Harlan County Board of Education

251 Ball Park Road

Harlan, KY 40831

Superintendent:  Mike Howard

Ph:  606.573.4300

Building Data:

Building Area: 213,000 S.F.

Construction Cost: $36,667,000

Student Capacity: 1,300

Project Status: Complete

The New Harlan County High School replaces three high schools. This state-of-the-art facility is equipped with specialty classrooms, including computer labs, 6 science lecture labs, business, marketing, information technology and technology education classrooms. The school features a 500-seat auditorium, a 3,500-seat gymnasium, band and choral areas, a business suite and a freshmen wing/suite. Thoughtful Design: Clotfelter/Samokar has taken full advantage of the beautiful landscape and intricate site. Harlan County High School is oriented so classrooms provide a spectacular view of the Cumberland River while flooding each room with ambient northern light. Throughout the school, natural light has been incorporated wherever possible. This design is the first of its kind for an educational facility in Kentucky. The main entrance celebrates the original high schools in Harlan County.


Innovative HVAC: Harlan County High School contains an HVAC design that uses river water to heat and cool the facility. To ensure saving to the Owner, a traditional geothermal system was also bid. The water loop heat pump system presented substantial savings for the school district.