Our History

The Hill Center was established in 1977 in Durham, North Carolina as the Hill Learning Development Center, with a mission to provide an intensive remediation program for students with specific learning disabilities or attention deficit disorders. Originally established as an adjunct program of nearby Durham Academy, in 1980 the Center was dedicated to founder George Watts Hill (pictured on right with his wife Anne Hill) and renamed The Hill Center.


In 1998, The Hill Center became a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with its own Board of Directors. Today, Hill operates as an affiliate of Durham Academy and serves a range of public and private school students, teachers, schools, and school districts in four distinct program areas: 

School Year ProgramSummer ProgramsTutoring Programs, and Teacher Training Programs


The George Watts Hill Award for Citizenship, Academic Progress, Initiative, and Community Service:

Hill bestowed the inaugural George Watts Hill Award in 1993, in memory of our founder. Each year, a student in each of Hill’s academic levels is selected by their teachers to receive this award in honor of their contributions to their community and commitment to academic growth. 


Congratulations to all the recipients of the George Watts Hill Award through the years!

2017: Amryn Murray, Jannire Camey, Jackie Wenzlik

2016: Kai Glass, Reece Wootton, Gabby Caiola

2015: Connor Albrecht, Elana Brown, Brett Gallagher

2014: Joshua Boone, Ben Hendrickson, Max Husack

2013: Hunter Walker, Sarah Leonard, Kathryn Francis

2012: Thomas Rasmussen, Brooks Walker, Kyle Shelley

2011: Talia Rice, Leah Steiner, Carolina Graff

2010: Samuel Chetty, Sarah Elisabeth Crouse, Finn Moylan

2009: Jacob Bobroff, Jay Irwin, Hannah Messick

2008: Kate Christensen, Taylor Engbrocks, Elizabeth Weaver

2007: Antonio Smith, Jamila Bryant, Marc Dufour

2006: Abby Rosenberg, Cade Michal, Jackson Few

2005: Aaron Brandt, Jenna Osborn, Olivia Althisar

2004: Lukas Parkin, Jennifer Redding, Thomas Rasmussen

2003: Mark Cusick, Nathaniel Smith, Katherine Koller

2002: Bart Fox, Quintrell Hayes, Carolyn Baxter

2001: Philip Pecevich, Sarah Miller, Katie Howell

2000: Bradley Hutchins, Nancy Russell, Tempe Morgan

1999: Michael Richtsmeier, Maria Frank, Drew Valenti

1998: Heather Dulebohn, Stephen Hayes, David King

1997: Becky Taft, Alex Carter, Chet Corey

1996: Elena Stankus, Brandon Torrey, Matt Blalock

1995: Daniel Swenson, William Branson, Sonya Lopez-Lengowski

1994: David Walker, Adam Riggs, Branham Pate

1993: Ryan Frost, Justin Stephens, Virginia Brown


"The Hill Center is proof that these children can learn if we learn how to teach them. I am so proud of The Hill Center and I hope that the whole nation will learn about this and two million teachers in America will learn how to teach all children successfully through the good work of The Hill Center." - James B. Hunt, Jr., Former North Carolina Governor

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Durham, NC 27705

Phone: 919.489.7464
Fax: 919.489.7466
Email: info@hillcenter.org

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