Alexander Hamilton High School (Los Angeles)

Alexander Hamilton High School (Los Angeles)
Alexander Hamilton High School
Hamilton High School LAUSD Entrance.jpg
Los Angeles, California, United States
Type High School
Established 1931
Locale 2955 South Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90034
34°02′00″N 118°23′23″W / 34.033451°N 118.389667°W / 34.033451; -118.389667
Principal Gary P. Garcia
Grades A-F System
Number of students 3,022
Athletics Hamilton High School Yankees
Mascot "Yankees"

Alexander Hamilton High School is a public high school within the Westside of Los Angeles, California, United States. It is in the Los Angeles Unified School District.



Hamilton High School opened in fall 1931, with Thomas Hughes Elson as the principal.[1] At the time, its attendance boundaries included Culver City[2], and in 1932 they extended as far north as Mulholland Highway.[3]

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 exists Brown Hall (which houses administrative offices, the library, and classrooms and is named in honor of Jack Brown, a noted electronics instructor), the lab building, the tech building, the humanities building, the music building, and other structures. There is a large Theater Hall, a cafeteria, two gym buildings, boys' and girls' gym, and a workshop building. Adjacent is a Department of Water and Power building and Cheviot Hills High School, a continuation school.


Hamilton High is divided into six "small learning communities," or SLCs," which coordinate their own curricula and staff. They are:

  • Academy of Music
  • Humanities Magnet
  • CAA (Communication Arts Academy)
  • Global Studies
  • BIT (Business & Interactive Technology)
  • MSM (Math Science Medical)

During the 2008/2009 school year, the L & M (Leadership & Management) was eliminated and the students were placed in the four remaining non-magnet SLCs.

The Humanities Magnet and the Music Academy have their own buildings. Classes in those buildings are mostly held for that program, and offer teachers trained in those areas. The other SLC divisions hold classes in the larger main buildings.

Academy of Music

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 as they struggled to cope with the demands of being a student, a musician, and a teenager in and out of the concert hall.

What makes the Academy of Music unique from other high schools is that it offers a large array of classes and programs in music and other performing arts. Hamilton Academy of Music students take traditional high school classes, but are also enrolled in classes in the Academy's elective departments. The Dance Department has two shows a year where the dancers get to showcase all they have learned. The Choir Department has a winter and spring voice concert and a benefit concert in the spring to raise money for competitions and choir trips. The Drama Department has two major productions in each semester and goes to other schools to perform as well have scene nights open to the public.

The Music Academy is a Grammy-recognized school. Hamilton Music Academy has won countless national and local awards. Many of its graduates have gone into the entertainment industry and are very successful. Even the staff have done productions in the entertainment industry.

The Choir department offers 5 courses with three training choirs and two performance choirs: Men's ensemble, Women's C and B choirs, and the performance choirs: Women's A & Vocal Jazz Choirs

The Dance department offers: Beginning Jazz, Intermediate 1,2,3, Advanced production, and a dance team.

The Drama department offers: Beginning, Intermidiate, Advanced, Theater Workshop & Play Production

The school is also equipped with a music studio in the Electronic Music Department.

Humanities Magnet

The Humanities Magnet was established in 1981.


Many of the sports teams in Hamilton High school are known for being great competitors. They have over 100 trophies won from various of sport competitions. The 2009-2010 Varsity Football team won the first Division 2 City Championship in Hamilton's History. The Hamilton Yankees have made it very far over the past few years, to either city or state finals. The school currently has the following sports; Cross Country, Soccer, Golf, Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Track, Softball, Swim, Tennis, and Baseball.

Co-curricular activities

Hamilton's school newspaper is called The Federalist, a reference to The Federalist Papers, the writings of the Revolutionary patriot Alexander Hamilton, after whom the school was named. The Humanities Magnet began a school opinionated editorial (open to all SLCs) called "Die WeltanshauunG" which means "World View" in German. The school colors are green and white.

Neighborhoods zoned to Hamilton

Keystone-Mentone complex, a student family housing facility of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), is zoned to Hamilton.[4][5] Rose Avenue Apartments was previously zoned to Hamilton, but was rezoned to Venice High School in 2007.[6][7]


As of 2011-2012

  • Gifted and talented 23%
  • Students with disabilities 11%
  • English learners/ESL 10%
  • Reclassified fluent/English proficient 29%
  • Economically disadvantaged 43%
  • Students entering and leaving 19%

Feeder schools

Palms Middle School, Webster Middle School and Marina Del Rey Middle School feed into Hamilton. Louis Pasteur JHS (now LACES), fed some of its graduates to Hamilton.[citation needed]

Notable alumni

Filming location

The school has been used for several movies, television shows, and music videos.

TV Shows


Music Videos


  1. ^ The Citizen, June 12, 1931, p. 10, and November 20, 1931, p. 1
  2. ^ "Culver City History :: Schools". City of Culver City. Retrieved 2009-04-23. [dead link]
  3. ^ The Citizen, January 29, 1932, p. 11.
  4. ^ "Keystone-Mentone Apartments." University of California Los Angeles. Retrieved on October 2, 2011. "Location: Keystone/Mentone Apartments 3767-3777 Mentone Avenue 3770-3780 Keystone Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90034"
  5. ^ "School Finder." Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on October 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "Rose Avenue Apartments." University of California Los Angeles. Retrieved on October 2, 2011. "Location: Rose Avenue Apartments 11140 & 11130 Rose Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90034"
  7. ^ "Proposed Changed to Hamilton High School Area Schools". Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ Vacchiano, Ralph (September 26, 2009). "Former Giants 'Touchdown Maker' Stephen Baker still making a difference". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  9. ^ Mcquaid, Peter (December 17, 2000). "BOXER REBELLION". Los Angeles Times Magazine. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  10. ^ The Official Web Site of Shade Sheist
  11. ^ Lindell, Karen (02). "Spider-Man's Reeve Carney talks about Bono, Edge and his band". @U2. @U2. Retrieved 2011-08-16. "Education: Hamilton Academy of Music, Los Angeles, CA" 
  12. ^ a b "Chronic Groove - Mike Elizondo Brings Diversity & Soul To Dr. Dre’s Hip-Hop World". Bass Player Magazine. San Bruno, California. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  13. ^ Katz, Mickey. Papa, play for me. Hannibal Coons, foreword by Joel Grey, introduction by Josh Kun. Middletown, Connecticut: Wesleyan University Press. p. 105. ISBN 0-8195-6433-8. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  14. ^ "Emile Hirsch Biography". Yahoo! Movies. AEC One Stop Group, Inc.. Retrieved 2009-04-22. "Education: Paul Revere Middle School, Brentwood, CA, Hamilton High School, Los Angeles, CA" 
  15. ^ "Paula Patton Is Pregnant Actress",, March 9, 2008
  16. ^ "ALL OF HOUSTON'S ARTICLES!". Houston Message Board. Powered by Invision Power Board. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  17. ^ Crowe, Jerry. "In time of great change, Sidney Wicks helped UCLA stay the same", Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2009

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