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Hamilton High School opened in fall 1931, with Thomas Hughes Elson as the principal. At the time, its attendance boundaries included Culver City, and in 1932 they extended as far north as Mulholland Highway.
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 (the lab building, named in honor of Jack Brown, a noted electronics instructor), 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:
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.
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.
The Humanities Magnet, an intellectual hub of the campus, and statistically among the highest-scoring independent academic programs in all of L.A.U.S.D., was established in 1981. It offers an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum notable for its inclusion of Art History, Psychology, Philosophy, Ancient Civilization, and Grammar. As a university preparatory program, most classes in the Humanities Magnet are Honors or Advanced Placement level. The faculty of the Humanities Magnet includes two PhDs--Dr. Daniel Victor, English, and Dr. Robert Coad, Art History—and a stable of unconventional veteran teachers like Alan Kaplan, Gregg Beytin, Kim Pollock, Cesar Campos, Liz Colker, and Barry Smolin.
Annually, an average of 98% of the magnet's graduates are admitted to colleges and universities. Of that group, more than 80% are accepted to four- year colleges or universities.
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 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, Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Track, Softball, Swim, Tennis, and Baseball.
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 school colors are green and white.
As of 2006-2007 :
Palms Middle School and Webster Middle School feed into Hamilton.
- Joseph Le Conte Middle
- Rosewood Avenue Elementary
- 4th Street Primary Center
- Abraham Lincoln Senior High
- Academia Avance Charter
- Academia Semillas Del Pueblo
- Accelerated Elementary Charter
- Aggeler Community Day
- Alain Leroy Locke Senior High
- Albert Einstein Continuation
- Albion Street Elementary
- Aldama Elementary
- Alexander Fleming Middle
- Alexandria Avenue Elementary
- Alfred Bernhard Nobel Middle
- Allesandro Elementary
- Alphonso B. Perez Special Education Center
- Alta Loma Elementary
- Amanecer Primary Center
- Amelia Earhart Continuation
- Amestoy Elementary
- Anatola Avenue Elementary
- Andasol Avenue Elementary