Hancock High School Purpose
Hancock High School celebrates 52 years as an educational institution for the students living in Hancock County. With the changing global society and the diversified needs of our students, Hancock High School has expanded and enlarged programs and offerings to ensure that our students are “Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow.” Throught a commitment to excellence by students, staff, parents, and conscientious community members such as you, Hancock High continues to rise to the challenge of “Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow.” Our goal is to celebrate every student’s achievement and to build a bridge that will embrace our past and build our future through the Renaissance movement.
Hancock High Achievements
- Class of 2020 reported over $8.9 million in scholarship offers
- 74 students are College and Career Ready according to ACT
- 20 Eminent Scholars (29 or higher on ACT) before March 2020
- HHS students have received over $83 million in scholarship offers over past five years
- Ranked #2 out of all high schools in the state of Mississippi in 2014
- Leading Renaissance school in Mississippi
- Recognized by ACT as a high performing school
- ACT Honor Roll 2015
- Over 45 seniors scored 25 or higher on the ACT
- Average ACT of 30 for the top 10% of the class of 2019
- Average ACT of 20.1 for all students
- Graduation rate has increased in last five years
- Over 12 Award Winning Career and Technical Programs
- Listed as a top performing high school in the nation by S. News and World Report for eight consecutive years
- 10 National Merit Finalists over the past several years
- Increased number of students taking Dual Credit College courses
- Top performing Beta Club in state of Mississippi and Nation
- Increased the number of students achieving a College Preparatory Curriculum
- Mississippi High School Activities Association recognized every athletic team as Scholar Athletes. (All teams have a combined QPA 3.0 or higher.)
History Of Hancock High
Hancock High began on Tuesday December 13th, 1955 with the creation of the Hancock County School District and the consolidation of the following community school districts: Sellers, Dedeaux, Kiln, Leetwon, Caesar, Catahoula, Flat Top, Aaaron Academy, Gainesville, Logtown, Gulfview, and Clermont Harbor. Next, on Friday March 7th, 1958, the Hancock Board of Education approved the bids for the construction of what would become Hancock North Central for a total of $375,953.84 to be completed for the 1958-1959 school year.
Construction began and was completed at the end of the 1959 school year. As a symbolic gesture of the newly created school district, one district guardian was held on the Hancock North Central campus with 34 students present; it was the beginning of our long and historic journey.
Classes began on August 28th, 1959, marking the opening of the new 1st – 12th grade state of the art campus. A rich tradition of excellence and pride grew as Hancock County and Hancock North Central continued to grow. In 1987, the Hancock County Board of Education had a vision of creating a more modern facility that would be more centrally located and that could meet the needs of the quickly growing county. Hancock High was born.
Our current facility on Stennis Airport Drive was constructed and completed for the 1990-1991 school year at a cost of $9.2 million. Classes began that August with an enrollment of 1000 students in grades 7th-12th being served and the first graduation was held in May of 1991 with 117 graduates participating. Hancock High has continued to grow in prestige and population, becoming one of the top high schools in the state of Mississippi. Today, Hancock High has a student population of almost 1300 students in grades 9 through 12 and is the 14th largest high school in the state of Mississippi.
What Is A Hawk?
A hawk is a strong, majestic, beautiful bird of prey that soars gracefully above the rest. A Hancock Hawk is no different. As the eighth high school in the state, Hancock has a reputation of excellence. With amazing teachers and other faculty pushing us to do our best, Hawks have no other choice than to excel in all we do. Being a Hawk means having P>R>I>D>E> It means displaying Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Discipline, and Excellence. It means striving for the best in academics and pushing ourselves by participating in numerous extracurricular activities. Being a Hawk means being a part of something greater than ourselves and being a member of a huge family of dedicated individuals. It means being willing to learn and accept new ideas. Being a Hawk means showing good sportsmanship and leaving everything on the field. It means never giving up and always chasing our dreams. Being a Hawk also means thhat we can actually look forward to coming to school every single day. WIth a club or sport for every interest, there is a unique spot at Hancock for each of us. It is a place of true belonging and acceptance that keeps everyone in its halls motivated and ready to take on any challenge. But as our future grows closer with each new day, being a Hawk most importantly means that we are fully prepared to spread our wings and soar to new heights.