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

- Iin an effort to improve system practices, Harlan County High School is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/7155581. Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

- 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.  

Jordan Smithharlandaily.com - Monday night Harlan native Jordan Smith garnered a four-judge standing ovation for the second week in a row on the hit reality television show ‘The Voice.’ Singing the gospel hymn, ‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’, Smith sat alone on stage in the darkness with just a piano and a spotlight, pouring his heart and soul into the song he says he knew would make him vulnerable on the show — a risk he was willing to take.

Coach Adam Levine ran to the stage after the performance, scooping Smith into a bear hug before country music star and fellow coach Blake Shelton thanked Smith for his song choice, citing a heavy heart after the tragic weekend events in Paris. “Coming off the weekend and the horrible things that happened over in Paris and kind of having a heavy heart the past few days,” Blake Shelton begins. “Thank you for that. It was beautiful.” Coach Pharrell Williams urged everyone to go straight to iTunes and download the song. Levine echoed Shelton’s sentiments about the weekend events in Paris, saying Smith makes him feel as though there is hope. “Sometimes there’s so much about the world that’s so confusing and so sad and then you come along and make us feel like there’s a lot of hope,” Levine says. “There’s just this two and a half minutes we listen to this guy singing and all of a sudden get to feel this sense of rejuvenation and for a minute … you don’t think you’re going to get to feel again.” Read More!

- 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.

- 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.

- 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 # 1 - September 15, 2015
- Memo #2 - November 9, 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!