Harlan County High

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Harlan County High School Building Harlan County High School
Founded 2008

"In response to those who say to stop dreaming and face reality...I say keep dreaming and make reality."
-Kristian Kan
Harlan County High School Gymnasium Compete

"Winning isn't everything, but the will to win is everything"
-Vince Lombardi
Harlan County High School Atrium Dream Big
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!


ACT Online Prep

- Click here to view instructions for logging on to the ACT Online Prep Program (English III, Biology, Algebra II). If you have any difficulty logging in, please contact the teacher for which the assignment was given.

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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.

- 2017-18 School Calendar, 2018-2019 School Calendar

- Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct, Student Handbook

- HCHS Spring Sports Schedules: BaseballSoftballTennisTrack & Field

- Over 14,000 people participated in the Forging Innovation in Rural Education (FIRE) summit hosted by the 22 school districts of the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) in Pikeville on April 11.

- Harlan County High School senior Paul Browning IV has received recognition for becoming the first HCHS student to complete criminal justice courses in the dual credit program provided at his high school by Eastern Kentucky University. 

- Congratulations to Harlan County High School Senior Breanna "Breezy" Epperson on being awarded the Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution scholarship for her first place essay on "What it Means to Be A Patriot." 

Macie Marie Napier, a senior at Harlan County High School, has been named the Monticello Banking Company Student Citizen Award recipient for September.

Morgan Napier, a senior at Harlan County High School, has been named the Monticello Banking Company Student Citizen Award recipient for October.

- Breanna Epperson, a senior at Harlan County High School, has been named the Monticello Banking Company Student Citizen Award recipient for November.

Chelsey Caldwell, a senior at Harlan County High School, has been named the Monticello Banking Company Student Citizen Award recipient for December.


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.

Memo #1, August 17, 2017 Memo #11, February 15, 2018
Memo #2, August 30, 2017 Memo #12, February 21, 2018
Memo #3, October 11, 2017 Memo #13, March 2, 2018
Memo #4, November 27, 2017 Memo #14, March 5, 2018
Memo #5, November 30, 2017 Memo #15, March 8, 2018
Memo #6, December 7, 2017 Memo #16, March 13, 2018
Memo #7, January 9, 2018 Memo #17, March 16, 2018
Memo #8, January 10, 2018 Memo #18, March 26, 2018
Memo #9, January 29, 2018 Memo #19, April 16, 2018
Memo #10, February 5, 2018  
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    "Creative activity could be described as a type of learning process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual."

    -Arthur Koestler

  • Harlan County High School Front Intrance


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

    -Anthony Robbins

  • Harlan County High School Auditorium


    "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!

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  • Harlan County High School Choir