Celebrating H.G. Hill Middle

H.G. Hill Middle School lives up to its motto “Panther Strong” 
Posted on 03/31/2022
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Panther Strong! The motto of H.G. Hill Middle, in the beautiful Hillwood area of West Nashville, reflects the commitment of the school’s staff, families, students and partners. Staff support and encourage one another and their students in all areas – through strong academics, social services, emotional support and engagement.  math teacher smiling in class

As a Community Achieves School, H.G. Hill has a site manager who works with partners to provide services that meet the needs of students, their families and staff. These partnerships are designed to provide four pillars of support:

  • Family Engagement
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Health and Wellness
  • Social Services/Adult Development

In March 2020, these partnerships were critical in meeting immediate needs of H.G. Hill families who were affected by a tornado that ripped through the city at the start of the month, immediately followed by a building shutdown required due to COVID-19.  

The staff at H.G. Hill, in addition to focusing on providing a world-class education, is also committed to building high-quality relationships with students and their families.

H.G. Hill is a Restorative Practice School, serving families and students through support from a social worker, counselor, attendance team, partners and more. As a community school, H.G. Hill supports families with academic needs, physical needs _ with its Panther Pantry _ and social and emotional needs by incorporating SEL standards throughout all areas of school. These efforts also demonstrate how the staff is ensuring Every Student is Known and supported. 

Named for Horace G. Hill, a grocer and land developer who donated property to build the school, H.G. Hill began as an elementary school and transitioned to a middle school in 2000.

The school has 600 students in grades 5 to 8 who come not only from the area surrounding the school but also from areas in North Nashville that have a zoned option, meaning they have the choice of two different schools with transportation provided.  

teacher helping student with math

In addition to academics, H.G. Hill students have many opportunities for related arts, including music and art education, theater, student leadership, clubs and a variety of athletics. The H.G. Hill Panthers are the current MNPS Middle School Football Champions, and Hill is proud of former student Isabella Harrison, who plays in the WNBA for the Dallas Wings.  

“At H.G. Hill we believe that middle school is a time of exploration for students: to discover who they are and to help them envision a future where dreams have no limit,” says Executive Principal Carrie Jones.  

As MNPS transitions to serving fifth graders in elementary schools and students in grades 6-8 in middle schools, H.G. Hill will make that change in the 2022-2023 school year. Families who are interested in their child being an H.G. Hill Panther are encouraged to reach out to the school and learn more. In addition to serving zoned students, H.G. Hill is an open enrollment school, meaning families can apply to attend from across the district. 

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