State title adds to makeover at Hillside High

Posted December 13, 2010

— Hillside High School has been known for poor student performance and school violence, but students say that their championship football team is a sign things are changing at the school.

The school defeated Davie County High School 40-0 on Saturday to win the state 4-A title.

"I saw a lot going on for Hillside right then at that moment. I saw a lot happening even for the future," sophomore Lindsay Anderson said Monday. "Usually, Hillside is known for being negative – fights – but now I believe it's going to change for a positive."

Principal Hans Lassiter said he hopes the football title and a state championship won by the Hillside High marching band will boost academic morale at the school.

"It's cool that we achieved academically, athletically and in marching band, but the proof of our growth here at Hillside will be measured by how we do on those final exams," Lassiter said.

State education officials have labeled Hillside High a low-performing school because of poor results on standardized tests, but Lassiter said scores went up significantly last year.

Sophomore Jordyn Smith said the push from Lassiter has been critical to changing attitudes at Hillside High.

Hillside High 2010 football championship banner Hillside High hopes to build on football title

"He has faith in us, and he believes that we can do anything academic-wise (or) sports-wise – anything that we want to do in life," Smith said. "I couldn't be any more proud to say that I went to Hillside."

"We have a new purpose to think about, not just the bad stuff," said Daniel Jordan, a center on the football team. "We've got good grades, and we've got athleticism to go with it."

Hillside High won back-to-back state championships in 1943 and 1944 when it was a segregated school.


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  • issymayake Dec 13, 2010

    Congrats to Coach King and the hardworking coaches, athletes and supporters of the Hornets. I hope you continue to perform well.

  • anneonymousone Dec 13, 2010

    Congratulations to all who are making a turnaround at Hillside! It's great to read of so much support for all aspects of the school, because that means that many aspects of students' lives are being honored and celebrated.

    Now if we could only find a way to get away from tests being the ultimate evaluation of schools, teachers, and students. Some of those EOCs have lousy questions to which teachers have suggested changes, but the tests keep rolling out, with some of the same low-quality questions, year after year.