Hunking Middle School



Caleb Dustin Hunking bears a close relationship to Haverhill’s most historical character, being a direct descendant of Hannah Duston. Born in Hill, New Hampshire February 24, 1805, he attended Franklin Academy, Franklin, New Hampshire for a short time after which teaching occupied several years of his early life. Removing to Haverhill he became one of the best known and esteemed shoe manufacturers in this City. In 1855 he became the first man from Haverhill to sit on the Governors Council and in 1857 served in the State Senate. Later he was “Justice of the Peace and Quorum for all of the Counties of the Commonwealth.” In 1847 he built a home at the corner of Merrimack and How Streets where the Masonic Temple now is. When the Business Section expanded from Water Street to Merrimack Street in 1871 the house was moved to Main Street. In 1923 it was sold to the American Legion for use as a home. Expanding his shoe business he built “the Granite Front” a business block at 68-84 Merrimack Street where he occupied the upper floors, renting the street floor to R. H. Macy who later sold his business here and moved to New York where he established and built up the spectacularly successful department store bearing the name of “Macy’s.” A substantial amount of capitol is said to have been supplied by his friend Caleb Hunking.…..

excerpted from the Dedication, March 16, 1960 

  • Model UN – Thursday, Sept. 28 after school

  • September & October Calendar

    Thursday, Sept. 22nd- Meadow Farms Fundraiser Orders Due

    Monday, Sept.6- PTo  5:15-6:15pm

    Tuesday, Sept. 27- Site Council Meeting 3:30pm

    Monday, Oct. 3- Open House  5:30pm to 6:30pm , Grades 6, 7 & 8

    Monday, Oct. 3rd.-Student Handbook Sign Off Sheets Due (Handbook can be found under the HPS Webpage)

    Wednesday, Oct. 5, Student Pictures

    Friday, Oct. 7, Early Release Day for Students 11am

    Monday, Oct. 10, No School- Columbus Day

    Wednesday, Oct. 12 K-8 Progress Reports Issued- 1st. Trimester


  • A Message from the Principal

    Dear Parents and Guardians,
    Good morning, we have finished MAP testing.  Students worked very hard despite all the technology issues we dealt with.  We really appreciate how flexible students have been during this transition time.  Thank you to all Hunking students!!
    • Haverhill Public Schools Student Handbook has been updated and is posted on the website under the tab “parent and student resources.”  Please review the handbook with your child.
    • Students who are walking to school and home from school need to stay off of private property.  Please speak to your child about this if he/she is a walker.
    • Mrs. Deluca met with 8th graders this week to discuss high school options.  Each student received a packet to help families navigate through this process.  The packet is also available on the Hunking Web Page.
    • Hunking Packers have a game this Sunday at Haverhill stadium at 12:30
      •  Free admission
      • Registration is still open for those who are interested in joining
    • September 26th PTO meeting 5:15-6:15
    • September 27th Hunking Site Council Meeting 3:30
    • October 3rd Hunking Open House 5:30-6:30
    • October 5th Student Picture Day
    • October 7th Early Release for Students
    • October 10th Columbus Day No School
    School begins at 8:30.  Please make sure your child does not arrive before 8:00 or after 8:30.  If a student is marked tardy 3 or more times this will result in an after school office detention.
    Have a wonderful Weekend.  Please contact me at with questions or concerns!
    Shannon Nolan
    Shannon Nolan
    Principal, Hunking Middle School
  • NEW Hunking Traffic Pattern

    Dear Parents and Guardians,
    School begins Tuesday morning at 8:30!  You will notice a lot of changes to Hunking on Tuesday.  Please see the attached document for directions on parent drop-off and pick-up.   If your child is a walker and is coming from the Presidential Gardens area and usually cuts through the woods using the path, which ends at the back of the school, this will no longer be an option.  There is a fence around the entire property and students will not be able enter the school this way.  Please instruct your child to use the front entrance of the school.
    Shannon Nolan
    Shannon Nolan
    Principal, Hunking Middle School
    978-374-5787            Hunking Traffic Pattern
  • New Hunking School

    Good morning,
    I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer.  As we prepare for our return to Hunking in the fall students, staff and parents have to be ready to return to a school without a cafeteria, but in our near future is a state of the art cafeteria at the new Hunking.  It will all be worth it!  Please click the link below and view a video of the new Hunking Cafeteria.  Please share this with your children.  I know they will be excited.  Enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to seeing everyone in the fall!
    Shannon Nolan, Principal
  • 5/5/15 — Student Photos


    Periodically, we will be featuring some photos of the Hunking construction site through the lens of Carol VanDoren’s photo club at Hunking. Be sure to keep an eye on our Pictures page for updates!



  • 5/1/15 — Spring Cleaning!


    Well maybe its a little more than spring cleaning, but the crews are hard at work today readying the front of the school for the Goundbreaking Ceremony to be held Tuesday May 5th at 10am.

    The stumps have been removed and the area graded in preparation for the ceremonial shovels to break ground to officially kick-off the building project.

    Out on the field the bulldozers continue to clear the area and remove the topsoil- to be screened and reused later on in the project.

    Check back often to keep updated on all the things going on “under the hard hat”.

  • Update 4/29/15:  

    hunking helmetThe first phase of the tree removal has been completed.  It was amazing to watch those professionals cut down such large trees with such skill and precision.

    Now the bulldozers are hard at work clearing out the remaining stumps and beginning to move the piles of loam and dirt for removal in preparation for the surveyors to lay out the markings for the footprint of the new building.




  • Timberrrrrr!

    Hunking Trees

    As this picture shows, the trees are coming down.  Many have asked, “Why are you taking all these trees down?”  The answer is: in order to clear the site of the excavation of the new footprint, as well as to construct the drainage swails that will help channel water away from the roadways.

    During this process we found that most trees look like the one pictured here.
    Most have hollowed cores, a sign that the tree is unhealthy. Approximately 85% of all the trees cut down were found to be in poor health and it was reported to us that within 3-4 years many of these trees would be dead and could possibly fall down posing a safety risk. Of the trees that remain, many have been pruned back to remove dead limbs that could also pose a danger to the new school and existing homes.

    The workers have begun erecting the construction fence and we are well underway to making the dream of a new Hunking become a reality.

    Please check back often for a “glimpse under the hard-hat” to see what’s happening with this project!

  • Box Tops Collection

    The Hunking School PTO will be holding our first Box Tops collection, so please clip and send all your Box Tops to the main office. This is an easy way to raise money for our school! Look on packages of General Mills cereals, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Ziploc, Green Giant products, and many more. Go To: < to learn more about the program.
    Thank you for supporting our school!
    Laurie Thornell
    Box Tops Coordinator

  • 480 So. Main St.
    Bradford, MA 01835
    8:30AM – 2:45PM

    (978) 374-5787

    (978) 372-5890

    Shannon Nolan

    Assistant Principal
    Nathan Gage

    Principal Clerk
    Linda Motta

    School Nurse
    RaeAnne Hallahan, RN,BSN


    ETF/Special Education

    Renee Czyzewski

(978) 374-3400
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