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New Hope was started in 1923 with grades 1 – 12. Five schools – McCrary, Little Hope, Dunbar,
Windham, and Mt. Vernon consolidated to form New Hope High School. Since each of the schools thought that it should be named for their school, choosing a name proved to be quite a problem. Finally, it was decided that the new consolidation would be named New Hope Depot, and thus it became New Hope High School.
Ten classrooms , a library, a principal’s office and an auditorium made up the first school. The first principal was J. E. Vaughn, and the first faculty had only eight members. Most of those faculty members boarded with families in the community and their monthly salary was $ 40.00.
Parents in the community built the furnishings for the classrooms. The first shop was built with materials donated by the people in the community. Each child was asked to bring items from home to furnish the first home economics department.
The first graduating class consisted of one graduate, James Cooper; the second year there were seven graduates. The school has received accreditation every year since.
Since then the school has grown to a little less than one thousand students and seventy-five dedicated faculty members. Our present principal is Mr. Matt Smith. His assistants are Mr. Sammy Sullivan and Ms. Bernice Smith.
Eka Chemicals is partners in progress with New Hope High School. It is one of the local businesses in the community. New Hope community also has two banks, a clinic, grocery store, movie rental store, pharmacy, fire station, daycare facilities, convenience stores, churches, parks, recreational facilities, tire stores, pulp and paper company, florists, restaurants, bakeries, and construction companies.
To reach the New Hope High School from Highway 82 E. Interstate, take the Lee Stokes exit, go to the stop sign, take a right (at the Shell Station), travel approximately 2 miles to the four way stop sign and take a left on New Hope Road and travel approximately 3 miles until you reach a 3 way stop and take a left into the New Hope High School parking lot.
This location is the general area for the New Hope Elementary, New Hope Middle and the New Hope High schools.
If you are planning to visit one of New Hope’s schools, always obtain a visitor’s pass from the office of the school you intend to visit.
Material Researched and Presented by Ms. Dianne Webber