Principal's Message

Welcome to Harlan Community High School, the home of the Cyclones!

Harlan Community High School is a community school the includes the towns of Corley, Defiance, Earling, Harlan, Jacksonville, Panama, Portsmouth and Westphalia.  We are a school of approximately 530 students in grades 9-12, located in southwest Iowa.  

Academically, our students rank above the state average in both the ACT and the Iowa Assessment tests.  We offer students the option to take 16 college credit classes through the dual enrollment program in our building.  Eighty percent of our graduates further their education at the post-secondary level.  Over the last three years, 95% of our students who enrolled as freshmen at a four year college are still enrolled three years later.  

The HCSD adopted a 1:1 technology initiative starting with the 2012 school year.  Student involvement is a key component of our educational success.  We have won a state leading 13 football championships, state volleyball championships in 2013 and 2014, and won 8 state Jazz championships.  Our students compete in 17 varsity sporting events, Band, Vocal, Speech and can belong to over 20 clubs or organizations. 

Public education in Iowa must now prepare student for global competition.  Our focus is on student centered classrooms and inquiry as a strategy to meet tomorrow’s challenges.  I believe we have the educators at HCHS that will meet the challenge of continual improvement, staying true to our motto, “joined as one, we will get the job done.”


John Connell
High School Principal

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HCHS StuCo recognized as 2018 National Gold Council of Excellence
HCHS Student Council recognized as 2018 National Gold Council of Excellence.
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2018 Cyclone Boys Basketball Camp
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