According to legend and word of mouth, Hewes was scheduled to open in the fall of 1966, but as construction was behind, students instead opened the year attending Columbus Tustin in a double session. Hewes later opened in January of 1967. The area around Hewes looked very different at that time.

Hewes Middle School just celebrated 50 years on June 9, 2017. The tradition of honoring, "Rich Past, Bold Future," is honored in the academic programs offered at Hewes and supported by the staff to ensure students are provided a 21st century learning environment.