Hamilton High School (New Jersey)
|Hamilton High School|
|2720 South Clinton Avenue
Hamilton, NJ 08610
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||"Tradition, Pride, and Excellence"|
|School district||Hamilton Township School District|
|Vice principals||Nicole Dickens-Simon
|Enrollment||1,244 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.1:1|
|Athletics conference||Colonial Valley Conference|
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 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,244 students and 102.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.1:1. There were 427 students (34.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 93 (7.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
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. 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. The magazine ranked the school 262nd in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 240th in the magazine's 2008 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
The Hamilton High School Hornets 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). With 900 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 822 to 1,068 students in that grade range. The football team competes in the Valley Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference and was classified by the NJSIAA as Central Jersey Group III for football for 2017-18.
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. Hamilton West competes in an annual Thanksgiving Day football game against Steinert High School, the only annual game played in Mercer County. With a 29-14 victory over Steinert in November 2010 at the 52nd meeting, Hamilton leads the series 32-19-1.
The boys' wrestling team won the Central Jersey Group III state sectional championship in 1992.
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 known 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.
- Brian Smith – Principal
- Nicole Dickens-Simon – Vice Principal
- Bryan Rogers – Vice Principal
- Chuck Zalescik – Vice Principal
- Christian Burns (born 1985), professional basketball player for Germani Basket Brescia of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A.
- Jayson DiManche (born 1990), linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals.
- Tom Goodwin (born c. 1951), politician and financial planner who was selected in March 2010 to represent the 14th Legislative District in the New Jersey Senate, after the resignation of Bill Baroni.
- Jim Hoey (born 1982), pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles. The school retired Hoey's number in a ceremony held on February 1, 2007.
- Kevin Johnson (born 1976), former NFL wide receiver for seven seasons for the Cleveland Browns, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Baltimore Ravens and the Detroit Lions.
- Tad Kornegay (born 1982) defensive back for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League.
- Bruce Ritter (1927-1999), Catholic priest and one-time Franciscan friar who founded Covenant House in 1972 for homeless teenagers and led it until he was forced to resign in 1990.
- School data for Hamilton West-Watson, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Hamilton High School West, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 9, 2015.
- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 1, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 26, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed February 26, 2011.
- League Memberships – 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Divisions, West Jersey Football League. Accessed September 25, 2017.
- NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2017-2018, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2, 2017. Accessed September 25, 2017.
- NJSIAA 2017 - 2019 Co-Operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 3, 2017.
- 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 9, 2015.
- 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."
- 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."
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- 2006 Boys Basketball - Central, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 31, 2011.
- Home Page, Hamilton High School West "Hornets" Bands. Accessed March 25, 2015.
- Administration, Hamilton High School. Accessed November 9, 2015.
- 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."
- District data for the Hamilton Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Eckel, Mark. "Hamilton grad Burns played NBA Summer League with Grizzlies", NJ.com, July 30, 2013. Accessed May 21, 2017. "Burns, the one-time Hamilton High School basketball star, just completed play in the NBA Summer League for the Memphis Grizzlies and played well enough in a limited role that he's waiting, and hoping, for a call."
- Jayson DiManche Archived 2013-03-11 at the Wayback Machine., Southern Illinois Salukis football. Accessed September 4, 2013. "High School: Hamilton West"
- Abdur-Rahman, Sulamain. "Will Hamilton Township Council become Democrat or Republican", The Trentonian, November 1, 2009. Accessed April 13, 2016. "A graduate of Hamilton High West and Mercer County College, Goodwin said he first entered politics four years ago to 'take the town back.'"
- WZBN Video Vault - Former Bronc Hoey to Have Number Retired at Hamilton West on February 1, 2007 Archived July 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., 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."
- 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..."
- 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"
- Wosh, Peter J. Wosh, Covenant House: Journey of a Faith-Based Charity, pp. 13-35. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005. ISBN 9780812238310. Accessed January 17, 2018.
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