Hawthorne opened in September 1957 as a combined junior high/elementary school to serve students living in the North Pocatello area. By 1973, the elementary school established its own name, and two years later, received its own building at another site. The junior high took over the vacated portion of the old building.
Before Hawthorne opened, the school district had operated under a 6-2-4 plan, i.e. six years of elementary school, two years of junior high school, and four years of senior high school. With the additional space Hawthorne provided, the district switched to a 6-3-3 plan, retaining graduating 8th graders at the junior highs as 9th graders. Currently the school district sends 9th graders to the high schools again, so Hawthorne Junior High became Hawthorne Middle School to reflect the change.
2011–2012 Academic Performance
|Hawthorne Average||District Average||State Average|
|ISAT Reading Proficiency||92.9%||94.4%||93.2%|
|ISAT Math Proficiency||86.7%||89.3%||87.9%|
|ISAT Language Proficiency||Goal Met||Goal Met||Goal Not Met|