Paintsville High School
Paintsville High School is a secondary-level school located in Paintsville, Johnson County, Kentucky and is part of the Paintsville Independent School District. Its student enrollment as of 2006 was 344 in grades 7 through 12. The average student to teacher ratio in classes at Paintsville High School is 14:1.

Paintsville Independent Schools was organized in 1889 originally as the Paintsville Free Graded School, and in 1892, the first building of Paintsville High School was built. It ravaged by fire shortly thereafter, and was rebuilt. The early curriculum at Paintsville High was formidable. Eighth grade students studied subjects including physiology, U.S. History, geography, drawing, algebra, writing and moral philosophy. The ninth through twelfth grades studied and even harder curriculum, with subjects such as English, physics, advanced algebra, chemistry, trigonometry, surveying, bookkeeping and mental philosophy. The student population was only 185 students with four teachers in 1894. Paintsville High School has enjoyed success in athletics throughout the years, including state championships in basketball and baseball , though it is known more for its successes in academia. Some graduates from Paintsville High School had received doctorates by the late 1920s and early 1930s, in disciplines including education, chemistry, medicine and physics. Military academies accepted graduates as well, some of whom attained field grade officer ranks, and one of which made the rank of rear admiral following World War II.

Recent test scores
Since 2003, Paintsville High School has exceeded the state averages in all subjects tested, for all grades tested (the only grade that doesn't get tested is ninth) on the Kentucky Core Content Test (KCCT). Additionally, since 2003, Paintsville High has also surpassed the national averages on the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS) exam, in all subjects. Also as of 2009 Paintsville is ranked as the 3rd district in the state on the ACT exam given to all juniors in the state.

Student diversity
The percentages of student diversity of Paintsville High School are: White, not Hispanic: 97% Black, not Hispanic: <1% Asian/Pacific Islander: <1% Hispanic: <1% American Indian/Alaskan Native: <1%

2009 Bronze Medal - America's Best High Schools by US News

Notable alumni
  • John Pelphrey, 1987 Kentucky "Mr. Basketball", currently head men's basketball coach for the Arkansas Razorbacks.
  • J. R. VanHoose, 1998 Kentucky "Mr. Basketball", played collegiate basketball at Marshall University from 1998-2002.
  • Landon Slone, formerly played guard for the Kentucky Wildcats.
  • Johnnie LeMaster longtime shortstop of the San Francisco Giants.


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