Opening in 2006, Lincoln County High School is the only high school in the county following rural consolidation. The double AA-sized school is the result of an effort to combine four smaller high schools given population declines that mirror declining tax revenue. Construction of the school began in 2004 and the school opened two years later. The closing of local high schools achieved greater economic efficiency but also eliminated important community institutions and led to divisions between residents of the community.
The construction of Lincoln County High School started in 2004 and was completed in 2006. Several of the former high schools that were closed in anticipation of this consolidated school now serve as middle schools. Guyan Valley, Hamlin, Duval, and Harts Creek High School were closes and owing to the proximity and rivalries of the latter two, many in the county remain divided about the propriety of rural consolidation.
The school’s interior is made up of all the colors of the four middle schools and the motto of the school is “Together as One.” In the first months of operation, fights and arguments were commonplace but in the years that followed a unified spirit has emerged that reflects the identity of many West Virginians who identify with a county more than a city.