Hamilton High School (New Jersey)

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Hamilton High School West
2720 South Clinton Avenue
Hamilton, NJ 08610
Coordinates 40°11′57″N 74°43′24″W / 40.1992°N 74.7233°W / 40.1992; -74.7233Coordinates: 40°11′57″N 74°43′24″W / 40.1992°N 74.7233°W / 40.1992; -74.7233
Type Public
Motto "Tradition, Pride, and Excellence"
School district Hamilton Township School District
Principal Brian Smith
Vice Principals Nicole Dickens-Simon
Bryan Rogers
Chuck Zalescik
Faculty 100.1 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,318[1] (as of 2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 13.2:1[1]
Color(s)      Orange
Athletics conference Colonial Valley Conference
Team name Hornets[2]

Hamilton High School West is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades located in Hamilton Township, in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States, operating as one of the three secondary schools of the Hamilton Township School District.

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,318 students and 100.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.2:1. There were 432 students (32.8% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 100 (7.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 222nd-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology.[3] The school had been ranked 275th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 258th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[4] The magazine ranked the school 262nd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[5] The school was ranked 240th in the magazine's 2008 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[6]


The Hamilton High School Hornets[2] compete in the Colonial Valley Conference, which is composed of private and public high schools located in Mercer County and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[7] With 922 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as Central Jersey, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 776 to 1,073 students in that grade range.[8]

The girls basketball team won the Group IV state championship in 1983 against Plainfield High School. The boys basketball team won the 2004 Group III state title, defeating Malcolm X Shabazz High School in the tournament final.[9] The 2005–06 Boys Basketball team won the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III state sectional title with a 58-49 win over Monroe Township High School.[10]

Hamilton West competes in an annual Thanksgiving Day football game against Steinert High School, the only annual game played in Mercer County.[11] With a 29-14 victory over Steinert in November 2010 at the 52nd meeting, Hamilton leads the series 32-19-1.[12]

Marching Band[edit]

The Hamilton High School West Marching Band is a division of the Hamilton West Bands, which comprises the Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Saxophone Quartet, Brass Quintet and Jazz Ensembles. The Marching Band became competitive in the Fall of 2006, and competes in the USBands Marching Band Circuit. The Instrumental Program at Hamilton West was in place on the first day of school (September 8, 1930), and the first Director of Bands was Harlan D. Darling. The band is also known throughout the state as "The Pride of Mercer County." The school's "fight song" is called "Loyalty", and their Alma Mater is the melody of "Far Above Cayuga's Waters", which is the Alma Mater for Cornell University, and is played by the Marching Band at the end of every home football game.[13]


Core members of the school's administration are:[14][15]

  • Brian Smith – Principal
  • Nicole Dickens-Simon – Vice Principal
  • Bryan Rogers – Vice Principal
  • Chuck Zalescik – Vice Principal

Sister schools[edit]

The two other high schools in the district are:

Notable alumni[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Hamilton West-Watson, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 9, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Hamilton High School West, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 9, 2015.
  3. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  4. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 1, 2012.
  5. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 26, 2011.
  6. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed February 26, 2011.
  7. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 22, 2014.
  8. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for Central Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed September 22, 2014.
  9. ^ NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 9, 2015.
  10. ^ 2006 Boys Basketball - Central, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 31, 2011.
  11. ^ O'Gorman, George. "HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Hamilton rallies to top Steinert on Thanksgiving", The Trentonian, November 25, 2010. Accessed July 31, 2011. "The win put Hamilton’s lead in Mercer County’s only holiday rivalry to 32-19-1 and ended the Hornets season at 8-3 — their best record since Hoglen’s 2001 team went 9-3."
  12. ^ Maloney, Kevin. "Hamilton 29, Steinert 14 (High school Football scores and results)", The Star-Ledger, November 26, 2010. Accessed July 31, 2011. "Down 14 points after just 13 minutes of action, the Hornets responded by registering the final five scores to slip past the Spartans, 29-14, on a snow, sleet and rain-filled morning Thursday at Spartans’ Stadium.Hamilton improved to 32-19-1 all-time in the series."
  13. ^ Home Page, Hamilton High School West "Hornets" Bands. Accessed March 25, 2015.
  14. ^ Administration, Hamilton High School. Accessed November 9, 2015.
  15. ^ Fisher, Rich. "Brian Smith steps down as Steinert AD", The Trentonian, July 29, 2011. Accessed July 31, 2011. "On Wednesday night, Brian Smith was appointed by the Hamilton Township School Board to be the new Vice Principal at Hamilton High, meaning Smith must step down after one year as Steinert’s AD.... Although he is thrilled with his new position — working for newly appointed principal Katherine Taylor and serving as VP along with childhood friend Chuck Zalescik — Smith will miss the good friends he made at Steinert."
  16. ^ Jayson DiManche, Southern Illinois Salukis football. Accessed September 4, 2013. "High School: Hamilton West"
  17. ^ WZBN Video Vault - Former Bronc Hoey to Have Number Retired at Hamilton West on February 1, 2007, Rider University, January 15, 2007. Accessed October 22, 2007. "Former Bronc and current Baltimore Oriole James Hoey will have his number retired by Hamilton West High School on February 1, 2007."
  18. ^ Weinberg, David. "SEASON OF JOY / MCNABB THROWS 4 TD PASSES AS EAGLES CLINCH PLAYOFF SPOT", The Press of Atlantic City, December 11, 2000. Accessed February 26, 2011. ""Johnson, who was an all-state quarterback at New Jersey's Hamilton West High School, appeared at quarterback for four plays and completed a 23-yard pass..."
  19. ^ CFL.ca Player Profile. Accessed December 17, 2007. "Thaddeus was An All-County and All-Area selection at Hamilton High School West in Trenton [sic], New Jersey"

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