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.

- School Calendar

- Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct, HCHS Student Handbook (Updated 11/14/19)

- Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College: SKCTC Scholarship Application, SKCTC COVID-19 Contacts & Updates, SKCTC Freshman Orientation

- HCHS ​2020-2021 Pre-Registration

- Harlan County High School Link Crew Leader Application

- Anyone interested in playing golf for Harlan County High School during the 2020 season will meet at the Sleepy Hollow club house in Cumberland on Wednesday, June 10th at 5 p.m. Boys and girls are welcome. You must be in the 7th grade and up for the 2020-21 school year to participate. Important information concerning the upcoming season will be discussed and mandatory forms will be given out. CDC guidelines for numbers of people allowed and social distancing will be followed. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Coach Greg Lewis via email at greg.lewis@ Harlan.kyschools.us or by phone at (606) 273-4693.

- Anyone who missed the most recent meeting and is planning to try out for the Harlan County High School Dance Team may pick up a packet at the high school before Friday, June 12, 2020. The packet will be available at the front desk and includes information about virtual tryouts.

- Congratulations to the 2020 Graduates from Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College

- Congratulations Class of 2020 from SKCTC President Dr. Vic Adams

- Information regarding COVID 19, Letters to Families and Staff Assignments for Students can be found on the District CDL page located at http://harlan.kyschools.us/cdl.html.


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 - HCHS Scholarship Memo #8Harlan Soil Conservation Scholarship ApplicationJackson Propane Scholarship Application
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #2,  Ralph Gabbard Memorial Broadcast Scholarship ApplicationTony Turner Memorial Broadcast Scholarship ApplicationWYMT Mountain Classic Scholarship Application - HCHS Scholarship Memo #9Cumberland Valley Electric ScholarshipI Am Unite Scholarship Packet
- Governor's Scholar InformationGovernor's Scholar General Criteria - HCHS Scholarship Memo #10EHSASA ApplicationClarissa Brigmon Scholarship Application
- DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) essay opportunity for students in grades 9-12 - HCHS Scholarship Memo #11Mission of Home Scholarship ApplicationHall Alumni Scholarship Application
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #3KSBA First Degree Scholarship Program - HCHS Scholarship Memo #12Agents Farm Bureau Scholarship ApplicationFarm Bureau Federation Scholarship ApplicationNeed Based Scholarship ApplicationCommercial Bank Scholarship
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #4 - HCHS Scholarship Memo #13Harlan Community Scholarship Application
- Rogers Scholars Application - HCHS Scholarship Memo #14Fred & Betty Jo Hass ScholarshipLoyall Alumni ScholarshipWhitfield ScholarshipSKCTC Scholarship
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #5 - HCHS Scholarship Memo #15The Frazier Foundation ScholarshipReecie Stagnolia Jr. Memorial ScholarshipMike Burke Scholarship
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #6Lynch Alumni ScholarshipLynch Alumni Application - HCHS Scholarship Memo #16Harlan Co. COAL Scholarship Application
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #7Ed Miracle Scholarship ApplicationAppalachian Wireless Scholarship Application  
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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 Band
  • Harlan County High School Art
  • Harlan County High School Choir