Grant County High School was approved to offer JROTC to students in grades 9-12, beginning with the 2005-2006 school year. Having been on the waiting list for many years, many thanks are extended to the Les Taylor family for their assistance in bringing JROTC to GCHS.
On 8 Aug 2005 Command Sergeant Major Duffee accepted the position of Senior Army Instructor after serving 11 years as an Army Instructor at Fort Knox HS. He started the program with only 3 Cadets but quickly grew it into as many as 259 Cadets with three Instructors. The program currently has 160 Cadets and two Instructors.
GCHS JROTC has earned the distinction of being a top-ranked unit in the 7th Brigade. They participate in numerous community activities such as 9-11, Veterans Day ceremonies at the Veterans Cemetery North and at the High School, trash clean-up along Hwy 22 from Corinth to Williamstown, and Service Learning projects where they go help out a Veteran in need, just to name a few. The unit also has a Raider team that travels all over the region competing in competitions where they routinely finish in the top five. The uniqueness of this team is they all are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA across the high school curriculum to be allowed to compete.
Last year all 22 of our seniors graduated on time; 18 of them are serving in the armed services. 13 in the Kentucky National Guard, one went active Army, two are in the Marine Corps, and one went into the Air Force. We have five prior Cadets in the Senior ROTC Programs at the University of Louisville, Eastern Kentucky University, and Morehead state University. In the past eight years Grant County High School has had 97 JROTC Cadets join the Armed Services where they have been responsible for accumulating approximately $6,640,000.00 in scholarships and College money to continue their education.
If your child is interested in taking this class, please notify Theresa Herald in the guidance office. This class will count as an elective class. Students can receive one credit in leadership each year they are in JROTC as well as earn their health and PE credits.
Note: There is no requirement to join the service for being in this class!