ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
Our mission, as the dedicated staff of Hines Middle School, is to create a safe, responsible, respectful, positive, and literacy-focused school environment as we help our students in their journey to graduate college, career, and citizen-ready.
Our Namesake, Homer L. Hines
Homer L. Hines was one of four children born to the late Jesse and Rosa Heit Hines on May 16, 1912, in Newport News, Virginia.
All of his early educational training was received in the public schools of this city. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) in 1934, and earned his Master of Arts degree in secondary education from New York University in 1948. He later served on the Board of Visitors for New York University.
Mr. Hines taught high school science in New Kent County, Virginia; high school math in Gates County, Virginia; and chemistry in his native city for thirteen years at the former Huntington High School. In June 1949, he was appointed principal of the former George W. Carver High School and served in that capacity for twenty-two years. From 1971 until his retirement in 1977, he served as Director of Federal Programs for the Newport News Public Schools. Three years after his retirement, the School Board of the City of Newport News recognized his contributions by naming the Homer L. Hines Middle School in his honor.
He was a member of the Wesley Grove United Church of Christ, where he served as Sunday School teacher, Sunday School Superintendent, choral director, church treasurer, and trustee. His professional organizations included the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Teachers' Association, the Newport News Teachers' Association, and the Newport News Retired Teachers' Association. Other affiliations included life membership in the NAACP, Chairman of the Newport News Teachers' League Credit Union Board, Project Director for the Morton Community House, and a Charter Member of the Dochiki Social and Civic Club.