A letter to Panther Nation

From the desk of Principal Jeff Frost, Knox Central High School

All I can say is “wow”!  Since March 2nd when the Knox Central boys basketball won decisively in the regional championship game, the Knox County community has rallied around our school and our students in so many ways! From the Saturday night pep rally at Knox Central, after the regional championship game, to the many people showing up at Rupp Arena, the Knox County community has been so supportive!

This year, in addition to our boys’ basketball team’s success, we are celebrating: our football program competing in the semi-finals of the state, our boys cross country team competing at state, our archery team competing at state, our cheerleading team competing at state (as well as winning many other competitions).  In addition to our athletic success, groups such as Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA), Health Occupation Students of America (HOSA), Odyssey of the Mind (OM), Science Olympiad, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) are also competing at the state level too.  We have seniors preparing to continue their education at the next level, many are signing to continue playing the sport they love, including our first ever soccer signee.  Knox Central is also very proud to have a QuestBridge Scholarship recipient who has been offered a full scholarship to Wellesley College! Knox Central is a school on the move!  There are so many reasons our community can rally around Knox Central High School!

As principal of Knox Central High School, I want to express my appreciation for the outpouring of support that has occurred in recent weeks!  I want to thank our students who worked hard preparing to compete and the students who worked hard cheering on our team. I want to thank the faculty, staff, and coaches at Knox Central who prepare our students, who prepare the teams, and who ride the buses and chaperone the students.  This dedicated group of individuals leading our students sacrifices a lot of personal and family time to ensure our students have the best of opportunities. Finally, I especially want to thank our community partners who made this possible. From the many donors who generously gave, so students could attend the games, to bus drivers volunteering to drive, to local business who donated or showed their support on their signs, we thank you!

There is so much to be proud of Knox County!  We are grateful for your support and partnership as we prepare the future citizens and workforce of Knox County.


This letter appeared in the March 14, 2019 edition of the Mountain Advocate.

Graphic version of the letter from Principal Frost.