Alexander Hamilton High School (Los Angeles)
|Hamilton High School|
2955 South Robertson Boulevard
|School color(s)||Green and White|
|Athletics conference||CIF Los Angeles City Section|
|Website||Hamilton Home Page|
Alexander Hamilton High School 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.
Alexander Hamilton High School opened in fall 1931, with Thomas Hughes Elson as the principal. 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. 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.
In May 1931, while Hamilton was under construction, architects Austin and Ashley were selected to design Griffith Observatory. Individually, each had designed a Carnegie library: Austin conceived the Anaheim Public Library (opened 1909), and Ashley drew up Los Angeles' Arroyo Seco branch library (opened 1914). Together, they had designed Monrovia High School (opened 1928 – its front stairs are like Hamilton's, and it also has a bell tower). Austin designed Los Angeles High School's third location (opened 1917; demolished 1971) and the Shrine Auditorium (opened 1926), and he was one of three designers of Los Angeles City Hall (opened January 1, 1928).
The school's builders were Sarver & Zoss. Three post offices they later built are on the National Register of Historic Places: the Beverly Hills Main Post Office (opened 1934); the San Pedro Post Office (opened 1935), and Los Angeles' Terminal Annex (opened 1940).
Austin & Ashley later designed Hamilton's $100,000, six-room, auditorium, Waidelich Hall  which opened on April 20, 1937. Arthur George Waidelich was the second principal (1935–1936) and died at the school. In February 21, 1989, the auditorium was renamed Norman J. Pattiz Concert Hall. A brass plaque made by the industrial arts department to commemorate the 1937 dedication was removed during renovation.
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 exist Brown Hall (which houses administrative offices, the library, and classrooms and is named in honor of Walker Brown, Principal (1940–1956), 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), 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.
As of 2011–2012:
Small Learning Communities
Hamilton High is divided into six "small learning communities," or SLCs," which coordinate their own curricula and staff. They are:
- Academy of Music and Performing Arts
- Humanities Magnet, established in 1981
- 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.
Academy of Music and Performing Arts
The Music Academy is a Grammy-recognized school.
Hamilton's school newspaper is called The Federalist, a reference to and the original name of The Federalist Papers initiated and largely written by Alexander Hamilton. The Federalist has been archived by the Hamilton High Alumni Association.
The Humanities Magnet operates an editorial called "Die WeltanshauunG" ("World View").
Neighborhoods zoned to Hamilton
Keystone-Mentone complex, a student family housing facility of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), is zoned to Hamilton. Rose Avenue Apartments was previously zoned to Hamilton, but was rezoned to Venice High School in 2007.
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.
- Wil-Dog Abers, singer, Ozomatli
- Laila Ali, women's boxing champion
- Fiona Apple, singer-songwriter (sophomore year only)
- Stephen Baker, wide receiver for the 1989 Super Bowl champion New York Giants 
- Frank Bank, played "Lumpy" in the TV series Leave It To Beaver
- Karen Bass, representative of California's 37th congressional district and former Speaker of the Assembly
- Howard Berman (1959), formerly representative of California's 28th congressional district; chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee
- Kevin Bivona, music engineer founding member of punk/ska band *The Interrupters
- Albert Boime, author and academic historian
- Nick Bravin, Olympic fencer
- Lizzy Caplan, actress
- Warryn Campbell, music producer, Grammy winner Warryn Campbell
- Reeve Carney, singer-songwriter and actor 
- David Cassidy, pop star, actor (attended, didn't graduate)
- Billy Childs, pianist/composer
- Julian Coryell, guitarist, singer-songwriter, producer
- Jackie Cruz, actress
- Kaitlin Doubleday, actress
- Eligh né Eligh Nachowitz, rapper
- Mike Elizondo, bassist and producer
- Evan Freed, attorney, photographer of Robert F. Kennedy presidential campaign, 1968
- William Ginsburg (c:a 1961), attorney who represented Monica Lewinsky during investigations into her relationship with President Clinton
- Brian Austin Green, actor
- Joel Grey né Joel David Katz (1950), singer actor
- Alex Hannum, basketball player for USC, coach of two NBA championship teams, member of Basketball Hall of Fame
- Rita Hayworth née Margarita Carmen Cansino, iconic actress
- Jordan Hill, singer
- Emile Hirsch, actor
- Anna Homler, visual, performance and vocal artist
- J. Hoberman, film critic
- Alex Hoffman-Ellis, football linebacker
- Robert Hurwitz, former president, current chairman emeritus of Nonesuch Records
- Nipsey Hussle, rapper
- Sikivu Hutchinson, author and feminist educator
- Greg Johnson (game designer) (1977) – creator of the ToeJam & Earl and Starflight games
- Adam Kirsch, author, journalist, critic
- Paul Koretz, City of Los Angeles Council member representing the 5th District, and former Assemblyman (California's 42nd Assembly District)
- Shia LaBeouf, actor
- Abe Laboriel, Jr., drummer
- Michele Lee, Tony and Emmy-nominated singer, actress
- Olympia LePoint, author and rocket scientist
- Alex D. Linz, actor
- Tommy "Tiny" Lister, actor
- Jeff Long, bass player Wasted Youth (American band)
- Darris Love, actor
- Peanuts Lowrey, baseball player
- Rod Martin, NFL linebacker for the Los Angeles Raiders
- Al Michaels (1962), sportscaster
- Warren Moon (1974), NFL Hall of Fame quarterback
- Walter Mosley (1970), author
- Bill Mumy, actor
- Scarub, rapper, producer
- Eligh, rapper, producer
- Syd, Former member of Odd Future and lead vocalist for the soul band The Internet.
