Henry E. Huntington Middle School

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Principal's Message

Welcome to Huntington Middle School, where every student is a valued and active learner. At Huntington we work to engage each student at all levels, social, emotional, academic, athletic, and artistic. This focus is just one reason why Huntington Middle School enjoys a national reputation as having a legacy of excellence! Huntington has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 1996, and has repeatedly been recognized as a California Distinguished School in 1994, 2005, 2009 and 2013.

The Mission of Henry E. Huntington Middle School is to work collaboratively with parents, students, faculty, staff and the greater San Marino community to foster an emotionally, intellectually, and ethically safe learning environment that challenges all students to continuously grow a deep and varied set of social, emotional, ethical, academic, athletic, artistic, and technological abilities as measured by research-based best practices, assessments and metrics.

The collaboration of each organization and individual working interdependently to meet all needs of all students truly makes HMS unique and exceptional. Through countless volunteer hours, support events, and resource enhancement, the Huntington PTA raises the level of success for all students and staff. The greatness of HMS is only further enhanced through the generous donations of the San Marino Schools Foundation (SMSF). Only through this generosity is Huntington Middle School able to maintain the level of excellence everyone has come to expect and work toward.

For nearly a century, Huntington students have earned numerous honors as athletes, artists, and scholars. This tradition of excellence is maintained through the focus, hard work, creativity, and collaboration of the HMS staff. Dedicated to providing the best educational opportunities possible to all students, our distinguished faculty uses a variety of learning strategies, challenging students to think both critically and creatively, as well as, collaborate within and across curriculum. With a focus on integrating researched based best practice, authentic learning experiences, HMS students consistently score in the top 1% of all California Middle Schools. 

At Huntington, we believe in a whole child approach to education. Huntington students can participate in many exciting co­ curricular activities throughout the school year. We have one of the finest middle school intramural/competitive sports programs in Southern California fielding traveling tennis, football, basketball, and volleyball teams, among others. The HMS intramural sports program fields no less than 50% of all Huntington students each year. Furthermore, our visual and performing arts program is a model of excellence and rivals many high school programs. Over 60% of the student body is either involved in band, wind ensemble, orchestra, dance, choir, or drama. Our students, parents, and faculty are to be commended for making Huntington Middle School a special place to receive a world­ class education.


Jason Kurtenbach, Principal