Merrol Hyde Magnet School

The MHMS Pillar system inducts high school students into 1 of 4 Pillars for their high school career. Athena, Artemis, Apollo, and Poseidon—the 4 Pillars—compete throughout the year in friendly games, projects, dress up days, and other aspects of campus life. Early in the fall, MHMS turns into Greek Week where each Pillar decorates part of campus, takes on the other Pillars in all sorts of fun, crazy challenges, and tries to stake claim to the Greek Week pep rally. In the spring, Pillars compete in field day for the ultimate bragging rights of the Panhellenic Cup and a special field trip to celebrate the win.

Our Pillar system has been compared to the House system (think Harry Potter), but is unique in 2 ways. First, Pillars emphasize the relationships across all 4 grade levels. Students get to know each other within their Pillar while also enjoying some friendly competition against their friends in other Pillars. Second, and more importantly, Pillars focus on cooperation and collaboration—without these elements a Pillar cannot be successful.


Brothers and sisters are considered legacies and will carry on their tradition in the same Pillar as their family.

Middle School Order of Heroes

Middle school students have a similar structure, joining the Order of Heroes in 6th grade. The 6 Orders are: Aeneas, Achilles, Heracles, Odysseus, Perseus, and Theseus.

Shared Vision

Merrol Hyde Magnet School is a unique, K-12 learning community that uses the Paideia philosophy of educating the whole child--mind, body, and spirit--to meet the needs of students.  We will provide intentional, rigorous, accelerated college-preparatory instruction focused on humanities and critical and creative thinking.

We will create a collaborative community where students and teachers actively engage in continual growth and learning, seek out and civilly discuss diverse ideas and values, and pursue solutions to enrich their lives and the lives of others.