For over 120 years, Paris High School has been a community icon of progress, tradition, diversity, and pride. In 1894, a standard four-year high school was organized in Paris under the direction of Professor E.W. Weaver and Professor Frank Walker. The first commencement exercise was held in 1897.
Since that time, Paris High School has established itself as a premier academic institution being nationally recognized as one of America’s best high schools by U.S. News and World Report receiving bronze medal recognition in 2007 and 2008. Paris High also boasts two National Merit Finalists (1993, 2009) and a National Merit Semi-finalist (2008).
Since 2007, Paris High School has partnered with Maysville Community College offering a dual credit program to juniors and seniors and Workforce Development dual-credit courses in Allied Health to 9-12 students. Starting in the spring of 2020 the University of Kentucky started offering dual credit classes on campus through the Next Generation Scholars program. Additionally, the Racer Academy through Murray State University started in 2020 for juniors and seniors. Since the inclusion of dual credit, approximately forty percent of Paris graduates have entered college with three to twelve hours of college credit.
Student achievement is Paris High School’s number one priority. Faculty and staff expect academic excellence. When students enter PHS, they are guaranteed a first-class, high-quality education. In addition to our academic achievements, Paris also claims an award-winning band, competitive academic team, select clubs and activities, and a strong tradition of athletics. Every day, faculty, staff, and students strive to continue the longstanding tradition of Paris Pride.