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Hawkins Middle School is a middle school in the city of Hawkins in the Roane County School District. It is located next to Hawkins High School. Its sports mascot is the Cubs, corresponding to the high school's team, the Tigers.

Mike Wheeler, Will Byers, Dustin Henderson, Lucas Sinclair and Max Mayfield were students at the school from 1983 to 1985.



At some point in Hawkins's history, Hawkins Middle School and Hawkins High School were both established. One source suggested a "Hawkins Elementary" also existed.[1]

When Bob Newby attended Hawkins Middle School, he petitioned for and founded the Hawkins Middle AV Club. Eventually, science teacher Scott Clarke became the supervisor of the club.


On the morning of November 7, Mike Wheeler, Dustin Henderson, and Lucas Sinclair arrived at the school where they encountered the bullies Troy Walsh and James Dante. Later, after Mr. Scott Clarke's class had ended, he led the boys to the AV room where he showed them the new Heathkit, a shortwave radio. As the boys were using the radio, they were called to the principal's office. They were then questioned by the Chief of Police Jim Hopper about Will Byers's disappearance.[2]

The boys brought Eleven to the school in order to use the Heathkit to contact Will. Before they could do so, they had to attend an assembly which was a memorial service for Will's death. During the assembly, Mike and the others overheard Troy and James insulting Will. Mike confronted them, pushing Troy down. Before Troy could hit Mike back, Eleven froze him in place and made him urinate on himself.[3]

In the AV room, Eleven successfully channeled Will through the Heathkit. As the kids listened in on his conversation with his mother Joyce Byers, they discovered he was in a place identical to his home but "dark and cold", later named the Upside Down. However, the radio suddenly caught on fire, causing the school's fire alarms to go off.[3] Principal Russell Coleman later hired a repairman to inspect the destroyed device.[4]

After coming up with a plan to create a makeshift isolation tank, the group decided to set it up at the Middle School due to the large supply of deicing salt. Eleven was able to use the tank to find and contact Will, who was hiding in Castle Byers in the Upside Down. Hopper and Joyce decided to break into the lab, while Nancy Wheeler and Jonathan Byers resolved to kill the Monster.[5]

When Mike discovered that everyone else had gone, Dustin decided to raid the cafeteria for chocolate pudding. As they waited for Dustin and Lucas, Mike invited Eleven to the Snow Ball and they shared a kiss. Soon after, Dr. Martin Brenner and several other agents from Hawkins National Laboratory searched the school in search for Eleven.[6]

In order to protect her friends, Eleven used her abilities to crush several of the agents' brains. Attracted by the blood, the Monster emerged from a gate in the school's wall. The kids managed to take refuge in the science classroom, but the Monster soon found them. Eleven then used her powers to pin the Monster to the wall. She looked back at her friends and wished Mike goodbye, then disintegrated the Monster, mysteriously vanishing in the process. Mike cried bitterly as the boys frantically looked for her, but she was gone.[6]

Later that night, Eleven awakened in the Upside Down version of Hawkins Middle School. She emerged from through the portal created by the Monster in the wall of the school, then set out to find Mike.[7]


On Halloween, Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Will attended school dressed in their Ghostbusters costumes. After arriving at school, they realized that no one else had dressed up for the occasion.[7] On November 1, Dustin brought D'Artagnan to the school and showed it to Mike, Will, Lucas and Max Mayfield at the AV room. The boys eventually concluded that Dart was from the Upside Down. Dart, however, escaped from the AV room when Max opened the door.[8]

As the kids split up to find Dart, Will encountered it in a rest room. He radioed its location to the other kids. However, Dart screamed which caused Will to experience another appearance of the shadow monster from the Upside Down. The creature chased Will to the school's football field. Remembering advice from Bob Newby, Will stood his ground and confronted the monster. The monster then entered Will's body and possessed him.[8] The next day, Will's absence from school prompted Mike to check up on him at the Byers house.[9]

Snow Ball

The kids enjoy the Snow Ball school dance.

In December 1984, the annual Snow Ball '84 was held at the school and all the kids including Eleven, attended the school dance for the first time. Lucas danced with Max, Will danced with an unknown girl. Dustin asked several girls to dance with him, but was rejected by all of them. Nancy, feeling pity for Dustin, invited him to dance with her. Mike and Eleven reunited again and danced, sharing a kiss, to the song "Every Breath You Take". As the kids were enjoying the Snow Ball, the Mind Flayer, still alive in the Upside Down, loomed over the school, seeking revenge on the children.[10]


By the summer of 1985, the Party had graduated and were now set to move to Hawkins High School. By October, Will Byers had transferred to California when he and his family moved out of town.[11][12]


In 1986, Max was targeted by the leader of the Upside Down, Vecna. To escape Vecna, Max transported herself to her happiest memory, the Snow Ball. However, Vecna soon arrived at the Snow Ball, when "Every Breath You Take" distorted to "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" and balloons started popping. Max was saved by Eleven, but soon, both were taken out of Max's mind and into Vecna's.[13]


  • Russell Coleman – Principal
  • Scott Clarke – Science teacher (Earth and biology)
  • Unnamed - Elderly Math Teacher
  • Mrs. Grabowski - English Teacher
  • Phyllis – Lunch lady
  • Mr. Kowalski - Teacher

Known students[]

Class of 1961:

Class of 1980:

Class of 1981:

Class of 1982:

Class of 1985:

Class of 1988:

Groups and Societies[]

  • AV Club
  • Hawkins Middle Football Team a.k.a. “The Cubs”


Behind the scenes[]

The actual filming location is the Patrick Henry High School, located at 109 South Lee Street in Stockbridge, Georgia. The same location was used for Hawkins High School.[14] As of 2022, Patrick Henry High School is scheduled to be demolished in the near future.