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Dr. Carol Cavanaugh

Welcome to the Hopkinton Public Schools, a district increasing in student population and growing in diversity. Our nearly 4,300 students attend five different schools, as they launch from their “starting line” at Marathon Elementary School, a true early childhood center, to Elmwood, Hopkins, the Middle School, and, ultimately, Hopkinton High School. 

The Hopkinton Public Schools strive to uphold the highest standards of education, commit to providing a safe, nurturing learning environment for all of our students, and promise partnerships with families.

Our proud Hiller graduates leave HHS prepared for whatever comes next: college, careers, military service, or other schooling.   A glance at the district’s Strategic Plan underscores our commitment to educating the whole child, which begins with social-emotional learning that supports students’ access to rich, relevant, and rigorous academic, athletic, fine and performing arts, and STEAM programs. 

Teachers, administrators, and all other school and district staff put children at the center of all that we do. We adhere to the mantra, “All really can mean all.”

Each year I look forward to celebrating the growth, achievements, and accomplishments of each of our learners. As superintendent, I am truly grateful to the Hopkinton community for its unwavering support of their schools and the children who inhabit them. 


















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Dr. Carol Cavanaugh holds a PhD in Educational Studies from Lesley University, specifically in secondary writing instruction. From Boston University she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching as well as her Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Latin. Prior to being named  Hopkinton’s Superintendent, and before that Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Cavanaugh served as the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Uxbridge Public Schools. She has also been an Assistant Principal, English Department Chair, and English and Latin teacher at  Westborough High School and Auburn High School. Dr. Cavanaugh also serves as adjunct faculty for Worcester State and Lesley University.