Martha Layne Collins High School

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Martha Layne Collins High School
801 Discovery Blvd.


Coordinates38°13′27″N 85°16′24″W / 38.22417°N 85.27333°W / 38.22417; -85.27333Coordinates: 38°13′27″N 85°16′24″W / 38.22417°N 85.27333°W / 38.22417; -85.27333
School districtShelby County Public Schools
PrincipalJoseph Ellison III
Enrollment1,014[1] (2014-15)
School color(s)Columbia Blue, Black, and White
Feeder schoolsShelby County West Middle School

Martha Layne Collins High School is a Distinguished comprehensive high school located in Shelbyville, Kentucky and is a part of the Shelby County Public School District. Commonly referred to as Collins High School, the school is named for Martha Layne Collins, the first female governor of Kentucky and a Shelby County native.[2]

Collins is unusual among U.S. high schools because it, like neighboring Shelby County 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.) The facilities are located on a 110-acre (44.5 ha) property.


Collins High School was built in 2010 after Shelby County High School, the other public high school in the school district, became overcrowded.


Collins High School is a member of the KHSAA and participates in many sports including baseball, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls cross country, football, boys and girls golf, boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls soccer, fast pitch softball, swimming, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls track, volleyball, and cheerleading. They are nicknamed the Titans and Lady Titans. The school colors are Columbia Blue, Black, and White.


2013 4A State Champions [3]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2015, Collins High School was deemed a Distinguished High School by the Kentucky Department of Education and its Biomedical Engineering Program became nationally accredited by Project Lead the Way. In 2014, Collins High School was named the 5th Most Challenging High School in the state of Kentucky by the Washington Post.[4] Also in 2014, the Culinary Department at Collins made the Hospitality 100 list released by Sullivan University honoring high schools across the country that excel in culinary arts.[5]


  1. ^ "Martha Layne Collins High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  2. ^ Josh Moore (July 27, 2009). "Collins glad to have 'home' school". Shelbyville, KY: Sentinel News. Retrieved March 3, 2010.
  3. ^ "Collins captures first 4A state title". WDRB. WDRB. Retrieved 8 December 2013.
  4. ^ Jay Mathews (April 14, 2013). "America's Most Challenging High Schools". Washington, DC: The Washington Post. Retrieved June 23, 2014.
  5. ^ "List of Hospitality 100 Schools". Retrieved June 23, 2014.

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