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HCS 150 History

2019 Marks 150 Years of Public Education in Henderson

The purpose of the Sesquicentennial year of celebration is for the community of Henderson to reflect and value the history and traditions of Henderson County Schools while providing momentum for a future of providing extraordinary public education.



The community is invited to bring in Henderson County public education artifacts, photos, and memorabilia beginning from 1869, the initial year an act to organize and establish a system of public schools in Henderson was passed. Please bring items to the library during normal business hours for historical archival starting January 16th and continuing through March 31st.


“Public education is the cornerstone of our community, and we want the celebration of 150 years of Henderson County Schools in 2019 not only to involve our schools but also the entire Henderson community. We are appreciative of the Henderson County Public Library, the Community Depot room, and our history committee for their support and commitment to preserving the history of our public education system for future generations,” states Marganna Stanley, Superintendent of Henderson County Schools.


1869, March 15th The Henderson High School was incorporated, and on the same day, an act to organize and establish a system of public schools in Henderson was passed.

“This magnificent institution has proven a great blessing to the youth of the city and the county. Its educational advantages are of the highest order and terms very reasonable. In Fact, so much so no young man or woman need go without a first-class education.  There are two competent teachers employed, a principal and assistant, under the supervision and control of the Superintendent of the public schools,”


1869, June 1st     An act was passed incorporating the Henderson Public School and authorizing by a majority vote of the citizens the issue of a fifty thousand dollar city bond for the purpose of erecting a suitable building for school purpose.  The Board of trustees was established.


HCS Sesquicentennial Series

(events subject to change)


  • January 16th-Kick off Celebration- A Sesquicentennial Kick-Off Celebration was held on January 16th at 2:00 p.m. at the Henderson County Public Library Rotunda area. The student-designed logo for the Sesquicentennial was unveiled, and a City/County proclamation was presented to mark the occasion.




  • Bonnet Film Night
    Tuesday, March 5th
    5:30 p.m.
    HCS Professional Development Center 




  • April 16th-150th day of school 
  • Special Treat/Cupcake
  • Library Guest Speaker-History



Education “Listening” Tour

May 4th at 10:30 a.m.

John James Audubon State Park Museum



-History Display Board in community



-History Display Board in community

-Summer Reading

Read 150- the first school to show their students have taken 150 AR tests will receive $150 for their library.



WINDOW DISPLAYS in community-education/history theme- Back to School


-Alumni Nights-Elementary



150 Giving- Students collect 150 items for local nonprofits. Canned goods, toiletries, etc.


Christmas Parade float theme



We want to see your Pictures!!!

Like and Share our HCS 150 Facebook Page


History Scavenger Hunt

Find items and post and share!


Letter Jacket/Sweater

Report Card


Band/Choir Program

FFA memorabilia

Class ring

Homecoming or Prom picture

Oldest Basal Reader

Sports Shoes