, and its students transferred to Hayti High School.


Boys basketball

1967-68  |  10-10  |  George Green
1966-67  |  10-9  |  George Green
1965-66  |  8-16  |  George Green
1964-65  |  5-10  |  George Green
1963-64  |  11-7  |  George Green
1962-63  |  7-15  |  Charles Smith
1961-62  |  6-18  |  Charles Smith
1960-61  |  9-12  |  Charles Smith
1959-60  |  5-15  |  Charles Smith
1958-59  |  6-13  |  Charles Smith
1957-58  |  21-5  |  Charles Smith
1956-57  |  21-4  |  Charles Smith
1955-56  |  20-6  |  Charles Smith
1954-55  |  20-4  |  Charles Smith
1953-54  |  15-6  |  George Carter
1952-53  |  13-7  |  George Carter
1951-52  |  13-8  |  George Carter
1950-51  |  10-10  |  George Carter
1949-50  |  14-8  |  George Carter
1948-49  |  17-3  |  W.L. Young
1947-48  |  9-7  |  W.L. Young
1946-47  |  10-6  |  W.L. Young
1945-46  |  10-6  |  Claude Johnson
1944-45  |  11-6  |  J.E. Brodie
1943-44  |  6-5  |  J.E. Brodie
1942-43  |  5-9  |  J.E. Brodie
1941-42  |  6-7  |  Horatio McNeil



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