Highlands High School (HHS) is a part of the Fort Thomas Independent School District, located in Northern Kentucky's Campbell County, within the Greater Cincinnati area.
Highlands is a co-educational public high school with a total enrollment (grades 9-12) of approximately 820 students.
Academically, the Fort Thomas Independent School District consistently ranks among the top two school districts in Kentucky, and Highlands High School consistently ranks among the top public high schools in Kentucky.
The Student Sports National High School Football Record Book has named Highlands the top public-school prep football program in Kentucky, and one of the top 50 prep football programs in the nation.
Highlands is a member of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) and has been a member since 1920.
Highlands' football team is classified as Kentucky Class 4A, District 7 (Kentucky has six football classes; 1A is for the smallest schools and 6A is for the largest schools).
Highlands is a member of the Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference (NKAC) and has been a charter member since 1922.
Highlands has won 30 consecutive playoff games and six consecutive state football titles heading into the 2013 season, the longest current postseason win streak in Kentucky.
Highlands has participated in the Herbstreit Football Series, an event that longtime recruiting analyst Tom Lemming has referred to as "by far, the best high school event ever staged." In 2007, the Bluebirds won their game in this prestigious event.
Fort Thomas Highlands has won 22 official Kentucky state football championships (in 1960, '61, '64, '68, '70, '75, '77, '81, '82, '89, '92, '96, '98, '99, 2000, '04, '07, '08, '09, '10, '11 and '12). No Kentucky team has won more state football titles than Highlands.
The Highlands Bluebirds claim three unofficial "mythical" Kentucky state football championships, in 1930, '43 and '57 (Kentucky did not have a statewide championship system prior to 1959). Thus, Highlands has won a total of 25 state football championships.
The Bluebirds are tied with one other school for the nation's longest current state title win streak, with six.
Highlands has finished the season ranked nationally in the top 25 a total of eight times (in 1982, '96, '98, '99, 2000, '04, '07 and '09). The Bluebirds have also been ranked in the year-end USA Today Super 25 five times (in 1982, '96, '98, 2000 and '09), including a national third-place finish in 2009.
Highlands ranks second in the entire nation and first in Kentucky with respect to total number of wins (842 wins heading into the 2013 season).
Entering the 2013 season, Highlands has an overall winning percentage of 78.22%, the second-highest overall winning percentage in the state of Kentucky.
Highlands ranks first in the state with 13 undefeated football seasons (in 1930, '57, '60, '61, '64, '68, '70, '82, '96, '98, 2007, '09 and '11).
Highlands has a current streak of 57 consecutive winning seasons, dating back to the 1956 season.
The Bluebirds have an overall varsity record of 87-3 over the past six years (2007 through 2012).
Highlands has sent graduates to play football for major Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS, formerly Division I-A) colleges and also in the National Football League (NFL).
Highlands has been playing football since 1915.
Heading into the 2013 season, Highlands has played in 1093 games against 132 different opponents, including 140 games against 27 different Ohio programs and two games against two different Indiana programs.
Of the 98 seasons of football Highlands has played, 88 of those have been winning seasons (eight have been losing seasons and two have been even seasons).