15600 School Road
Gulfport, MS 39503
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
5/
10
Bottom 50%
Harrison Central High School serves 1,479 students in grades 9-12.
Harrison Central High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Mississippi for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is top 50%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 38% (which is higher than the Mississippi state average of 37%) for the 2020-21 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 38% (which is higher than the Mississippi state average of 35%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 18:1 is higher than the Mississippi state level of 14:1.
Minority enrollment is 61% of the student body (majority Black), which is higher than the Mississippi state average of 57% (majority Black).

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 1,479 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 61%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 89% (Btm 50% in MS)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 38% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 38% (Top 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MS Dept. of Education

School Overview

Harrison Central High School's student population of 1,479 students has declined by 10% over five school years.
The teacher population of 82 teachers has declined by 7% over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Total Students
1,479 students
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Gender %
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Total Classroom Teachers
82 teachers
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School Rankings

Harrison Central High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 816 schools in Mississippi (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Harrison Central High School is 0.60, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.59. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
This School
State Level (MS)
Overall Testing Rank
#420 out of 816 schools
(Bottom 50%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
(20-21)
38%
37%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Harrison Central High School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of public schools in Mississippi by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
(20-21)
38%
35%
This chart display the percentage of students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Harrison Central High School and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Mississippi by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio
18:1
14:1
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American Indian
n/a
1%
Asian
2%
1%
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Hispanic
5%
4%
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Black
50%
48%
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White
39%
43%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
Two or more races
4%
3%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.60
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Graduation Rate
(19-20)
89%
88%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
100%
100%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for free lunch in Harrison Central High School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for free lunch in Mississippi by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Eligible for Reduced Lunch (19-20)
6%
6%
This chart display the percentage of students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Harrison Central High School and the percentage of public school students who is eligible for reduced lunch in Mississippi by year, with the latest 2019-20 school year data.
Source: 2020-2021 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MS Dept. of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

What schools are Harrison Central High School often compared to?

Harrison Central High Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like West Harrison High School by visitors of our site.

What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?

38% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 37% MS state average), while 38% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 35% MS state average).

What is the graduation rate of Harrison Central High School?

The graduation rate of Harrison Central High School is 89%, which is higher than the Mississippi state average of 88%.

How many students attend Harrison Central High School?

1,479 students attend Harrison Central High School.

What is the racial composition of the student body?

50% of Harrison Central High School students are Black, 39% of students are White, 5% of students are Hispanic, 4% of students are Two or more races, and 2% of students are Asian.

What is the student:teacher ratio of Harrison Central High School?

Harrison Central High School has a student ration of 18:1, which is higher than the Mississippi state average of 14:1.

What grades does Harrison Central High School offer ?

Harrison Central High School offers enrollment in grades 9-12

What school district is Harrison Central High School part of?

Harrison Central High School is part of Harrison County School District.

School Reviews

2   12/8/2017
Most students are neglected here. Unless you're good at something, don't except to get anything good. You're in it alone at this school. They have maybe 5 or 6 good teachers and they are the ones you can barely even get into their class.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - neglected student
1   2/25/2017
As a parent I COMPLETELY 100% agree with the students review. My daughter is a smart, good kid and has been ignored and no one is willing to give her direction. As a freshmen she needs to know how it all works and have guidance. She wants to be involved but can not get any information or direction from ANYONE at the school. It's horrible. The facultys favorite answer to everything is I Don't know and rudely. And then no one trys to help her find the answer. I am thankful I have daughter my daughter to give respect but it must also be given. I'm thankful she is a good smart kid or her future (due to a bad high school experience) could get off to a bad start.
- Posted by Parent - Kristy
2   12/15/2008
I attended Harrison Central in the tenth grade and would never recommend it to anyone. The (majority, definitely exceptions) of the teachers really do not care about their students and would better be defined as baby-sitters. The school has a less than 50% graduation rate, and it is for a reason. I left to attend a much better school and now attend one of the best universities in the country. I know for sure that I would not be attending such a great school if I had stayed at HCHS.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - Kyled

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 1,479 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 18:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 61%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 89% (Btm 50%)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Bottom 50%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 38% (Btm 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 38% (Top 50%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), MS Dept. of Education

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