Fern Creek High School: A Tradition Unlike Any Other School in Louisville
Fern Creek High School is proud of its rich history as a community school, educating thousands of students and generations of families. Fern Creek opened its doors in 1923 with a total enrollment of 25 students in the freshman and sophomore classes as the first high school in Jefferson County. The school was a one-story red brick structure on the corner of Fern Creek and Ferndale Roads and contained four rooms. The first graduating class of 1926 had only six students
The Class of 1927 had 15 students, and each class had its own colors. This second graduating class chose blue and white as their colors. Enrollment had grown so much that a second floor (a principal's office, a library, and four more classrooms) had to be added.
By 1929, a gym (that would also serve as an auditorium) and four new classrooms were completed. In 1932, the colors black and gold were adopted as Fern Creek's colors, and in 1936 the student body chose the present-day colors of orange and black and the fight song. (Our school crest remains black and gold today to honor those original colors).
In 1941, many schools were consolidated with Fern Creek. The once-rural community was developing into a middle class town. Fern Creek High School continued to grow, and after World War II, new construction was added to the campus. Portable buildings were added between 1947 and 1950. By this time, Valley, Fairdale, Eastern, and Okolona (now Southern) had joined Fern Creek as county high schools.
In the '60s, even more space was needed, resulting in double sessions. In 1973, the original school building (now called the Annex) that had served as Fern Creek High School for more than 40 years was torn down. In 1974, construction of a new facility was completed, which gave Fern Creek High School and Junior High School the capacity to house 2,500 students.
In the '90s, Fern Creek underwent another extensive renovation, with more than $2.5 million used to update and remodel the facilities. In the mid-nineties the school became Fern Creek Traditional High School with a renewed commitment to academic rigor, discipline, and parent/community involvement.
Today, Fern Creek is one of only three career theme schools in Jefferson County for Communications, Media, and the Arts. The school is considered a Proficient school in the state of Kentucky and has received many accolades for its improvement in student learning. The school removed “Traditional” as part of their school name in 2015.
Since 1923, our school has set high expectations for all partners in the educational process (students, faculty and staff, parents, alumni, and the community) to help our students achieve their dreams. It’s a tradition unlike any other school in Jefferson County.