Hill Learning Center was established in 1977 in Durham, North Carolina as the Learning Development Center (LDC), with a mission to provide an intensive remediation program for students with specific learning disabilities or attention deficit disorders. Originally established as a program of nearby Durham Academy, in 1980 the Center was dedicated to founder George Watts Hill and renamed the Hill Learning Development Center (HLDC). The name was shortened to The Hill Center in 1996. In the 2017-18 school year Hill celebrated its 40th Anniversary and in the fall of 2018 The Hill Center name was changed to Hill Learning Center.

In 1998, Hill became a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with its own Board of Directors. Hill maintains an affiliation with Durham Academy and serves a range of public and private school students, teachers, schools, and school districts in four distinct program areas: School, Summer, Tutoring, and Educator Professional Development Programs.