Harlan County High

Home of the Black Bears

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Founded 2008

"In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality...I say keep dreaming and make reality."
-Kristian Kan
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"Winning isn't everything, but the will to win is everything"
-Vince Lombardi
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When our students walk down our halls, we want them to feel a sense of belonging and pride.

"Go confident in the direction of your dream...Live your life the way you've imagined."
-Henry David Thoreau


The administration and staff of Harlan County High would like to welcome each student and their parents to our school. This is an exciting time for us as we enter another year of existence and continue to offer many new courses and facets to learning in a ‘state of the art’ educational setting. Our curriculum has been established to prepare our students for a smooth transition into the workforce, armed forces, technical or college education. It is our desire that all students become an active school member; our high school offers many sports and extracurricular activities to meet the needs of ALL our students.


About Us

Harlan County High School is located between the historical mountain chains of Pine Mountain and Black Mountain. HCHS is a centrally located, modern facility with 1,300 students in grades 9-12 unifying the communities along the Clover Fork, Martin’s Fork, and the Poor Fork rivers. This facility brings educational opportunities for Harlan County’s students into the 21st Century, providing them with the tools necessary for competing for jobs in today’s global economy. Read More!


News & Announcements

For a complete listing of announcements and news related to HCHS, please visit the Harlan County Public Schools News page and the HCHS Bear Tracks School Newspaper.

- 2014 - 2015 Amended School Calendar

- 2015 - 2016 School Calendar

- Summer Professional Development Offerings

- Students that are enrolled for Dual Credit Psychology (PSY 110) this fall at HCHS need to purchase their book before school starts.  The college is requiring a new edition of the book for this class. The name of the book is:  Introduction to Psychology: Gateways to Mind and Behavior - 14th Edition. The book will be available at the bookstore at Southeast or can be purchased or rented online at amazon.com, just follow this link.

- PT PROS will be providing free sports physicals for grades 5-12 on Friday, June 5, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at PT Pros in Harlan, located in the Harlan Professional Building next to Harlan Cinema 4. The location is different than that announced earlier this month due to ongoing construction.

- The ARH Daniel Boone Clinic will be providing free sports physicals to students on Friday, June 26, all day in the pediatric department. Students should bring their insurance card and personal identification with them. Insurances will be billed but all co-pays will be waived. Any uninsured student will not be charged for the visit.

- HCHS sophomores ‘test’ to earn dual credit

- The Harlan County High School Community Problem Solving Team recently conducted workshops during the Action Research Summit at the East Kentucky Expo "Innovation in Rural Education."  

- HCHS choir advances to state; scores perfect at district festival

- The Harlan County High School Choir Participates in the 22nd annual Bluegrass Choral Music Festival held at the University of Kentucky

- Harlan County High School Choir officers are completing their terms for the year

- Brody Belcher, a senior at Harlan County High School, receives the Bank of Harlan Outstanding Student Citizen of the Month award

- Dual credit classes expand at HCHS, students can now earn 42 college credits while in high school.

- HCHS’s ACT Scores Rise - Superintendent commends students, staff for hard work: Scores for Harlan County High School’s juniors rose on the latest round of ACT testing. The average composite score for the top 50 students was 24.04, and the average score for the top 100 students was 21.91.


Scholarship Opportunities

Important Scholarship opportunities for the current school year will be posted here and on our guidance page as they become available. All files will open as .pdf documents. If you don't have Adobe Reader, you can click HERE to download the most current version. Be sure to check back often and review each document closely as application deadlines must be met.

Memo #1, September 8, 2014 Memo #9, February 2, 2015
Memo #2, October 15, 2014 Memo #10, February 25, 2015
Memo #3, October 29, 2014 Memo #11, March 16, 2015
Memo #4, November 25, 2014 Memo #12, March 20, 2015
Memo #5, December 8, 2014 Memo #13, March 23, 2015
Memo #6, January 7, 2015 Memo #14, March 26, 2015
Memo #7, January 15, 2015 Memo #15, April 1, 2015
Memo #8, January 28, 2015 Memo #16, April 13, 2015
  • Creativity

    "Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual"

    -Arthur Koestler

  • Determination

    "Determination is the wake-up call to the human will"

    -Anthony Robbins

  • Imagine

    "Every child is born blessed with a vivid imagination. But just as muscle grows flabby with disuse, so the bright imagination of a child pales in later years if he ceases to exercise it."

    -Walt E. Disney

Public Notice

No person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, residence, religion, sex, disabling condition, age, or marital status, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination in any educational program, activity of, or employment practice by the Harlan County School System in compliance with Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504.


Harlan County High School is committed to educate every student to a high level, accept no excuses for failure, and understand the value of hard work by students and staff. Our culture of success will support systems in the school that encourage and even reward hard work.

We are HC!