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Central Hardin High School

Coordinates: 37°40′32.18″N 85°54′25.06″W / 37.6756056°N 85.9069611°W / 37.6756056; -85.9069611

Central Hardin High School
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MottoWe Are Central
PrincipalTim Isaacs
Enrollment1,813[1] (2016-17)
School color(s)              
NicknameBruins and Lady Bruins
Feeder schoolsEast Hardin Middle School,
West Hardin Middle School

Central Hardin High School is a school located in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, a city of over 28,000 people in the west-central portion of the state.[2] Although the school is within the city limits, it is served by the post office of the community of Cecilia, much of which has recently been annexed by "E-town". It is one of three county high schools in the Hardin County School System. The school is a school-based decision-making school. The council of twelve members including two administrators, six teachers, and four parents began operation in December 1995.


Hardin Central Junior High was built and opened as a brand new school in 1976, Cletus Coats was the first principal. The name was reversed to Central Hardin and opened as a high school in fall of 1990. East and West Hardin High Schools became middle schools with their high school students going to the new Central Hardin High. Cletus Coats went to West to replace Dan McCamish who transferred to Central Hardin as Principal. Economy of the community is based on agriculture/farming, industry, service jobs, medical, small business and military. The community is served by Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. The community is very supportive of the school as 267 volunteers logged in 20,987 hours last year.

2008 tornadoEdit

During the early morning hours of February 6, 2008 a tornado ripped through the school, damaging the football field, freshman center, main gym, and main entrance.[3]

School plantEdit

  • 55-acre (220,000 m2) campus
  • 242,276 fully air-conditioned square feet in main building
  • 92 classrooms
  • 1 large gym
  • 1 auxiliary gym
  • 9 fully equipped computer labs for writing, math, business and science
  • 6 chemistry, biology, and physics labs
  • 1 fully equipped media center
  • 1,600-square-foot (150 m2) greenhouse
  • outdoor facilities for football, baseball, softball, soccer, and tennis

Faculty and staffEdit

  • 1 high school principal
  • 4 assistant principals
  • 4 guidance counselors
  • 78 teachers
  • 2 library media specialists
  • 1 speech therapist
  • 1 registered nurse

Structure and schedule patternEdit

The school day begins at 8:25 am and ends at 3:30 pm. Schedules are divided into 3 trimesters of 5 classes each. Each trimester is approximately 12 weeks long. Midday, students are allowed an hour lunch period, usually called "power hour." The expectation is for students to use this time to improve their grades and finish work they may have missed, in addition to eating lunch.

Students have a choice of over 140 offerings per year. 26 credits are required for graduation. In addition to the standard diploma, students may earn a Commonwealth Diploma by following an advanced curriculum and receiving credit in at least four advanced placement classes.


Clubs and organizationsEdit


  1. ^ "Central Hardin High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  2. ^ "State Primary Road System: Hardin County" (PDF). Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. July 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2011. On this map, the area within the city limits of Elizabethtown has a pink background.
  3. ^ "Tornadoes of February 6, 2008". National Weather Service. February 6, 2008.

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