Union Central High School, Columbia, Louisiana, Caldwell Parish The origins of Union Central High School is a testament to the foresight and the determination of a group of African Americans who valued education. It’s beginnings were traced to the late 1800’s when church and community schools formed the backbone of a healthy civic support system. The various schools consolidated , hence, Union Central High School was established. Its first high school graduate was in 1937. The Panthers endured and thrived until they were closed with the advent of integration. Their story is our story.