A Message from Rick Swanson, Principal, Hingham High School
Hingham High School (HHS) is poised for an exciting year of transition and change. We have said our goodbyes to several revered leaders, including our principal for the past seventeen years, Dr. Paula Girouard McCann, and our longtime K-12 Director of English, Laney Silva. They will soon be joined in retirement by Margaret Conaty, whose incredibly successful tenure as Athletic Director will conclude in a few short weeks. All three of them have made an enormous impact on our school. They leave giant shoes to fill, and they will be greatly missed, but the next generation of HHS leadership is prepared to play its part. Inspired by the example of Dr. Girouard McCann, Mrs. Silva and Ms. Conaty, we are all eager to inherit the torch and move our school ever closer to its incredible potential.
As I move into the principal’s office after ten years as the assistant principal, I’m thrilled to welcome Collin Shattuck, formerly a special education teacher at Wellesley High School, to our leadership team. Alongside our other assistant principal, Jennifer Henriksen, Collin has been hard at work throughout the summer, and he is already making a terrific impression. Our students, parents and teachers are going to love him. The same could be said of our new Athletic Director, Jim Quatromoni, who will replace Ms. Conaty when she retires in early October. Mr. Quatromoni has served as the Athletic Director at Hull High School for more than a decade. A highly accomplished varsity basketball coach, he is perhaps best known for rescuing the Hull athletic program through extensive private fundraising when its budget was eliminated several years ago. That sort of leadership and vision will help our athletic program to build upon the great foundation that already exists here in Hingham. Meanwhile, longtime teacher Mary Andrews will assume leadership of the English department. Universally respected and admired by her colleagues, Mrs. Andrews will guide an amazing group of teachers who have done as much as any others to secure our school’s “Blue Ribbon” recognition for academic excellence.
In addition to introducing several new leaders in key roles at the start of the school year, HHS will also soon welcome some very special visitors. On Sunday, September 24th, a group of sixteen educators from across New England will arrive for a four-day stay. Representing the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the organization that grants accreditation, these educators will gather evidence about all facets of school life, including: 1) core values, beliefs, and learning expectations; 2) curriculum; 3) instruction; 4) assessment of student learning; 5) school culture and leadership; 6) school resources for learning; and 7) community resources for learning. In preparation for that visit, HHS has engaged in a rigorous self-study process throughout the past two years. In the spirit of constant improvement and growth for our school, we look forward to the decennial visit, our first since 2007, and will extend a warm welcome to our guests.
As summer draws to a close, the high school is slowing coming back to life. Our playing fields, home to a range of youth camps throughout the summer, are beginning to fill with high school athletes, eager to prepare for their fall seasons. Our school auditorium, similarly occupied by youth programs during July and August, will soon feel the pulse of Twenties-style jazz music, as tryouts and rehearsals begin for “Chicago,” this year’s highly anticipated fall musical. The school year ahead contains enormous promise. Let’s get started!
The mission of Hingham High School is to graduate students with the academic, civic, social, and personal skills necessary to become productive, responsible members of a democratic and ever-changing global society. With the support and involvement of the community, Hingham High School will engage all students in a challenging, well-balanced educational program complemented by co-curricular activities.