|Hopkinsville High School|
430 Koffman Drive
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Christian County Public Schools|
|Principal||Dr. John Gunn|
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Student to teacher ratio||17.13|
|Color(s)||Black and Orange|
|Nickname||Home of the Tigers/Hoptown High|
|Team name||Tigers/Lady Tigers|
|Website||Hopkinsville High School|
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.
Teachers boycotted graduation exercises, in May 1998, after the school board granted diplomas to three seniors. The circumstances were investigated by state officials. 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.
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. 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. The Tigers Basketball team has won the KHSAA Region 2 Championship 5 out of the last 6 years. Advancing all the way to the Final Four in 2013.
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
The marching band joined with cross-town-rivals 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 Grant Jones.
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.
The Band of Tigers continued their path of history by winning their 3rd straight Class 4A West Region Championship on October 21st, 2017. On October 28th, 2017 the Band placed 1st at the Class 4A Semifinals competition at South Oldham High School, claiming a spot in Finals for the 3rd time. That night the Band of Tigers competed at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky and placed 2nd in Class 4A receiving the title of Runner Up. The Tigers fell to first time champion Anderson County HS.
On October 20th, 2018 the Band of Tigers won their 4th consecutive 4A West Regional Championship. The next Saturday they advanced to KMEA 4A State Finals yet again after placing 2nd at the State Semifinals competition.
- Robert A. Baker (1921–2005) psychologist, "ghost buster" and skeptic
- Edward T. Breathitt, 51st governor of Kentucky
- Jerry Claiborne, college football coach and member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
- John Miller Cooper (1912–2010), basketball jump shot innovator and pioneer of kinesiology
- Bell Hooks (1952- ), academic and author
- Artose Pinner (1978-), American football player.
- Curtis Pulley, American football player, selected as Kentucky Mr. Football 2004 after his senior year.
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- "Christian County Board of Education v. Morris, 207 Ky. 221 (KY, 1925)", Kentucky Court of Appeals, February 10, 1925
- "Teachers Boycott Graduation Ceremony", Lexington Herald-Leader, May 24, 1998
- "BOARD'S ORDER TO RAISE GRADES QUESTIONED", Lexington Herald-Leader, May 31, 1998
- "CODY BLASTS BOARD THAT LET FAILING STUDENTS GRADUATE", Lexington Herald-Leader, June 20, 1998
- Mike Fields (March 24, 1985). "HOPKINSVILLE WINS 65-64 OVER CLAY FOR STATE CROWN". Lexington Herald-Leader. pp. C1.
- "McDonald's Classic records", Erie Times-News, January 10, 2007. Accessed February 17, 2008.
- *Powell, Robert A. (1976). Kentucky Governors. Danville, Kentucky: Bluegrass Printing Company. p. 106. OCLC 2690774.
- Jerry Tipton (July 1, 1990). "BUSY CLAIBORNE TO JOIN HALL OF FAME". Lexington Herald-Leader. pp. D1.
- "1989 Dawahares-Kentucky High School Athletic Association Sports Hall of Fame Inductees" (PDF). Kentucky High School Athletic Association. Retrieved 2008-02-17.
- "Jerry Claiborne". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved 2008-02-18.
- 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."
- 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."