The Hillsboro N.M. Community Center was designed by Trost & Trost Architects and Engineers and built as a public high school. Completed in 1922 the school was Sierra County’s first four-year high school. Below is the original blueprint for the building:
Built prominently on Hillsboro’s southern ridge with a commanding view of the town, the building continued to be used as a high school until 1940, and from 1940 until 1970 it functioned as an elementary school for Hillsboro and the surrounding communities. The class picture below was believed to have been taken in 1932:
The school after many years of service:
In 1970 the building ceased functioning as a school, and was turned over to the citizens of Hillsboro to be used as a multi-purpose community center. The concrete tennis court was installed in the early 1970’s, and the playground equipment was added by Sierra County shortly thereafter.
In 1986 the Hillsboro Community Center was entered in the State Register of Cultural Properties as a contributing resource of the Hillsboro Historic District and in 1993 obtained federal status on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1995 a series of major repairs and improvements were done to the buildings, including repairs to the roof, windows, exterior doors, plumbing and heating system. These repairs brought the building up to current safety codes and enhanced its capacity as a community center.
Today the Hillsboro Community Center serves many functions: as a meeting place for local interest groups and boards, an emergency center in times of need, as a venue for concerts and plays, and as a learning center with a well-stocked library. Much of the funding for the Center’s day-to-day operations is donated by local residents and activities are coordinated by the all-volunteer Community Center Board.
We thank you for your interest in the Community Center and encourage you to contact us with any questions or if you wish to donate to the Center’s continued operation.