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.

- 2016-17 School Calendar

- The HCHS Prom (Night at Tiffany's) is Saturday, May 6th. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, January 11th and can be purchased in room 122. Tickets are $50 and can only be bought before school, during first period and during lunch.

- The graduation date for Harlan County High School is Sunday, May 21st

- Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct, Student Handbook, Student Handbook Changes as of 1-23-17: The entire Student Handbook will be updated soon. Please review the changes that have been made for clarification.

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- The Harlan County High School boys and girls basketball teams have had an exciting few weeks with both winning District Championships and the boys moving on to win a Regional title while the girls finished as runner-up. The Black Bears have earned their first trip to Rupp Arena!

- The HCHS cheerleaders win District title

- HCHS Athletic Schedules: - Softball, Tennis, Track

- Harlan County Academic Team wins District 52 Governor’s Cup

- Harlan County High School junior Autumn Dunaway was selected as legislative page for Senator Johnny Ray Turner.

- Members of the Harlan County High School Choir recently participated in the Southeastern Kentucky Music Association's All-Festival Choir in London.

- Harlan County High School teacher Sandy Melton has been selected as a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction by the National Society of High School Scholars.

- Health Career Enrichment Camp

- Five students were recently named to Harlan County School District’s Frank Brittain Academic and Athletic Hall of Fame.

- UK AHEC Summer Enrichment Camp & Health Researchers Youth Academy

- The Harlan County High School Army JROTC has been volunteering at a distribution center in Sevier County, Tenn., an area ravaged by raging and deadly forest fires. The cadets are led by Senior Army Instructor Tim McElyea,  MAJ(RET).

- NHS Induction Ceremony

- The Harlan County High School Dance Team recently held a dance camp for children.  They performed at halftime of the Black Bears football game.     

- Scotty Farmer of Harlan County High School recently attended a highly competitive and very challenging four and half week academic residential program at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center.

- HC grad, KY HOBY alum says participation in global summit ‘life altering’ experience

- The Harlan County High School Bookstore is now online and is your “One Stop Shop” for spirit clothing and spirit accessories.  The Bookstore also offers a variety of school supplies, snacks and designer shirts for any occasion.  In addition, there are pullovers that are suited for any event.  Come and visit the Black Bear Bookstore and support the legendary “Black Bears!”

- Natalie Middleton, a senior at Harlan County High School, has been named the Bank of Harlan’s Outstanding Student Citizen of the Month for August.

- Jared Sizemore, a senior at Harlan County High School, has been named the Bank of Harlan Outstanding Student Citizen of the Month for October.

- David Turner, a senior at Harlan County High School, has been named the Bank of Harlan Outstanding Student Citizen of the Month for November.

- William Bowling, a senior at Harlan County High School, has been named the Bank of Harlan Outstanding Student Citizen of the Month for December.

- Breanna Faulkner, a senior at Harlan County High School, has been named the Bank of Harlan Outstanding Student Citizen of the Month for January.


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.

- HCHS Scholarship Memo #1, September 27, 2016 - HCHS Scholarship Memo #8, January 30, 2017
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #2, September 30, 2016 - HCHS Scholarship Memo #9, February 9, 2017
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #3, December 8, 2016 - HCHS Scholarship Memo #10, February 14, 2017
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #4, January 3, 2017 - HCHS Scholarship Memo #11, February 28, 2017
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #5, January 10, 2017 - HCHS Scholarship Memo #12, March 6, 2017
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #6, January 17, 2017 - HCHS Scholarship Memo #13, March 24, 2017
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #7, January 24, 2017 - HCHS Scholarship Memo #14, April 3, 2017
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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

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

    -Anthony Robbins

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    "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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