Central Nine students have the unique opportunity to take culinary arts to the next level by running the campus restaurant, To The Nines!

Open to the public on select Fridays

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm 

Dates of operation

Open 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm 

Fall 2023
August 25 
November 3 
December 1 
Spring 2024
January 26 
February 9 
March 8 
April 19
May 3 

Created by Students

Students in the Culinary program cover a wide variety of topics while operating The Commons Cafe, and the campus restaurant, To The Nines.

Topics include...

…how the food industry functions and what to expect as a prospective employee; safety and sanitation; cross-training in a variety of professional positions in both the front and back of the house; general kitchen workflow; food identification; nutrition; baking; customer service; the business aspect of running a restaurant; and so much more.

Students Earn...


Call or fill out the form to make your reservation. The restaurant may also be available for private events during school hours.

Contact To The Nines for more information. 

Parking on Campus

OPEN ON SELECT FRIDAYS 12:00 pm - 1:45 pm 

The early years

Early 1970

Nine School Corporations join forces to establish the first area vocational center for Johnson and Marion County. 


April 28th, 1970

A temporary Governing Board is established and Richard Thomas is elected as the first (temporary) president. 

The board makes a proposal for a Continuous Feasibility Study for an area vocational school. 


September 21, 1970

Board members review (and choose a site for campus). 



October 8th, 1970

Board members vote to name the center; Central Nine Vocational Technical School. 

Other names that were up for consideration: “John-Mar” (or “Johnson-Marion”), “Central Nine”, “Leatherwood”, and “whetzel Trace”. 


April 15th, 1971

Architect, Ray Thompson, from James Associates presents the final site and building plans for Central Nine. 



May 13th, 1971

James E. Hixson is made the first director of Central Nine.