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 940 students.
Academically, the Fort Thomas Independent School District consistently ranks among the top three 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 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 5A, District 5 (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 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.
Highlands has participated in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown, currently the nation's largest annual prep football event. In 2013, Highlands won its game in this event, which was also part of the ESPN High School Football Kickoff.
Fort Thomas Highlands has won 23 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, '12 and '14). 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 26 state football championships.
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 (876 wins heading into the 2016 season).
Entering the 2016 season, Highlands has an overall winning percentage of 78.19%.
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 60 consecutive winning seasons, dating back to the 1956 season.
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 2016 season, Highlands has played in 1137 games against 136 different opponents, including 141 games against 27 different Ohio programs, two games against two different Indiana programs and two games against two different Florida programs.
Of the 101 seasons of football Highlands has played, 91 of those have been winning seasons (eight have been losing seasons and two have been even seasons).