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History of HBHA

The Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy was founded in 1966 by a group of parents who felt strongly about having a Jewish day school education for their children. Hyman Brand, z”l, served as the first president. The school opened its doors with 33 students and was first located in rented facilities at the Ohev Sholom Synagogue. By 1973, an Upper School was created and additional space rented from the Asbury United Methodist Church. HBHA graduated its first class with nine seniors in January 1976. In response to a dramatic increase in student enrollment, a former Blue Valley School District elementary school, located on College Boulevard, was purchased in October 1979. This was made possible through the efforts of Arthur Brand, z”l, the son of Hyman Brand, z”l; Rabbi Gershon Hadas, z”l, Neil Sosland, and Harry C. Feingold.
 
In August 1980, classrooms were leased at the Kehilath Israel school building for the Upper School, and finally, in January of 1981, the Upper School was moved into portable annex buildings on the College Boulevard property, thereby uniting all HBHA students at one location. The property consisted of 7.3 acres of land, including the Louis and Dorothy Cumonow Lower School Building. It had 13 classrooms, the Lowenstein Library, the Flo Harris Social Hall, and a kosher kitchen furnished by the HBHA Auxiliary. During the spring and summer of 1984, building additions, including a new kindergarten wing, four Upper School classrooms and a new science laboratory, were added. 
 
When the Jewish Community Campus building opened in the fall of 1988, HBHA moved into the facility. The school has continued to grow with a current enrollment of 232 students. Additional rooms and space have been created to accommodate the mounting needs of a large Jewish day school. In 1998, the Dan Fingersh Garden was built in memory of a former student. It provides a place for reflection and outdoor instruction.