On July 1, 1993, Henderson County Schools and Hendersonville City Schools merged to form what we know today as Henderson County Public Schools. Over the past 30 years, HCPS has grown from 19 to 23 schools - including an early college and career academy - and educates more than 12,500 students each year.
From the very first day of school as a unified district, until now, HCPS has been committed to growing and nurturing each child that comes through its doors!Read the full press release about the HCPS 30th Anniversary Celebration
Mills River Academy established “the cradle of education in Henderson County”
The General Assembly passed the North Carolina Public School Act. Each county had to provide half of the funds to run a public school, and the state contributed the rest of the money.
Henderson County Schools established
Hendersonville City Schools established
The last graduating class from Ninth Avenue School held its commencement in May. By the fall of 1965, all schools in Henderson County and the city of Hendersonville were integrated.
Henderson County Public Schools established on July 1, 1993 upon the merger of the city and county school systems
Apple Valley Middle, North Henderson High, and Upward Elementary opened
Glenn C. Marlow Elementary opened
The new Fletcher Elementary School building opened for staff and students
Clear Creek Elementary opened
Sugarloaf Elementary opened
The new school buildings for Hillandale Elementary and Mills River Elementary opened for staff and students
Henderson County Early College opened on the Blue Ridge Community College campus
Balfour Education Center became Henderson County Career Academy
The Innovative High School Building opened on the Blue Ridge Community Campus for Career Academy & Early College
Edneyville Elementary’s new school building opened
Hendersonville High School renovation and new building opened