Hamilton High School (Chandler, Arizona)

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Hamilton High School
Address
3700 S. Arizona Ave.
Chandler, Arizona, 85248
United States of America
Coordinates 33°15′10″N 111°50′34″W / 33.252912°N 111.842714°W / 33.252912; -111.842714Coordinates: 33°15′10″N 111°50′34″W / 33.252912°N 111.842714°W / 33.252912; -111.842714
Information
Type Public High school
Motto Dare to Dream[1]
Established 1998
School district Chandler Unified School District
Principal Fred DePrez
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 3,696[2] (October 1, 2013)
Color(s) Black, Maroon and Silver
Mascot Husky
Newspaper The Paw Print
Yearbook Notlimah
Website
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Hamilton High School is a public high school in Chandler, Arizona, United States of America. It is Arizona's largest high school, with more than 3,600 students. It was the first high school in Chandler to have a branch of the Chandler Public Library integrated into the school.

Name[edit]

The school was named after the Hamilton family, one of the pioneer families of Chandler. The Hamiltons moved to Chandler from Texas around the start of the 20th century and farmed for generations the land where Hamilton High School now stands. John Augustus Hamilton, one of the Hamilton brothers who farmed the land the school is built on, was a World War I combat veteran and sheriff of the southeast area of Phoenix. The school football stadium now stands on what was known for years as Hamilton's Corner, the corner of Arizona Avenue/Arizona State Route 87 and Ocotillo, where the Hamiltons ran a general store. The front of the store often had horses hitched to the hitching post, and buckboard wagons came into town for supplies.

Academics[edit]

Hamilton High received the Chandler Education Foundation 100% Awareness status from 1998–2001[citation needed], and was the only Arizona A+ school in 2005. 85% of Hamilton's faculty has a master's degree, which is a higher percentage than any other public school in Arizona. Hamilton students score well in academics with ACT scores above state and national averages in all test subject areas.[3] 85% of Hamilton students plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college after graduating.

Athletics[edit]

Students have numerous athletic activities available to them, including volleyball, football, cheerleading, soccer, basketball, golf, lacrosse, hockey, softball, wrestling, tennis, badminton, Drill Team, swimming, diving and rugby. Its traditional rival in the Chandler School District is Chandler High School, but competition has increased with the city's second newest high school, Basha High School. The city of Chandler and Chandler Unified School District's rapid growth has contributed to the construction of a fourth high school in the district, Perry High School, which opened in 2007.

Hamilton High School's football teams have been consistently successful. They won Arizona Division 5A State Championship in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012.[4] Hamilton's 53-game winning streak ended at the 5A state championships when they lost to Phoenix Desert Vista on November 26, 2011.[5] Hamilton has enjoyed some national attention through its players such as Christian Westerman,[6] Gerell Robinson,[7] Kerry Taylor,[8] current NFL Arizona Cardinals Dontay Moch, current NFL Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and MLS star Tony Cascio currently playing for the Colorado Rapids.

The baseball team won four state championships in 2003, 2004, 2008 and 2014.[9] Hamilton's coed cheer squad regularly competes and finishes in the top five at the national championships, and has won the state championship almost every year since Hamilton opened.[citation needed] The hockey team won state in 2014 as well.

Activities[edit]

Extracurricular activities include 27 interscholastic athletic teams, a chapter of the National Honor Society, Academic Decathlon, We the People, Speech and Debate, student government, and forty clubs and organizations. Among these are the FFA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Step Dancing Club, Invisible Children Club, Key Club, Young Republicans, Young Democrats, Muslim Students' Association, Asian Club, JROTC, and Dance Dance Revolution Club.

Hamilton competed in the International Public Policy Forum debate in New York in 2014 and won the competition and left as world champions.

Each year, Hamilton hosts the Hamilton Invitational Science and Engineering Fair (HISEF), in which high-school students from all schools in the Chandler School District compete in many different categories, including biology, physics, mathematics and computers, behavioral science, botany, and zoology. Elementary and middle-schoolers also compete in their own divisions. In addition, the SECME mousetrap car competitions are held the day of the fair.

Design[edit]

Cafeteria

Initially built to hold 2,600 students, as of October 1, 2013, the school holds 3,696 students.

Hamilton is, for the most part, a two story, completely enclosed campus. All main classrooms and main facilities are inside of the same building, with the exception of few mobile classrooms, in the back part of the school. This keeps students out of the hot Arizona weather during the summer, and it creates a safer environment. Each class is located in one of Hamilton's eight main hallways. Each hallway has its own staircase so students do not have to go traverse a crowded main hallway in order to get to a class upstairs. The main hallways are the only connection to the library, administrations office, cafeteria, gym, and auditorium located on the southern side of the school. Many electives such as P.E., theater, choir, band, and orchestra take place in these areas. The auditorium and cafeteria each seat about 600 students, the gym seats about 1,900, and the football stadium seats 10,000. Hamilton also has a track, a public swimming pool where the swim & dive team practices, 10 tennis courts, two soccer fields, and six fields used for baseball and practice. Construction on a second building begun early 2014 and will be completed in September 2014. The new building will have 12 freshmen and sophomore level classes.

Notable alumni[edit]

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