Hopkins Academy

Hopkins Academy is the public middle (7th and 8th grade) and senior (9th–12th grade) high school for the town of Hadley, Massachusetts.

Hopkins Academy
131 Russell Street

High school
Open enrollment[1]
PrincipalBrian Beck[2]
Color(s)Navy Blue, Gold and White
MascotGolden Hawks


The school was founded in 1664 with an endowment from Edward Hopkins, an English colonist who was Governor of the Connecticut Colony and a wealthy Connecticut merchant. Hopkins died in 1657 and in his will he set up a trust naming John Davenport, Theophilus Eaton, John Cullick and William Goodwin as trustees. Goodwin, who helped to settle Hadley, used part of Hopkins' trust to set up a fund for the then Hopkins Donation School. 300 Pounds were to be disposed of from Mr. Hopkins Estate and ordered to Hadley for erecting and maintaining a school there. The management thereof for the said schoole was appointed for year end viz; the Rev Jonathan Russell, Mr. Samuel Smith, Mr. Peter Tilton and Capt Aaron Cooke and finding in the records at Springfield, September 24th 1674.[4] The Hadley townspeople donated land to help build up the trust to pay for educational costs. The Hopkins Trust is the oldest charitable fund to be in continuous use in the United States.[5] Edward Hopkins played a pivotal role in establishing and operating other prominent institutions within the United States, including Harvard University. As a result, Hopkins Academy is "related" to many well-known schools, including Yale, Amherst College, and the Hopkins School of New Haven, Connecticut.[6]

NH Aaron Cooke comssd to Hopkins School
Original document of the founding of Hopkins School

The academy incorporated in 1816.[7] For many years, Hopkins Academy was a private school, however, it has been the only public high school in Hadley for many decades.[6] It is also the fourth oldest public high school in the United States that is still in operation.


Since the inception of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), Hopkins Academy has consistently scored among the top schools in Massachusetts. In 2008, The Boston Globe ranked Hopkins' 10th graders (under the title "Hadley Public Schools") 2nd in mathematics and tied for 33rd in ELA in the state of Massachusetts.[8] The school maintains a particular strength in mathematics, despite not having a specialized math program or an accelerated student population (such as the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at WPI). In fact, Hopkins' 10th graders have scored near-perfect MCAS composite performance index (CPI) ratings for math in the past (99.4 in 2007).[9]

This success is generally attributed to small learning communities which yield a low student to teacher ratio. Many of Hopkins' graduates pursue 4-year degrees at prominent universities throughout the United States.

In January 2010, US News & World Report gave Hopkins a Bronze Medal on its list of the Top High Schools in America. Thirty-seven Massachusetts high schools made the list, but Hopkins was one of only two (along with Greenfield High School) located geographically west of Worcester.[10]

Despite above average MCAS scores, the school did not meet state mandated targets for equal education. The school met targets for the "White" and "Low Income" demographics, but failed to achieve the target in other areas.[11]

Athletics and extracurricular activities

The school offers many sports, such as the booster club, soccer, basketball, cheerleading, baseball, softball, golf, cross country, and equestrian teams; all of which compete in the MIAA Division IV Hampshire League. Hopkins' athletic rival is Smith Academy in nearby Hatfield, Massachusetts. Hopkins also has a music program comprising a marching band, pep band, and jazz band. There are also many clubs at Hopkins Academy, including Diversity Club, Drama Club, and Ski Club.


  1. ^ http://www.doe.mass.edu/finance/schoolchoice/choice-status.pdf
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  3. ^ "2017-18 SAT Performance Statewide Report". Profiles.doe.mass.edu. September 20, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  4. ^ http://credo.library.umass.edu/view/pageturn/mums704-i7728/#page/72/mode/1up
  5. ^ Cutter, Mary Lou Brockett (1980). Life Beside the Connecticut River. Hatfield, MA: Hatfield Printing & Publishing. pp. 101–106.
  6. ^ a b "Alumni Association of Hopkins Academy, Hadley, Massachusetts: Page". Hopkinsalumni.org. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  7. ^ George Adams (1853). "Education in Massachusetts: Incorporated Academies". Massachusetts Register. Boston: Printed by Damrell and Moore.
  8. ^ "Top-scoring districts on the 2008 10th-grade MCAS exams - The Boston Globe". Boston.com. 2008-09-23. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  9. ^ "Hopkins Academy School in Hadley, Massachusetts (MA) - Test Results, Rating, Ranking, Grades, Scores, Classes, Enrollment, Teachers, Students, and Report Card". City-data.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  10. ^ "Hopkins Academy in HADLEY, MA | Best High Schools". US News. Retrieved 2013-10-14.
  11. ^ "2014 Accountability Data - Hadley (01170000)". Profiles.doe.mass.edu. Retrieved 2015-02-22.

