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.

- 2015 - 2016 School Calendar

- Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct

- Athletic Schedules: Girls Volleyball, Football (Varsity, JV & Freshmen)

- Club Day Schedule for 2015 - 2016

- Instrument drive to benefit the Harlan County Band Program: As the Harlan County band program's numbers grow, so is the demand for instruments.  We are looking to the community for donations to fund this wonderful opportunity.  If you have instruments in your closets, garages or know someone that is looking to donate instruments, please consider putting your instrument in the hand of a student who can use it today. You can drop your instrument off in the office at any Harlan County school or contact one of the band directors at (606) 574-2020 ext. 3550 to make arrangement for pickup. If we are in class, please leave a voice mail with your name and phone number and we will be get back to you as soon as possible.  

- HCHS Graduate, Jordan Smith, moves forward on 'The Voice' - Harlan Daily Enterprise: Jordan Smith, a 21-year-old Harlan native now living in Tennessee, is a contestant on NBC’s ninth season of “The Voice.” Passing the first leg of the competition, Smith is now a member of Team Adam as he moves forward in his musical journey.

Speaking with Team Adam’s publicist Shauna Wynne, who will be representing Smith, she said on Tuesday, “Jordan has a very unique voice …Jordan grew up in a musical family. His father was a professional pianist and his mother is a singer, so making the decision to pursue singing at Lee University, in Cleveland, Tennessee, where he performed at the Presidential Inauguration with his choir, was an easy choice. Jordan wants to show people it is OK to be yourself, even if you’re different, on The Voice.”

Read More! Judges on “The Voice” were unanimous Monday night in declaring Smith and his unique voice to be something special.

- The HCHS Dance Team will have a Dance Camp for children on Monday, September 28th and Thursday, October 1st.  The cost is $25 which includes the dance instruction, free tee shirt and performance at the high school football game on October 2nd.  Please contact Ms. Carruba or any dancer for more information.  You may register on the first day of camp also. 

- The formal induction of new members of the National Honor Society will take place on Wednesday, October 7th at 6 pm in the auditorium.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

- The PSAT will be offered at HCHS on Wednesday, October 14th.   Juniors wishing to sit for the PSAT must sign up in the Counseling office with Mrs. Asbury no later than Thursday, October 1st.  The fee for Juniors is $15.00 and must be paid in cash or check (payable to HCHS) on the day you come to sign up. Seating for Juniors is limited.  Anyone planning to apply for the Governor’s Scholar Program must have taken the ACT, or PSAT.  Anyone planning to apply for the Governor’s Scholar Program is encouraged to take the test.

- The HCHS Talent Show is scheduled for Friday, October 16th during 4th & 5th period. We will start selling tickets in the cafeteria ($2) on Monday, October 12th. 

- The HCHS Prom is scheduled for Saturday, April 30th at the Harlan Center.

- The Harlan County Walking Club walks on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00-11:30 on the indoor track at Harlan County High School.  Free and open to the public.  All ages are welcome.  Walk, jog, or run at your own pace.  Walking Club is open all year round, except for snow days and holidays.  Enter at the top gym entrance (4 brick columns facing U.S. 119).  For more information, contact: Cecilia Adams, Community Education Director for Harlan County Schools at 606-573-4330, x2061 or cecilia.adams@harlan.kyschools.us.

- Hensley Receives Award

- HCHS pair makes all-national choir; to perform on historic opry stage

- Harlan County High School’s Cameron Carmical recently was named a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador and participated in the HOBY summit held on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond in June.

- Lewis Honored for 13 Years of Perfect Attendance


Scholarship Opportunities

Important Scholarship opportunities for the current school year will be posted below 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.

- Senior Scholarship Teacher Letter
- Memo # 1 - September 15, 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!