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Hollis and Brookline

Hollis is a town in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 7,684 at the 2010 census. The town center village is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Hollis Village Historic District. The town was incorporated in the province of New Hampshire on April 3, 1746 as Holles but later was switched to Hollis, which is another story altogether.

The Town of Brookline is located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire with a population of 5011 as of 2011. First a part of Dunstable, Massachusetts, then settled as West Hollis, the town was granted in 1769 as Raby. Governor John Wentworth named it after his cousin, the 4th Earl of Strafford and Baron of Raby Castle. The town was renamed in 1798 at the suggestion of a leading citizen who was originally from Brookline, Massachusetts.

Today, the towns of Hollis and Brookline have a thriving equestrian community, with much of the landscape encompassing gently rolling pastures, apple orchards, and picturesque local farms and farmhouses. The towns also serve as bedroom communities for the Boston area as well as major New Hampshire cities.

SAU 41 serves three school districts:

  • Brookline, a PreK-6 elementary district consisting of the Richard Maghakian Memorial School (Grades PreK-3) and the Captain Samuel Douglass Academy (Grades 4-6)
  • Hollis, a grade PreK-6 elementary district consisting of the Hollis Primary School (Grade PreK-3) and the Hollis Upper Elementary School (Grade 4-6)
  • Hollis Brookline Cooperative School District serving grades 7-12 in two buildings, the Hollis Brookline Middle School (Grades 7-8) and the Hollis Brookline High School (Grades 9-12).

The SAU 41 offices are housed at 4 Lund Lane in Hollis, next to the Hollis Primary School.

Hollis Brookline High School is a National Blue Ribbon High School (2011) and is cited as #1 in New Hampshire and #514 in the United States by U. S. News & World Report (2012). It is ranked as #399 in the United States by Newsweek Magazine (2012).


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