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.

- 2018-2019 School Calendar

HCHS Boys Basketball ScheduleHCHS Girls Basketball Schedule

- Employee Handbook, Code of Conduct, HCHS Student Handbook

The Harlan County Black Bear Football Team and senior member Austin Caudill were honored for their display of patriotism prior to the start of the Bell County game on Friday.

Harlan County High School Senior Kylie Royce loves to tell stories. She tells them so well, in fact, that she was named a state 2018 Kentucky Youth Storytelling Torchbearers.

AG Commissioner visits HCHS; honors Junior Chef Team

Students facing extended absences from school eligible for school district’s home hospital program

HCHS Raider team earns top honors; ranked first in region 

Rhileigh Alred, a senior at Harlan County High School, has been named the Monticello Banking Company Student Citizen Award recipient for August. 

2018-2019 National Honor Society officers for Harlan County High School

Hall gets glimpse of life at Naval Academy; Planning to pursue his military dream

- HCHS Sophomore Olivia Hensley attends Congress of Future Medical Leaders

- Carlye Whitaker, a freshman at Harlan County High School, recently participated in the Health Career Summer Enrichment Camp hosted by the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health and the Southeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center in Hazard. 

HCHS’s Ashley joins Henson, others on ARI Student Senate 

HCHS team chosen for Shark-Tank 3D Printing Stem Camp at Louisville 

HCHS’s Brett Roark completes Naval Academy’s STEM program

Ceremony marks opening of HCHS agricultural center; ‘Amazing things’ to come with program and FFA 

- Harlan County High School captures 6th annual Kentucky State Fair Junior Chef Championship


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, 8/22/18  
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #2, 8/27/18  
- HCHS Scholarship Memo #3, 9/21/18  
2019 Governor's Scholars Program  
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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!

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