Hawkins Middle School is a middle school in the city of Hawkins in the Roane County School District. It is located next to Hawkins High School. Its football team is the Cubs, corresponding to the high school's team, the Tigers.
On the morning of November 7, Mike, Dustin, and Lucas arrived at the school where they encountered the bullies Troy and James. Later, after Mr. Clarke's class had ended, he led the boys to the AV room where he showed them the new Heathkit. As the boys were using the device, they were called to the principal's office for questioning. They were then questioned by the Chief of Police Jim Hopper about Will Byers's disappearance.
The boys brought Eleven to the school in order to use the Heathkit to contact Will. Before they could do so, they had to attend an assembly being held in honor of Will's death. During the assembly, Mike and the others overheard Troy and James insulting Will. Mike confronted them, pushing Troy down. Before Troy could hit Mike back, Eleven froze him in place and made him urinate on himself.
In the AV room, Eleven successfully channeled Will through the Heathkit. As the kids listened in on his conversation with his mother, they discovered he was in a place identical to his home but “dark and cold.” However, the radio suddenly caught on fire, causing the school's fire alarms to go off. Principal Coleman later hired a repairman to inspect the destroyed device.
After coming up with a plan to create a makeshift isolation tank, the group decided to set it up at the Middle School due to the large supply of deicing salt. Eleven was able to use the tank to find and contact Will, who was hiding in Castle Byers in the Upside Down. Hopper and Joyce decided to break into the lab, while Nancy and Jonathan resolved to kill the Monster.When Mike discovered that everyone else had gone, Dustin decided to raid the cafeteria for chocolate pudding. As they waited for Dustin and Lucas, Mike invited Eleven to the Snow Ball and they shared a kiss. Soon after, Brenner and several other agents from Hawkins Lab stormed the school in search for Eleven. In an attempt to protect her friends, Eleven used her abilities to crush several of the agents' brains. Attracted by the blood, the Monster emerged from a portal in the school's wall. The kids managed to take refuge in the science classroom, but the Monster soon found them. Eleven then used her powers to pin the Monster to the wall. She looked back at her friends and wished Mike goodbye, then disintegrated the Monster, mysteriously vanishing in the process.
Eleven was revealed to be alive in the Upside Down of Hawkins Middle School and came out to the hallways of the school through the portal created by the Monster, to find Mike.
On the day of Halloween, Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Will dressed in their Ghostbusters costumes only to find out that no one else had dressed up for the occasion. Later, when Dustin brought Dart to the school and showed it to Mike, Will, Lucas and Max at the AV room, they concluded that Dart was from the Upside Down. Before they could do anything, Dart escaped.
As the kids split up to find Dart, Will encountered it and tried to retrieve it. However, Dart screamed which caused Will to experience another episode at the Upside Down, where the shadow creature ultimately possessed him.After the Gate was finally closed, on December 1984, the annual Snow Ball' 84 was held in the school's premises and all the kids including Eleven, attended the school dance for the first time, with Lucas dancing with Max, Will dancing with another unknown girl and Nancy feeling pity for Dustin, invited him to dance. Mike and Eleven reunited again and they danced, sharing a kiss, to the song "every breath you take". As the kids were in excitement, the Mind Flayer, still alive in the Upside Down, loomed over the school.
- Dustin Henderson
- Greg McCorkle
- Jennifer Hayes
- Lucas Sinclair
- Max Mayfield
- Mike Wheeler
- Will Byers
Behind the scenes
The actual filming location is the Patrick Henry High School, located at 109 South Lee Street in Stockbridge, Georgia. The same location was used for Hawkins High School.