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.

- Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP)

- School Calendar

- Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct, HCHS Student Handbook

- 2024 Harlan County High School Spring Sports Schedule

- 2023/2024 Honor Ragalia Information

- Affording Higher Education
Affording Higher Education is a book of financial aid programs for Kentucky students pursuing a higher education. This year’s edition of Affording Higher Education has information on more than 6,000 different sources of financial aid for Kentucky students. https://www.kheaa.com/web/ahe.faces

Harlan County High School - Google Classroom

The staff at Harlan County High School have created a Google Classroom for in-person students to utilize. Assignments and information missed due to sickness, etc. will be made available. The link above provides each teacher, their course, classroom link and also their classroom code. Please contact your teacher or the school at 606-574-2020 for more information.

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 #11
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #4 - HCHS Scholarship Memo #12
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #5 - HCHS Scholarship Memo #13
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #6 - HCHS Scholarship Memo #14
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #7 - HCHS Scholarship Memo #15
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #8 - HCHS Scholarship Memo #16
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #9 - HCHS Scholarship Memo #17
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #10 - HCHS Scholarship Memo #18

  • Harlan County High School


    "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!

  • Harlan County High School Academic Team
  • Harlan County High School Band
  • Harlan County High School Art
  • Harlan County High School Choir