Art Show 2019

Hello HHS!

Welcome to HHS!

Project Linus~Giving Tuesday

Mission Statement

Unified Track & Field

Welcome to Hingham High

Office Assistants 2018

Historian David McCullough

Consumer Auto Shop!

Advanced Art Show

Blood Drive!

Welcome to HHS!


Welcome to Hingham High

Athletics Field

We Are Hingham!

HHS Auditorium

Beekeeping Club!

Ms. Perkins’ Class!

Student Mural

HHS Greenhouse Sunflowers!

Turf Field

Cooking Class

Swim Team

Crew Sport

HHS Murals

Faculty Staff Field Hockey

Take What You Need!

Criminal Justice Class

Library Media Center

Coffee Biscotti TIME!

Best High School 2018

Coffee TIME

Extreme Couponing!

Welcome to HHS!

We Are Hingham!

Science Protist Lab

Pickle Ball!

Pottery Class

Girls’ Track ~ 2nd Place

AP Art Show 2019

HHS Math Team

Golf Championship 2019!

Welcome Class of 2023!

Kindness Club

Statehouse – Kindness Club

Swimming ~ Patriot League!

Museum Classroom

Freshmen Advisory-Mr. Heff!

Welcome to Hingham High School

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Rick Swanson, Principal, Hingham High School

Mr. Swanson HHS Principal

Fall 2019

In quiet moments, like those that sometimes occur late in the day, after our hallways and classrooms have emptied, my eyes are often drawn to a quotation that I keep on the wall right above my desk. It’s a famous line from the Irish poet William Butler Yeats, and it says: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” And though all of us at HHS were greatly inconvenienced by the particular fire that smoldered in one of our Social Studies classrooms last spring, the image of fire captures the spirit of our school in a particularly meaningful way. Not the kind of fire that leaves smoke and water damage, forcing the closure of classrooms, but the kind of fire Yeats had in mind:

  • A fire in the belly, a thirst for knowledge and self-improvement, the kind of drive that sends about 90 percent of our graduates off to four-year colleges and many more on to two-year colleges and trade schools every year.
  • A competitive fire that has yielded academic honors for AP Scholars and National Merit semi-finalists; regional and state awards for our musicians, actors and artists; accolades for many teams, from DECA and robotics to mock trial and debate; and so many league championships, sectional titles and state championships for our student athletes.
  • The fire to pursue the kind of school-wide excellence that has yielded Blue Ribbon and Green Ribbon recognition from the U.S. Department of Education.

And for Hingham High students, it’s not just about competition. A similar kind of fire reveals itself in the desire to serve others. Whether doing volunteer work during school-sponsored service trips, raising money for various causes, or raising awareness about social problems, our students look outward and find ways to make a positive difference in the world around them.

In literature, fire often symbolizes inspiration, and that’s what happens every day inside the walls of our school. Think of our students in the chemistry lab during an experiment; at the pottery wheel during a ceramics class; in the band room during an evening rehearsal; in an English classroom during a Student Led Discussion; inhaling the pine-scented aroma of the woodshop, using their hands, together with their imagination, to create something new. Think of the spark of inspiration that helps them understand something for the first time, gain an original insight, and catch a brief glimpse of the person they might become.

Fire, of course, generates warmth, and that’s what members of this community bring to one another in times of joy (the homecoming celebrations, the field days, the proms) and also during moments of sorrow. Finally, when part of a torch, fire can symbolize hope and a striving for the future. What better symbol for a school?

Welcome back to school, everybody. Let’s keep the fire burning!

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.

17 Union St.
Hingham MA 02043

(781) 741-1560

Fax: (781) 741-1515

School Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 2:32 p.m.

Principal: Richard Swanson

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Counselors and administrators are meeting this morning to discuss Junior Awards. With or without a ceremony, those awards WILL be distributed later this spring. No pandemic will prevent us from recognizing hard work and high achievement.

52 years ago tonight, Americans caught a glimpse of how enlightened and compassionate leadership can respond to crisis and tragedy. On THIS April 4th, let's wake up the echoes and reclaim that spirit.

From HHS classrooms to the front lines: N95 masks once used in our science labs have been collected and delivered to several local hospitals. May they help the healers to keep on healing.


With the office open briefly today, Mrs. Black took the opportunity to work on diplomas for the HHS Class of 2020. Seniors: Don't despair; one way or another, those same diplomas WILL be handed to you later this spring. Keep the faith.

A final set of Chromebooks was shared with Hingham students earlier today. Here's a big shout-out to the IT specialists (unsung heroes and heroines) who have organized the distribution of tools essential for remote learning.

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