- Mann, Rapper best known for his singles "Buzzin" with 50 Cent and "The Mack" with Snoop Dogg and Iyaz.
- Murs, rapper
- Marc Norman, Academy Award-winning screenwriter
- Susan B. Nelson, conservationist and environmental activist
- Omarion, R&B singer
- Mimi Page, recording artist, songwriter, producer, composer
- Norman J. Pattiz, founder Westwood One, nation's largest radio network
- Randall Park, actor known for The Interview and Fresh Off the Boat
- Paula Patton, actress
- Michelle Phillips, actress, singer
- Kyla Pratt, actress
- Michael Preece, film and television director, script supervisor, producer, and actor
- Roger Pulvers (1961), playwright, theatre director and translator in Japan and Australia
- Ariel Rechtshaid, music producer, composer, musician
- Nikki Reed, actress
- Ben Rich, former director of the Lockheed Skunk Works; father of "stealth technology"
- Robert Ri'chard, actor
- Joni Robbins née Joan Eva Rothman, voice-over actress
- Steven Robman (1962), television and theatre director/producer
- Daniel Rossen, guitarist, singer for Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles
- Will Rothhaar, actor, Listen Up!
- Lynn Schenk (1962), lawyer, politician, U.S. Representative
- Jon Schwartz (drummer) (1974), drummer with singer-songwriter "Weird Al" Yankovic
- Robert Shapiro (1961?), one of the defense lawyers in the O.J. Simpson murder case
- Shade Sheist, recording artist, songwriter, producer, actor
- Joel Siegel (1961?), critic on ABC television, author
- Leigh Steinberg, sports agent
- Stew né Mark Stewart, composer, Tony Award-winning dramatist (Passing Strange)
- Houston Summers, R&B singer 
- Lilly Samuels Tartikoff Ballet dancer and philanthropist
- Gwen Verdon (~1943), film and Broadway actress
- Kamasi Washington, jazz saxophonist
- Sidney Wicks, UCLA basketball player and 1971 NBA Rookie of the Year
- John Wilbur, All-American football player at Stanford University, professional football player
- Mr. Novak (all episodes)
- Beverly Hills, 90210 (several episodes)
- CHiPs (couple of episodes)
- Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 (Episode: "Mean Girls...")
- Highway To Heaven (couple of episodes)
- Once and Again (several episodes)
- Our House (several episodes)
- Parker Lewis Can't Lose (several episodes)
- Sister, Sister (several episodes)
- Stu Erwin Show (facade at beginning of each show)
- That's So Raven (several episodes)
- Room 222
- Soap (façade at the beginning of each schoolroom scene)
- Sweet Valley High (All Episodes)
- Bones (Episode: "The Teacher In The Books")
- Without a Trace (Episode: "Safe")
- Ringer (several episodes)
- Heathers (TV Show)
- "I'm Not Okay I Promise" – My Chemical Romance
- "Just the Girl" – The Click 5
- "Wasting My Life" – The Hippos
- "Stole" – Kelly Rowland
- "Cinderella" – Lil' Romeo
- "Head of My Class" – Scooter ft Chris Brown
- "You're A Jerk" – New Boyz
- "New Perspective" – Panic! At The Disco
- "Im So Cocky" – Alley Kats
- "Tag Em In" – The Ranger$
- “Thank u, next” – Ariana Grande
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Education: Hamilton Academy of Music, Los Angeles, CA
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Mystery writer Walter Mosley, whose 1990 novel, "Devil in a Blue Dress," was made into a movie starring Denzel Washington, is a 1970 graduate of Hamilton High School.
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