Now that we have a new principal, it seems as if we're being treated like small children. What have we really done to deserve this? 'No bottles outside of the cafeteria.' Wowww. I think many other students would agree with me when I say that MNHHS is more like a prison than an educating facility. Athletes are treated like Gods, agreed. We need to re-evaluate a few things in my opinion.
North Hopkins is a special place in a special town. There are problems there, but they are just typical high school problems that occur anywhere. The school is an older building, but it's holding up. Some of the teachers are not the best, but for the most part, especially taking their low salaries into account, the teachers are great. The history, English, and math (for the most part) departments are awesome. The teachers are well educated and love their jobs. The student/teacher relationships at North is a very strong bond which helps better the school. Mr. Burgett took over principal when I was a junior and after a year of experimenting leadership styles, has it down. He's a motivator and truly wants best for the school. North Hopkins is a great school and has definitely shaped my life for the future.
There are some great teachers (Ashby, Scarlett, Sarles, Tabor, Patterson, Clark) at North, but some are not so great. Don't expect too much freshmen year, but if your student is a good student North offers many AP classes (French, Spanish, Government, World History, US History, Biology, Calculus, Stats, Chemistry, English Literature). North has a great band and the athletics are good, too. Thanks to Mr. Burgett, they are cracking down on smokers and the chaos that plagued the school while Martin was here. The strict dress code has been thrown out. North is making progress.
I just graduated from North Friday night and figured I'd rate my former high school. There are some amazing teachers there, like Amy Bryan/Clark, Mr. Cline, and Mr. Roach. All of these teachers will do whatever they can to help you, and I will definitely say that Mrs. Clark is the best educator I've ever had. The school isn't the newest and there are so many things about the school that are ridiculous and pointless, but there are a handful of teachers that are oustanding. Also, since the new principal, Chad Burgett, took over, I've noticed a significant improvement in the school atmosphere. There are less fights and less PDA. The smoking in the bathrooms has been nearly eradicated, and Mr. Burgett has vastly improved the school. Hopefully he'll continue to improve the school in years to come and these teachers will be around for quite awhile.
MNHHS is a miserable excuse for an educational facility. It provided little preparation for college, and the social hierarchy was positively maddening. The school spends far too much money on athletics, and student athletes are treated as demi gods amidst the other students. Also, the curriculum is centered on state testing. At the end of the year, it will benefit the school to perform well, however it will NEVER benefit a student to simply 'learn the test'. Gossip is rampant between students. There is no level of professionalism. To say the least, MNHHS has made me rethink the value of public education. If you love your child, send them elsewhere.
As a present student of madisonville north hopkins high school, I feel that the school is a great place to learn and to challenge oneself, but knowledge only comes with effort. Many students at north put forth no effort which corresponds with the lack of knowledge and high test scores. But who is to blame? The principal? No, the new principal, chad burgett, does a fantastic job of leading the school with integrity, and enforces a strict learning environment. Key word: enforces! now that the 'tuck in your shirt' rule is no longer in play, the students have grown to like mr. Burgett.