Central Tech History

On July 20, 1967, the first meeting of the Central Oklahoma Area Vocational Technical School Board of Education was held. That board hired the first Superintendent for the new school district, John H. Hopper, on November 13, 1967. 

In August 1968, citizens of the Central Vo-Tech school district approved a $935,000 bond issue for construction and equipping the original building in Drumright.

The first classes were held on the new campus on August 22, 1970. In the meantime, classes in Practical Nursing were conducted in a rented school building in Drumright.

A second campus was developed in Sapulpa in 1978 in a former discount retail center on the city’s south side.

Growth continued in Drumright as an adult training facility was built in 1973, a driving range for Truck Driver Training was developed in 1974, and a 30,000 sq. ft. Trade and Industrial Education building was built in 1977. A graphics communications building opened in 1979, an administrative and high technology addition was made to the original structure in 1983, a 4,608 sq. ft. addition made to the north end of the main building in 1988 and a telecommunications wing was added in 2001.

In 2011, a 16,000 sq. ft. pipeline and safety training center was built in Drumright to expand business and industry services. In 2014, the Industrial & Safety Training Center in Sapulpa was built to expand business and industry services and house the full-time HVAC program. The legal name for the technology center was officially changed to Central Technology Center in 1995, and its marketing name to Central Tech, when the state vo-tech system became Oklahoma CareerTech.

Central Tech is a top performer in the Oklahoma CareerTech system ranking high in job placement for graduates. It is the only technology center to be awarded the Gold Star School Award for excellence in technology education since inception in 1990.

Today, Central Tech serves more than 22,000 enrollments and provides customized business and industry training to more than 500 area businesses.

A HISTORY IN PICTURES

1960

The board hired the first Superintendent, John H. Hopper.

November 13, 1967

The board hired the first Superintendent, John H. Hopper.
1st meeting of the Central Oklahoma Area Vocational Technical School Board of Education.

July 20, 1967

First meeting of the Central Oklahoma Area Vocational Technical School Board of Education.
Construction on the Drumright Central Tech Campus

August 1968

$935,000 bond issue approved for Drumright construction.
1969 ground breaking of Central Tech in Oklahoma

1969

Breaking ground on Drumright Campus.

1970

1970 Dedicated and first classes at Central Tech in Drumright

August 22, 1970

First classes were held. Practical Nursing classes were conducted in a rented school building in Drumright.
Adult Training Facility in 1973 at Central Tech

1973

Adult training facility added.
Truck Driver Training driving range developed.

1975

Driving course for Truck Driver Training developed.
Student drew an owl to represent Central Tech as the mascot. 

Mid-70s

Student drew an owl to represent Central Tech as the mascot. 
Trade & Industry building built at Central Tech in Drumright OK 

1977

Industrial Training was expanded with a 30,000 square foot building in Drumright.
2nd campus developed in Sapulpa. 

1978

Second campus developed in Sapulpa. 
Graphic Communications building opened at Central Tech in Drumright

1979

Graphic Communications building opened in Drumright. 

1980

Industrial Facility at the Sapulpa campus of Central Tech in 1982

1982

Opened the Industrial Facility in Sapulpa.
1983 Motorcycle Award

1983

U.S. Department of Education Secretary's Award for Outstanding Vocational Education Program: Motorcycle Repair
An administrative and technology addition added. 

1983

An administrative and technology addition added in Drumright. 
Addition to north end of building. 

1988

Addition to north end of building in Drumright. 
Truck Driver Training facility at Central Tech in 1989

1989

Truck Driver Training becomes a statewide program and expands its facilities.

1990

Carolyn Hughes Hall of Fame

1990

Carolyn Hughes, Central Tech Board Member, inducted into Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame.
The Incubator at Central Tech in Drumright Oklahoma

1991

Created the Center of Business Development in Drumright (also known as the Incubator).
Business and Industry Services training at Central Tech

1992

Expanded BIS Training in Drumright and Sapulpa.
Ron Vandever

February 1, 1993

Ron Vandever named as second superintendent at Central Tech.
Legal name changed to Central Technology Center; marketing name, Central Tech, state vo-tech system became Oklahoma

1995

Legal name changed to Central Technology Center (aka Central Tech for marketing purposes), state vo-tech system became Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.
Phil Waul

July 1, 1998

Phil Waul named third Central Tech Superintendent.
John Hopper Hall of Fame

1999

John Hopper, Central Tech Superintendent, inducted into Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame.

2000

Central Tech wins the National Telecommunications Award

2001

National Telecommunications Award for exemplary program serving as an educational model.
Telecommunications wing added. 

2001

Telecommunications wing added in Drumright. 
Arthur Foster Hall of Fame

2003

Arthur Foster, Central Tech Board Member, inducted into Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame.
Senator Ted Fisher Hall of Fame

2007

Senator Ted Fisher, Central Tech Legislator, inducted into Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame.
Central Tech developed a statewide pipeline training facility

2007

Developed Statewide Pipeline Training.
Turning Point established at Central Tech in Oklahoma

2008

Established Turning Point, a drop out recovery program.
Central Tech recognized as Oklahomas first Safet Center of Excellence

2009

Central Tech is recognized as Oklahoma's first Safety Center of Excellence.

2010

Pipeline and safety training center built. 

2011

The Phil Waul Pipeline & Safety Training Center opened on the Drumright Campus. 
Central Tech awared the Gold Star for the 24th consecutive year

2014

Awarded its 24th consecutive Gold Star award and is the only tech center to receive this honor every year since its inception in 1990.
The Industrial & Safety Training Center and HVAC was built.

2014

The Industrial & Safety Training Center and HVAC in Sapulpa was built.
Sapulpa Rt. 66 Bridge