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Harlan Independent Schools
420 E. Central St.
Harlan, KY  40831
Phone: 606-573-8700

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NICHE.COM Ranks HHS #22 in KY

Carnegie Mellon University’s Niche.com has recently recognized Harlan High School as an exceptional academic institution. Founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students, Niche.com provides reviews and rankings of more than 120,000 K-12 schools across the country. Among Kentucky’s best was Harlan High School ranked #22. Other Schools in the region making the ranking were Hazard High at #35 and Corbin High at #19. Topping the list this year was Louisville’s DuPont Manual.

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Harlan Independent - Distinguished - High Performing District

With the release of the 2013-2104 Unbridled Learning test results Harlan Independent Schools has found itself in familiar territory – at the top of the class and rated as a Distinguished school district for the second year in a row.

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Harlan Ind. Welcomes New Staff

Each new school year there are lots of new faces roaming the halls at Harlan Independent and this year is no exception. With the start of the 2014-2015 school year HHS has welcomed two new teachers to the Green Dragon Family.

Teaching in the English Department is Mr. Steven Palmer, originally from Springfield, Tennessee. He received his Bachelors Degree in Political Science with a minor in English Literature from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is  a member of the Teach for America Corps and is more than thrilled to have found a home at Harlan High. Prior to entering into the teaching field, he held several Student Development positions with his university including: Senior Resident Assistant, Vice President of the Student Body, and Diversity and Equity Coordinator. Mr. Palmer also spent a two-year stint working as a research assistant for The Kennedy Law Firm in Clarksville, TN. He Loves the spoken, written, and performed word and  thrilled to be able to share this passion with my students. When he is not teaching, he is trying to get outdoors and see this beautiful land.

HHS ACT Scores Outpace State and National Averages

HARLAN, KY – Students from Harlan Independent continue to outpace state and national averages on the ACT exam. Results from the 2013-2014 administration of the ACT show that Harlan High School students outperformed the state average in every assessment area (English, Math, Reading, and Science) culminating with a 21.8 average composite ACT score, nearly 2 points higher than the state average of 19.9. HHS students have outscored the state over the last 5 years and this years results are the highest in recent school history. According to Superintendent, C.D. Morton, “We are really excited to see these kinds of results from our students, when your average student is able to achieve nearly a 22 on the ACT, you know you are getting your core curriculum correct. We have work to do, because we believe we can do even better in the future.”


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Harlan Independent Schools
420 E. Central St.
Harlan KY 40831

Phone: 606-573-8700