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: Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball

- 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.  

- The Harlan County High School Youth Service Center will sponsor a Financial Aid Electronic filing for seniors on Tuesday, February 9th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the first floor computer lab. Parents are encouraged to attend and should bring their IRS W2 forms, Social Security numbers, and license number. For more information call 573-3006.

- The Harlan County High School Dance Camp will be Monday, February 22nd and Thursday February 25th  in the high school cafeteria from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The cost for the camp is $25. This includes dance instruction, a free tee shirt and a performance at the District Basketball tournament hosted by HCHS during the week of February 29th. The camp is open to students up to grade six.

- Three inducted into HCPS Brittain Hall of Fame

- Jordan Smith, former HCHS student and Season 9 winner of the Voice, returns home: Harlan Daily, WKYT, WBIR

Jordan Smithwbir.com - From Harlan to Hollywood…Jordan Smith is the season nine winner of "The Voice."

The humble southern Kentucky singer wowed over all four judges and inspired America from the beginning. His unique sound led to countless standing ovations and landed him at the top of the iTunes singles chart a record number of times.

During the finale performances, judge Pharrell Williams exclaimed that America was ready for Jordan Smith to make a record. Now, he'll get that chance. As the season nine winner, he gets a recording contract with Republic Records.

MORE: Jordan Smith, Emily Ann Roberts cover range of songs in finale

If his iTunes success has been any indication, lots of people will be anxiously awaiting his debut album.

It was clear even from Jordan's blind audition back in summer that he had his own style that couldn't be imitated. His flawless performance of "Chandelier" brought the judges to their feet and had each one trying desperately to get him on their team.

His eventual coach, Maroon 5 front man Adam Levine, told Jordan in that moment that he believed the world needed a person like Jordan.

RELATED: Jordan Smith's military cousin supports him from overseas

"I think you're the most important person that's ever been on this show," Levine said.

Adam even began calling Jordan his "unicorn," to emphasize just how rare he was as a singer and a person.

Read More! Throughout the course of the show, Jordan somehow found a way to raise the bar week after week, but remained humble all along. Adam Levine described Jordan's semi-final rendition of "Somebody to Love" the best performance in the show's nine years. And yet, Jordan came into the finals and topped it with three more incredible songs.

Below are some of Jordan's performances on Season 9 of NBC's, "The Voice". Harlan County High School is very excited for Jordan and proud to call him one of our own!
- Blind Audition - Chandelier - Who You Are - Climb Every Mountain
The Voice
- Set Fire to the Rain - Hallelujah - Without You
- Halo - Somebody to Love - Jordan Smith Wins 'The Voice"
- Like I Can - God Only Knows  
- Great Is Thy Faithfulness - Mary, Did You Know  

- 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.

- East Kentucky students want investment to launch region's post-coal economy 

- Katelyn Reynolds, a senior at Harlan County High School, has been named The Bank of Harlan Outstanding Student Citizen of the Month for August.

- Whitney Barger, a senior at Harlan County High School, has been named The Bank of Harlan Outstanding Student Citizen of the Month for September.

- Braydan Roark, a junior at Harlan County High School, has been named The Bank of Harlan Outstanding Student Citizen of the Month for October.

- Rhett Alred, a junior at Harlan County High School, has been named the Bank of Harlan's Outstanding Student Citizen of the Month for November.

- Cameron Carmical, a junior at Harlan County High School, has been named the Bank of Harlan's Outstanding Student Citizen of the Month for December.

- HC choral students among 673 Students from 49 States and Territories performing in National Honors Choir

- To Honor Veterans Day, the Honor Guard and the HCHS Color Guard visited Green Hills Elementary School to demonstrate the folding of the flag and talk to students about the true meaning of a Veteran.

- HCHS takes top honors in academic competition

- The National Honor Society of Harlan County High School recently conducted a group service project for Christ’s Hands

- The senior membership of the Harlan County High School Chapter of the National Honor Society recently held elections for officers.

- The Harlan County High School Marching Band “the small band, with a big sound,” performed their best show on Saturday October 31, 2015 (on Halloween). 

- The Harlan County High School opened their competition season with a 2nd place win in Lexington on Saturday, November 7th. 


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 #4 - February 1, 2016
- Memo #1 - September 15, 2015 - Memo #5 - February 2, 2016
- Memo #2 - November 9, 2015 - Memo #6 - February 9, 2016
- Memo #3 - January 6, 2016  
  • 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!