Hopkinsville High School

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Hopkinsville High School
430 Koffman Drive
Hopkinsville, Kentucky 42240

United States
Coordinates 36°50′35″N 87°30′27″W / 36.843°N 87.5075°W / 36.843; -87.5075
Type Public high school
School district Christian County Public Schools
Principal Todd Marshall
Faculty 55 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 1027[1] (2005-06)
Student to teacher ratio 18.7[1]
Color(s) Black and Orange[2]         
Athletics conference KHSAA[2]
Team name Tigers/Lady Tigers[2]

Hopkinsville High School is a four-year public high school located in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, with over 1,000 students. It is operated by the Christian County Public Schools school district.


There was controversy in 1925 when the Christian County Board of Education was found to be failing to maintain a high school within its county seat but it was determined that the arrangements made with Hopkinsville High School met the legal requirements. Subsequently, administration was taken over by the Christian County Public Schools school district.[3]

Academic standards[edit]

Teachers boycotted graduation exercises, in May 1998, after the school board granted diplomas to three seniors.[4] The circumstances were investigated by state officials.[5] Education Commissioner Bill Cody said the Christian County school board's action was "an awful decision" and probably illegal but the students were allowed to make up their courses at summer school.[6]


Hopkinsville High School competes in the Kentucky High School Athletic Association. The school mascot is the Tiger and the school colors are black and orange.[2]

In 1965 and 1966, the Hopkinsville High School football teams won the state AA football title with undefeated seasons, under coach Fleming Thornton.

In 1985, the boys' basketball team won the state title.[7] The 1985 team also won that year's McDonald's Classic, defeating DeMatha Catholic High School of Hyattsville, Maryland by a score of 74-69 in the tournament final.[8]

Hopkinsville High School is also one out of four high schools in Kentucky to have an indoor swimming pool on campus.

Other extra-curricular activities[edit]

The marching band joined with cross-town-rivials Christian County High School in 2008. The idea came about in the summer break of 2007, when the indoor drumline program would be conjoined. Indoor drumline was a success, and the two schools joined for the regular marching season. The band is used the name CoHop, representing Christian County High School and Hopkinsville High School.

However, they have recently split back up into two different bands.

During the 2015 KMEA Marching Band season, the Hopkinsville marching band made school history by advancing to the Finalist round, earning 4th place in class AAAA. The band is currently led by J. Seth Peveler.

On October 29, 2016, the Hopkinsville High School Marching Band again made history by claiming the title of Class AAAA State Champions at the KMEA State Marching Band Championships. This is the first time in school history that the band has won a state championship, and their second appearance in Finals competition since the creation of the KMEA SMBC.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Hopkinsville High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Hopkinsville High School Directory Entry - (# 131)". Kentucky High School Athletic Association. December 18, 2007. Archived from the original on March 13, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  3. ^ "Christian County Board of Education v. Morris, 207 Ky. 221 (KY, 1925)", Kentucky Court of Appeals, February 10, 1925
  4. ^ "Teachers Boycott Graduation Ceremony", Lexington Herald-Leader, May 24, 1998
  5. ^ "BOARD'S ORDER TO RAISE GRADES QUESTIONED", Lexington Herald-Leader, May 31, 1998
  6. ^ "CODY BLASTS BOARD THAT LET FAILING STUDENTS GRADUATE", Lexington Herald-Leader, June 20, 1998
  7. ^ Mike Fields (March 24, 1985). "HOPKINSVILLE WINS 65-64 OVER CLAY FOR STATE CROWN". Lexington Herald-Leader. pp. C1. 
  8. ^ "McDonald's Classic records", Erie Times-News, January 10, 2007. Accessed February 17, 2008.
  9. ^ *Powell, Robert A. (1976). Kentucky Governors. Danville, Kentucky: Bluegrass Printing Company. p. 106. OCLC 2690774. 
  10. ^ Jerry Tipton (July 1, 1990). "BUSY CLAIBORNE TO JOIN HALL OF FAME". Lexington Herald-Leader. pp. D1. 
  11. ^ "1989 Dawahares-Kentucky High School Athletic Association Sports Hall of Fame Inductees" (PDF). Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 2008-02-17. 
  12. ^ "Hall of Famers". National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  13. ^ via Associated Press. "PINNER MAY HAVE BEEN TOO OLD FOR SENIOR YEAR", Lexington Herald-Leader, April 28, 1998. Accessed February 17, 2008. "Hopkinsville High School's career leading rusher, Artose Pinner, may have been too old to compete in his senior year, according to school officials."
  14. ^ Cosby, Chip. "FUTURE REMAINS CLOUDY FOR FRUSTRATED PULLEY", Lexington Herald-Leader, December 19, 2006. Accessed February 17, 2008. "Pulley was named 2004 Kentucky Mr. Football after his senior year at Hopkinsville High School, and he was one of the gems of the Cats' 2005 recruiting class."

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