Hughes attended Grandview Middle School and Hickory High School before graduating from Phillips Academy Andover.
“I had a drama club when he was in the seventh grade,” said Beverly Snowden, public information officer for Hickory Public Schools. “He performed at the old Grandview Middle School.”
Snowden said she saw many qualities in Hughes that showed his leadership.
“He was a wonderful young man, he had lots of patience and was extremely giving,” she said.
Snowden said Hughes was always thinking creatively.
“Verbally, if I would sit down with him, you could always see his mind working,” she said. “He was relatively quiet. He listened more than he spoke.”
Other teachers said Hughes success did not come as a shock.
“I don’t find it surprising,” said Sally Ross, director of Hickory High and Northview Middle’s orchestra. “He played the viola and piano. He was strongly talented and a very hard worker and a goal setter.”"
Facebook founder has Hickory roots
By Mary Elizabeth Robertson
Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, joined New America President Anne-Marie Slaughter to tell stories of the very beginnings of the social network. In this podcast, they spoke about pre-Facebook applications like study guides and course planning tools, and how the foundation was laid for what the social network would become.
"The very first version was a little like a wiki page…You could go in and completely change your friend’s profile," said Chris Hughes today at a leadership and innovation series at the New America Foundation in New York City. He’s talking about an early iteration of Facebook, the company he helped found as a college sophomore at Harvard.
The editor-in-chief of the New Republic discusses the challenges of updating the media brand for the social age
December 12th, 2013
Fireside chat with New Republic’s Chris Hughes