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Coordinates: 42°20′30.32″N 72°35′28.32″W / 42.3417556°N 72.5912000°W

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Academy of Richmond County (1783), Augusta, Georgia

Glynn Academy (1788), Brunswick, Georgia

Canandaigua Academy (1791), Canandaigua, New York

Westford Academy (1792), Westford, Massachusetts

Oxford Academy and Central Schools (1794), Oxford, New York

New London Academy (1795), Lynchburg, Virginia

Newburgh Free Academy (1796), Newburgh, New York

Woodstock Academy (1801), Woodstock, Connecticut ("a quasi-private, independent school")

Bacon Academy (1803), Colchester, Connecticut

Hampden Academy (1803), Hampden, Maine

Pinkerton Academy (1814), Derry, New Hampshire (not strictly public, yet not private)

Columbia High School (1814), Maplewood, New Jersey

Cony High School (1815), Augusta, Maine

Delaware Academy (1819), Delhi, New York

English High School of Boston (1821), Boston, Massachusetts

Portland High School (1821), Portland, Maine

Kentucky School for the Deaf (1823), Danville, Kentucky

Prattsburgh Central School (1823), Prattsburgh, New York

New Bedford High School (1827), New Bedford, Massachusetts

Norcross High School (1827), Norcross, Georgia

Keene High School (1828), Keene, New Hampshire

Elyria High School (1830), Elyria, Ohio

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Leon High School (1831), Tallahassee, Florida

Lowell High School (1831), Lowell, Massachusetts

Newburyport High School (1831), Newburyport, Massachusetts

Woodward High School (1831), Cincinnati, Ohio

Cambridge High School (1834), Cambridge, Illinois

Medford High School (1835), Medford, Massachusetts

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Auburn High School (1837), Auburn, Alabama

Windsor High School (1837), Windsor, New York

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Cohasset High School (1838), Cohasset, Massachusetts

Nantucket High School (1838), Nantucket, Massachusetts

Taunton High School (1838), Taunton, Massachusetts

Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (1838), Staunton, Virginia

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Gloucester High School (1839), Gloucester, Massachusetts

Middletown High School (1840), Middletown, Connecticut

Brighton High School (1841), Boston, Massachusetts

Haverhill High School (1841), Haverhill, Massachusetts

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Drury High School (1843), North Adams, Massachusetts

Tennessee School for the Deaf (1844), Knoxville, Tennessee

Western High School (1844), Baltimore, Maryland

Charlestown High School (1845), Boston, Massachusetts

Lyons High School (1845), Lyons, New York

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Concord High School (1846), Concord, New Hampshire

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Manchester Central High School (1846), Manchester, New Hampshire

Pine Tree High School (1847), Longview, Texas

Biddeford High School (1848), Biddeford, Maine

Lockport High School (1848), Lockport, New York

Philadelphia High School for Girls (1848), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

B.M.C. Durfee High School (1849), Fall River, Massachusetts

Charlotte High School (1849), Charlotte, Michigan

Fitchburg High School (1849), Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Lawrence High School (1849), Lawrence, Massachusetts

Rockport High School (1849), Rockport, Massachusetts

Waltham High School (1849), Waltham, Massachusetts

Ypsilanti High School (1849), Ypsilanti, Michigan

New Albany High School (1853), New Albany, Indiana

Arundel High School (1854), Gambrills, Maryland

Norwich Free Academy (1854), Norwich, Connecticut (a "quasi-private school," "privately governed, independent secondary school")

Andover High School (1856), Andover, Massachusetts

Louisville Male High School (1856), Louisville, Kentucky

Lowell High School (1856), San Francisco, California

Pioneer High School (1856), Ann Arbor, Michigan

Peoria High School (1856), Peoria, Illinois

Texas School for the Deaf (1856), Austin, Texas

University High School (1857), Normal, Illinois

Braintree High School (1858), Braintree, Massachusetts

Ravenna High School (1858), Ravenna, Ohio

Hillhouse High School (1859), New Haven, Connecticut

San Jose High School (1863), San Jose, California

Shortridge High School (1864), Indianapolis, Indiana

Saint Paul Central High School (1866), Saint Paul, Minnesota

Hastings Senior High School (1866), Hastings, Minnesota

Parkersburg High School (1867), Parkersburg, West Virginia

Round Rock High School (1867), Round Rock, Texas

Holly High School (1868), Holly, Michigan

Theodore Roosevelt High School (1868), Kent, Ohio

Morristown High School (1869), Morristown, New Jersey

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