Alexander Hamilton High School (Los Angeles)

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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 Brenda Pensamiento
Grades A-F System
Number of students 3,022
School color(s) Green and White
Athletics Hamilton High School Yankees
Athletics conference Western League
CIF Los Angeles City Section
Mascot "Yankees"

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.


Hamilton High School opened in fall 1931, with Thomas Hughes Elson as the principal.[1] Arthur George Waidelich was the second principal (1935-1936) and died at the school. The theater was named in his honor, a brass plaque denoting this was removed during renovation. 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, named Pattiz 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. The athletic fields include Al Michaels Field (a football and track stadium named for sportscaster Al Michaels, Hamilton's most famous alum).

In fall 2007, some neighborhoods zoned to Hamilton were rezoned to Venice High School.[4]


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%

Small Learning Communities[edit]

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[edit]

The Music Academy gained national attention in June of 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.

Co-curricular activities[edit]

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 Humanities Magnet operates an editorial called "Die WeltanshauunG" ("World View").

Neighborhoods zoned to Hamilton[edit]

Keystone-Mentone complex, a student family housing facility of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), is zoned to Hamilton.[5][6] Rose Avenue Apartments was previously zoned to Hamilton, but was rezoned to Venice High School in 2007.[7][8]

Feeder schools[edit]

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[edit]

Filming location[edit]

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

TV Shows


Music Videos


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  29. ^ Crowe, Jerry. "In time of great change, Sidney Wicks helped UCLA stay the same", Los Angeles Times, March 2, 2009

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