Alexander Hamilton High School (Los Angeles)
|Alexander Hamilton High School|
|Los Angeles, California
|Locale||2955 South Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90034
|Principal||Gary P. Garcia|
|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
|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.
Hamilton High School opened in fall 1931, with Thomas Hughes Elson as the principal. 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, 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 (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).
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 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. As an interesting aside, local tenor saxophone player Kamasi_Washington is also a 1999 graduate.
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 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
- Carmit Bachar, dancer-singer in the Pussycat Dolls
- 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
- Albert Boime, author and academic historian
- Sarah Brown, actress
- Lizzy Caplan, actress
- Warryn Campbell, music producer, Grammy winner Warryn Campbell
- Reeve Carney, singer-songwriter and actor 
- David Cassidy, pop star, actor
- Billy Childs, pianist/composer
- Julian Coryell, guitarist, singer-songwriter, producer
- 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
- Rowby Goren, Emmy-winning comedy writer and internet performer
- 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
- 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, director, producer and screenwriter
- 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, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback
- Walter Mosley (1970), author
- Bill Mumy, actor
- Murs, rapper
- Marc Norman, Academy Award-winning screenwriter
- 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 who played Kim Jong-Un in The Interview
- Paula Patton, actress
- Michelle Phillips, actress, singer
- Kyla Pratt, actress
- Michael Preece, film and television director, script supervisor, producer, and actor
- 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
- Darren Robinson, guitarist for the pop-rock band Phantom Planet
- 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
- 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
- Trak D, record producer and engineer
- Gwen Verdon (~1943), film and Broadway actress
- 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)
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Education: Hamilton Academy of Music, Los Angeles, CA
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Education: Paul Revere Middle School, Brentwood, CA, Hamilton High School, 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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