Hazard High School

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Hazard High School
157 Bulldog Lane
Hazard, Kentucky 41701

United States
Coordinates 37°15′09″N 83°11′37″W / 37.252416°N 83.193669°W / 37.252416; -83.193669
Type Public
School district Hazard Independent Schools
Superintendent Sandra Johnson[1]
Principal Donald Mobelini[1]
Faculty 21.50 (on FTE basis)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 317[3] (2014–15)
Student to teacher ratio 14.74
School colour(s) Navy and old gold
Athletics conference KHSAA[2]
Team name Bulldogs[1]
Feeder schools Hazard Middle School

Hazard High School is a public high school in Hazard, Kentucky. The school serves about 300 students in grades 9-12 in the Hazard Independent Schools.

Hazard High School's boys' basketball team, the Bulldogs, won state titles in 1932 and 1955, and won the Kentucky All A title in 2004.[4][5] Alumni Johnny Cox and Sam Smith played in the NBA and ABA, respectively.[6][7] Hazard High School's girls' basketball team, the Lady Bulldogs, also won both the All A and Sweet 16 Kentucky state championships in 1997.

The Hazard High School "Band of Gold" was one of ten marching bands chosen to play at George H. W. Bush's presidential inauguration in 1989.[8] It first entered the competitive marching scene in 1987.[9] From 1993 to 1997, the Hazard Band of Gold also competed in the prestigious Bands of America (BOA) national-level marching band contests, placing 3rd in the nation in their class on more than one occasion at the BOA Grand National Championships held in Indianapolis, Indiana, as well as placing 1st in the Class A division at the 1994 Eastern Regionals BOA competition in Morgantown, West Virginia.

The school received national[10][11] attention in 1995 when it elected senior Valerie Cornett as its first African American homecoming queen. Cornett told reporters, "The young generation is trying to move forward. Here it's like everyone's equal." [10] Hazard High School was desegregated in 1956, after Brown v. Board of Education. The school was integrated with Liberty High School.[12]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Hazard High School website". Hazard High School. Retrieved November 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Hazard High School Directory Entry - (# 119)". Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Retrieved September 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Hazard High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 11, 2017. 
  4. ^ Mike Fields. "Hazard regaining its winning ways". Lexington Herald Leader. February 22, 1985. C4.
  5. ^ Jody Demling. "With help from its 'ghosts,' Hazard wins crown". Lexington Herald Leader. February 9, 2004. 4E.
  6. ^ a b Johnny Cox. Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved on January 10, 2008.
  7. ^ a b Sam Smith. Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved on January 10, 2008.
  8. ^ Dick Burdette. Lexington Herald Leader. December 27, 1988. B1.
  9. ^ http://marching.kyband.com/history/hazard.html
  10. ^ a b "Race isn't an issue in small Kentucky town". Associated Press. Deseret News. November 2, 1995. A10.
  11. ^ "Town with racist past has its first black homecoming queen". Greensboro News & Record. October 30, 1995. A2.
  12. ^ "Liberty High School History". Archived from the original on August 7, 2007. Retrieved January 11, 2008. 
  13. ^ Mongiardo Inaugural Address, Frankfort, KY. December 11, 2007.