Alexander Hamilton High School (Los Angeles)

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Alexander Hamilton High School
Hamilton High School LAUSD Entrance.jpg
Address
2955 South Robertson Boulevard

,
90034

Coordinates34°02′00″N 118°23′23″W / 34.033451°N 118.389667°W / 34.033451; -118.389667Coordinates: 34°02′00″N 118°23′23″W / 34.033451°N 118.389667°W / 34.033451; -118.389667
Information
TypePublic
Established1931
PrincipalJennifer Baxter
Enrollment2,586 (2019–20)[1]
Color(s)Green and white
Athletics conferenceCIF Los Angeles City Section
Western League
NicknameYankees
NewspaperThe Vitruvian
WebsiteHome page of Hamilton High School

Alexander Hamilton High School, also known as Hamilton High School[2] or Hamilton,[3] is a public high school in the Castle Heights neighborhood within the Westside of Los Angeles, California, United States. It is in the Los Angeles Unified School District. It was established in 1931.

History[edit]

Alexander Hamilton High School opened in Fall 1931, with Thomas Hughes Elson as the principal.[4] It was designed by architects John C. Austin and Frederick C. Ashley. The three-story administration building held the administration, library, and science departments and 24 classrooms. Other buildings were a manual training building, another for physical training, and a fourth for the cafeteria and "domestic science." The capacity would be 1000, with plans permitting increasing to 2500. Building costs were $125,000 for the land, $400,000 for the structure, and $200,000 for equipment.[5] Built in the Northern Italian Renaissance style, multicolored and patterned brickwork, elaborate cast stone decoration, and a bell tower clad in verdigris copper distinguish the building.[6]

Austin and Ashley later designed Hamilton's $100,000, six-room, auditorium, Waidelich Hall[7] which opened on April 20, 1937.[8] The hall was named after Arthur George Waidelich, the second principal at the school.[9] On February 21, 1989, the auditorium was renamed the Norman J. Pattiz Concert Hall.[10] A brass plaque made by the industrial arts department to commemorate the 1937 dedication was removed during renovation.[citation needed]

Early photographs from the school's archives show the campus in its pre-World War II state, with only the main building completed. The photos show dozens of 1920s and 30s cars parked along Robertson Boulevard in front of the school. The bell tower still exists today, but no longer houses a working bell.

Today, there are Brown Hall (which houses administrative offices, the library, and classrooms and is named in honor of Walker Brown, Principal (1940–1956),[11] the lab building, the tech building, the humanities building, the music building, and other structures. There is a large theater hall, named Norman J. Pattiz Concert Hall,[10] a cafeteria, two gym buildings (boys' and girls'), and a workshop building. On the west part of the campus is Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Distribution Station 20 and Cheviot Hills High School, a continuation school. The athletic fields include Al Michaels Field (a football and track stadium named for sportscaster Al Michaels, Hamilton's famous alum) and a community garden, the Hami Garden. The Hami Garden was a joint project funded by the South Robertson Neighborhood Council and the Hami High Environmental Club in 2009. It is maintained by community members and Hamilton High School students.

Alexander Hamilton High School was in the Los Angeles City High School District until 1961, when it merged into LAUSD.[12]

In 1932, its attendance boundaries extended as far north as Mulholland Highway.[13] In fall 2007, some neighborhoods zoned to Hamilton were rezoned to Venice High School.[14]

Demographics[edit]

As of 2019–2020, there were 2,586 students enrolled at Hamilton High School.[1]

Enrollment by race/ethnicity:

Enrollment by race/ethnicity at Hamilton High School

  Asian (4.952%)
  African American (25.947%)
  Hispanic (51.585%)
  White (15.390%)
  Multiracial (1.624%)

Enrollment by gender:

Enrollment by gender at Hamilton High School

  Male (46.249%)
  Female (53.751%)

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Academy of Music and Performing Arts[edit]

Composer Marion Vree taught music and directed the chorus at Hamilton during the 1950s.[15]

The Music Academy gained national attention in June 2002 when the Disney Channel premiered the reality TV show Totally in Tune, which chronicled members of the Academy's Symphony Orchestra.

The Music Academy is a Grammy-recognized school.[16]

Notable people[edit]

Alumni[edit]

Film and television[edit]

Law[edit]

Literature[edit]

Music[edit]

Sports[edit]

Politics[edit]

Other[edit]

Faculty[edit]

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