Hebrew High School of New England welcomed its first students in September of 1996, under the leadership of its first president, Ann Pava. The school’s first home was the Agudas Achim Synagogue, and Rabbi Zvi Kahn was appointed as the first principal. In the months just prior to opening, the first faculty members were hired. That fall, eighteen eager students became inaugural ninth and tenth graders, the first beneficiaries of the dream their parents and others had worked so hard to transform into reality.
In January 2011, HHNE reached a new milestone, relocating to a modern $6.8 million, 11-acre wooded campus across from the Mandell JCC and the Weinberg Community Services Building, and adjacent to the University of Hartford.
Today, HHNE is a model regional high school and continues to pride itself on its great achievements. Supported by the three Jewish Federations and Jewish Community Foundations of Western Massachusetts , Greater Hartford, and New Haven, as well as the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Since its inception, the school has educated hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to further study in Israel and have been accepted to prestigious colleges including Yale University, Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Pennsylvania, Barnard College, NYU, University of California, Los Angeles, Brandeis University, and Yeshiva University.