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New Assistant Principal at South High School

 Assistant Principal Adam Hopkins stands in front of South High School

South High School welcomes Adam Hopkins as a new Assistant Principal following the retirement of Dr. Sharon Applebaum.

Mr. Hopkins comes to Great Neck from the West Hempstead School District, where he served as a high school assistant principal and the district’s director of guidance, music, and related arts.

Prior to becoming a school administrator in West Hempstead in 2014, Mr. Hopkins had a combined eight years of experience as a school counselor at George W. Hewlett High School in the Hewlett-Woodmere School District and H. Frank Carey High School in the Sewanhaka Central High School District. In 2011, Mr. Hopkins was a recipient of the Yale Educator of the Year award, which recognizes outstanding educators who support and inspire their students to achieve at high levels.

Mr. Hopkins says he has “great pride and excitement” as he takes on the Assistant Principal role at South High. “I am eager to work alongside the caring and talented professionals, students, and families of the Great Neck community,” says Mr. Hopkins. “I am looking forward to building lasting relationships that will continue to foster a love of teaching and learning that is evident here in South High School.”  

Before his career in public education on Long Island, Mr. Hopkins had a successful coaching career in college athletics. He was the head men’s lacrosse coach at Arizona State University from 2006-2007; an assistant lacrosse coach at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) from 2003-2006; and the head men’s lacrosse coach at the University of Arizona from 2000-2003. Mr. Hopkins was named WCLL Coach of the Year in 2007, and inducted into the NYIT Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.

Mr. Hopkins earned a Master of Education in school counseling and a Bachelor of Science in interdisciplinary studies from NYIT. He also holds a Certification in School Building Leadership and School District Leadership from Queens College.