Heath High School (Kentucky)

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Heath High School
4330 Metropolis Lake Road
West Paducah, Kentucky 42086
United States
Coordinates 37°04′43″N 88°47′36″W / 37.078665°N 88.793389°W / 37.078665; -88.793389Coordinates: 37°04′43″N 88°47′36″W / 37.078665°N 88.793389°W / 37.078665; -88.793389[1]
Established 1910
Closed 2013
School district McCracken County Public Schools
Principal John Reid
Teaching staff 35.9 (FTE) (as of 2007-08)[2]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 534[3] (2012–13)
Student to teacher ratio 17.9 (as of 2007-08)[2]
Campus type Rural
Color(s) Black and Gold
Athletics KHSAA
Team name Pirates

Heath High School was a secondary school operated by the McCracken County Public Schools district in the rural community of West Paducah, unincorporated McCracken County, Kentucky, near the largest city in the state's far-western Purchase region, Paducah. Established in 1910, the school served students in grades 9-12. It closed in June 2013 in advance of the August opening of a new McCracken County High School, which consolidates Heath, Reidland and Lone Oak High Schools.


For many years, the school shared a campus with Heath Elementary School and Heath Middle School, but by the time of the high school's closure, the elementary school had moved to a new campus on the opposite side of Metropolis Lake Road.[4]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Student groups and activities at Heath High School included 4-H, book club, concert and marching band, choir, drama club, environmental club, FBLA, FCCLA, FFA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, fitness club, Friends of Rachel, Frisbee, Habitat for Humanity, National Honor Society, pep club, SADD, Spanish club, student council, and yearbook.


The school's sports teams, known as the Heath Pirates, competed as members of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. The football, cross country, and track teams competed in enrollment Class 2A (the KHSAA divides schools into enrollment-based classes in those three sports only). Teams were also fielded in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, and volleyball.[5]

State championship titles held by the school's teams include:

  • 1929 Kentucky Boys Basketball State Champtions[6]
  • Football: 1986 (A)[7]
  • Boys Baseball All A State Champs: 2004[citation needed]
  • Girls Softball All A State Champs: 2005 & 2009[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Heath High School". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  2. ^ a b "School Detail for Heath High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  3. ^ "2012–2013 Audited School Enrollments (in alphabetical order)" (PDF). Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Our Schools". McCracken County Public Schools. Retrieved June 15, 2013.  The street address of Heath Elementary is 4365 Metropolis Lake Road. Heath Middle's address contains a typographical error; the street number is listed as 330 instead of the correct 4330.
  5. ^ "Heath High School KHSAA Directory Entry". Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  6. ^ "Past Winners: Boys' Basketball" (PDF). Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  7. ^ "Past Winners: Football" (PDF). Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  8. ^ Joyce, Mike (1999-10-08). "STEVEN CURTIS CHAPMAN "(Speechless)" Sparrow; GEOFF MOORE "Geoff Moore" Forefront". Washington Post. p. N18. Chapman wrote the comforting ballad after three students were slain at his alma mater, Heath High School in Paducah, Ky. 
  9. ^ Griego, Tina (1992-11-15). "A Race Against All Odds". Los Angeles Times. p. 1J. Karnette grew up Betty Petty-much to the delight of her classmates-in Paducah as the Depression was ending. She attended Heath High School... 
  10. ^ "Daniel Webb". Retrieved 11 April 2017. 

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