|11 July 1967 Courier News|
|14 May 1968 Courier News|
Although construction bids came in around $200,000 over the $3.56 million amount authorized in the 1966 referendum, work on the school did commence in the spring of 1967, with a groundbreaking ceremony held on July 10. To make up the difference, board members decided to add a second question to the February 1968 school election asking voters to allow the transfer of $168,733 from current expenses to capital outlay. The question failed, as did the entire budget.
|17 June 1968 Courier News|
As work progressed on the school, it was evident that without additional funds, the cafeteria kitchen could not be furnished, and the gym and outdoor athletic facilities could not be completed. The school board decided to go back to the voters one final time with a three-part bond financing referendum set for June 25, 1968.
|6 October 1969 Home News|
Here's how The Courier News described the three proposals:
"The first will provide $110,000 for a language laboratory with all necessary facilities and for the purchase and installation of various types of education equipment and shop equipment. The second proposal provides $65,000 for the purchase and installation of kitchen equipment. This will be used in conjunction with the school cafeteria. The third proposal calls for $50,000 for the construction and installation of folding partitions in the auditorium [gym?], curbing at the school site, fencing in the area of the athletic track, bleachers at the football field and additional bleachers and bleacher steps in the gymnasium."
Voters approved all three parts of the referendum by a two-to-one margin
|Image from the first Hillsborough High School Yearbook, 1970|
The school board also acknowledged that there was no chance that the building would be ready for students by September 1968. Fortunately, in consideration of the fact that construction was underway, Somerville extended their deadline for one more year and confirmed that Hillsborough students that had already begun their high school careers in Somerville could remain and graduate there. P.S. They also got a new school!
Accordingly, the high school opened in September 1969 with 8th, 9th, and 10th grades, and was formally dedicated the next month.
The school has had three major expansions which have more than doubled capacity, the last one being in 2002.
Hillsborough High School will celebrate its 50th anniversary in September 2019.