McCreary Central High School

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McCreary Central High School is a high school located in Stearns, Kentucky, United States. The school was built in 1978 by combining McCreary County High and Pine Knot High Schools. The school recently underwent restructuring, which tiers class assignments of student around college readiness or EPAS benchmarks.


McCreary Central High School was one of only two high schools in the area[clarification needed] to reach its NCLB goals. Over the past three years,[when?] school-wide ACT scores have consistently improved. The school is considered to be an "On Site Center" for CTE courses and houses nine different CTE programs.


McCreary Central High School's colors are maroon and gold, derived from the maroon of McCreary County High and gold from Pine Knot. The Raiders are the official mascot of McCreary Central, representing teams in both boys' and girls' basketball, volleyball, softball, baseball, football, wrestling, golf, and girls soccer as well as cheerleading. The school also offers other clubs and programs centered on athletics. Carl Michael (Mike) Coffey lead the Boy's basketball team to 10 straight County Championships from 1991-2001. Coach Coffey retired after the 2001 season. His assistant Monte Shane Daugherty took the reigns leading them to 10 County titles, two district, and 1 regional championship over the next decade.