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Shelby County High School (Kentucky)

Shelby County High School is a public high school in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Kentucky. The school was established in 1960 and later absorbed Shelbyville High School, remaining the only high school in the district until the opening of Martha Layne Collins High School in 2010 to meet overcrowding concerns. The split of the school cut the school's population roughly in half.

Shelby County High School
1701 Frankfort Road (US 60)

Coordinates38°12′37″N 85°10′44″W / 38.21015°N 85.179°W / 38.21015; -85.179Coordinates: 38°12′37″N 85°10′44″W / 38.21015°N 85.179°W / 38.21015; -85.179
MottoLearning for life - Success for all
School districtShelby County Public Schools
PrincipalMargo Whisman
Enrollment1,053[1] (2016–17)
Color(s)Navy Blue, Vegas Gold, and Slate Grey
RivalsMartha Layne Collins High School
Oldham County High School
Spencer County High School
Anderson County High School
Henry County High School
Feeder schoolsShelby County East Middle School


Shelby County High School is located in Shelbyville, KY, approximately 30 miles east of Kentucky's largest city, Louisville. Primarily a rural community, Shelbyville has also experienced progressive industrial growth in the past 10–15 years. 1200 +/- students attend Shelby County High School, grades 8–12.

Shelby County is unusual among U.S. high schools because it, like neighboring Martha Layne Collins High School, houses grades 8–12, while most schools house grades 9–12. However, the 8th Grade students at the two high schools are merely housed there, and are enrolled as students at their respective middle schools, in addition to participating in after-school activities there (Shelby West for Collins, Shelby East for SCHS).

Shelby County High School is accredited through Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The average ACT composite score is 21.5 and SAT average is 1100. SCHS offers courses to guide students along the right paths to college and careers.

Classes at the Advanced Placement and Honors level are offered in all core areas plus art and agriculture. Qualified seniors may earn up to six college hours through Jefferson Community and Technical College courses taught next door at JCTC. There are also classes in horticulture/agriculture, business, family and consumer science and technology, as well as opportunities through the Marine Corps Junior ROTC unit. Classes work on a block schedule format where students attend five 73 minute classes per day per semester.

There are a number of school-based enterprises to give students hands-on knowledge of marketing products as well as co-op assignments with local businesses throughout the year. Additional vocational programs such as pre-nursing are available at the Shelby Area Technical School located directly behind SCHS.

The students also have the option to take foreign language, band, orchestra, chorus, drama, dance, art, and television production. Students can also participate in the Student Technology Leadership Program. A state-of-the-art media center/library and computer lab along with a Kentucky Technology Learning Network system provides assistance for students, in addition to Extended School Services (tutoring, independent study, winter/summer school sessions).

Students are required to have 27 credits to graduate. Nineteen sanctioned sports and a host of extracurricular activities add to the positive atmosphere at SCHS. A School Resource Officer and other conflict-resolution programs promote a safe learning environment.


Shelby County is a member of the KHSAA (Kentucky High School Athletic Association) and participates in many sports such as baseball, boys' and girls' basketball, boys' and girls' cross country, football, boys' and girls' golf, boys' and girls' soccer, fast pitch softball, swimming, boys' and girls' tennis, boys' and girls' track, volleyball, and cheerleading.[2] They are nicknamed the Rockets (for boys' sports) and Lady Rockets (for girls' sports). The school colors are Navy Blue, Vegas Gold, and White.[2]


  • State Runner-up: 1966, 1991, 2007
  • State Championships: 1979

Boys' basketballEdit

  • District Championships (since 1997–98 season): 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014[3]
  • Regional Championships: 1948, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1990, 1993, 1994, 2006, 2008, 2010[4]
  • State Championships: 1966, 1978

Girls' basketballEdit

  • State Runner-up: 2000


  • State Championships: 1987
  • State Runners-up: 1963, 1976, 1977, 1993


  • State Championship: Madison Thomas 2014

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Shelby County High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-23. Retrieved 2010-02-28.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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