One thing that is working, some students said, is the commitment of teachers to preparing students for college or the workforce..
Chance Brady, captain of the Hillies football team, said he is thankful for the education he receives at Haverhill High.
“You’re challenged here,” Brady said. “I have great teachers who really want to make you progress and not just fly you by.
“Here you’re looking for adversity,’’ he said. “You’re not looking for the easy path. You’re looking for the hardest path because you know you can do it.”