Welcome to Harbor Springs High School

At Harbor Springs High School, the staff is dedicated, not only to public education but also specifically to our students and their lives.  We have devoted our professional lives to education because we care about each individual within this school community.  

It is with pride that we welcome you this year.  You are invited to become an active member of the student body, take pride in your accomplishments, expand your educational goals, and to pursue your dreams with the assistance of a professional, caring staff.

As your principal, I want you to know that I am dedicated to providing you with the best education environment possible and that I fully intend to uphold high standards of quality for you and for our school personnel.  I believe that if we come together each school year with mutual respect and dedication to high standards, we will all have a successful educational experience.

Susan Jacobs, Principal

2020 Undergraduate Honors Awards

Dear students and parents/guardians, 

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of our 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students at our virtual Undergraduate Honors Awards Program.  Each year, our staff identify for each grade level an Honor Student who exemplifies the highest standards in education, and a Citizenship Student who demonstrates the highest level of dependability, courteousness, and care in their relationships with students and staff. 
We are also recognizing our first semester High Honors and Honors students, who worked diligently at their coursework and have set high standards for themselves.
We congratulate all of these students on their accomplishments.
Warmest regards,
Susan Jacob

Class of 2020
Graduation Honors Convocation


Dear students, parents, and Harbor Springs community,

I invite you to honor, along with me, the class of 2020 for their high school achievements at https://harborps.org/schools/high-school/graduation-2020.  

It is here that we are celebrating the seniors for their academic successes, personal triumphs, and athletic accolades. These students are the Best of the Best and within these pages, they are acknowledged by their teachers for their growth, kindness, diligence, and relentless spirits. Our generous community has awarded them with scholarships for their hard work, dedication, and determination. Their accomplishments, both on the field and in the classroom, are commended. 

Normally at this time of the year, we would be holding our Honors Convocation Ceremony in the Performing Arts Center to celebrate our graduating seniors’ many accomplishments. Given the current circumstances, we bring to you this presentation of their extraordinary accomplishments.  These students demonstrate the core values embraced at Harbor Springs High School:  Experience Belonging, Develop Mastery, Achieve Independence, and Practice Generosity.  They are shining examples of Excellence in Character and Excellence in Education. 

To fully experience this celebration, the best view will be on a desktop computer. While it is still accessible with your mobile device, the material may be distorted. 

Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Jacobs, Principal HSHS

High School Highlights

  • Michigan Youth in Government
  • Spanish 
  • Robotics and STEM
  • High college acceptance rates at prestigious universities for honors certified students
  • National Honor Society
  • AP options in English, Calculus and Computer Science Principals
  • Accelerated Math program grades 8-12
  • Highly qualified, compassionate staff
  • Advanced technology for student use and instruction in drafting/journalism labs
  • Athletic opportunities
  • Fine Arts: Band, Music, Drama

Gov. Whitmer Executive Order
Suspends Some Requirements for
Youth Work Permit Applications

LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-79, which lifts certain requirements of the application process for young Michiganders to obtain a work permit. 

Young Michiganders constitute an important part of the summer workforce, especially because the COVID-19 pandemic requires that many workers stay home when experiencing symptoms or because they are part of a vulnerable population. As a result of the governor’s previous order to close schools for remainder of the school year, obtaining the proper documentation from school personnel is difficult and therefore it is necessary to lift requirements to ensure youth can obtain summer work during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

“Michigan’s young people are an essential part of the state’s workforce, and making sure they have an opportunity to acquire the proper permit and help fight COVID-19 is vital,” said Gov. Whitmer. “This executive order will lift some requirements to ensure those opportunities for them.” 

The order suspends the requirements of Youth Employment Standards Act to allow work permits to be mailed, emailed, faxed or sent via the web rather than the previously required in person submission.  

The executive order is effective immediately and extends until June 8th.   

To view Executive Order 2020-79, click the link below:  


Anyone working who is under 18 or not yet graduated is required by the State of Michigan to have a work permit. The exception is if you are working at your parent’s business.

You can print your age appropriate work permit from the links below or you can pick one up at the main school of the high school. They are located in the plastic box on the table outside the main doors. The pink form is designated for students UNDER 16 years of age. The yellow form is for 16 -17 year-olds.

The student will fill out the top part of the form and your employer will fill out the middle section. After those two sections are COMPLETELY filled out, you can either bring it to the high school during our business hours or your employer can fax to 231-526-4833 or email to thaas@harborps.org or aouellette01@harborps.org. We will be able to process your form during the following hours –

                                      Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

                                               From 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

If you are bringing to the school, please buzz the office to let us know that you have a permit and we will come get it from you. It will take us a few minutes to process. You are welcome to wait outside of the building or return to pick it up. If you are returning, it will be on the table outside of the main office in an envelope with the student’s name.

To make the process as quick as possible –

  • Please fill out the form with an ink pen. Not pencil.
  • Make sure ALL of the boxes in your section as well as your employers are filled out. If the form is not completely filled out, we are not allowed to process.
  • Your employer must list the equipment being used, even if it is just pencil and paper or a broom, and your list of duties.


After we fill out our part, return it to your employer.


IF YOU ARE EMAILING OR FAXING A WORK PERMIT for a minor from out of town or out of state, please send a copy of their birth certificate or driver’s license along with the permit so that we can verify the worker’s age.

We have also attached the Youth Employment Informational Sheets, which details the jobs that students are PERMITTED AND PROHIBITED from doing per their age.




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2019-2020 Calendar

Harbor Springs High School April/Remote Learning Newsletter

Upcoming Dates To Know:

To be determined.


54901 Mound Road, Shelby Township, MI 48316

Telephone: (800) 256-9559 / Fax: (586) 677-9036


Established in 1970

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Important Links:

High School Office Contacts:


Guidance Counselor

Administrative Assistant






Susan Jacobs

Shelby Richardson

Tina Haas

Annette Ouellette

sjacobs@harborps.org                                                                  School Office:  231-526-4800

srichardson@harborps.org                                                            School Fax:  231-526-4833

thaas@harborps.org                                                                      Attendance Line:  231-526-4880

aouellette01@harborps.org                                                            Address:  500 Spring Street

                                                                                                                        Harbor Springs, MI 49740