Lionel Hampton Fine & Performing Arts School

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Lionel Hampton Fine & Performing Arts School
3434 W. 77th St.
Chicago, Illinois 60652
 United States
Established 2000
School district Chicago Public Schools
Principal Ms. Zaneta Abdul-Ahad
Teaching staff 40 (as of 2006–2007)[1]
Grades K–8
Enrollment 676 (as of 2009–2010)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 18.2 (as of 2006–2007)[1]
Mascot Hawk

Lionel Hampton Fine & Performing Arts School is a public magnet school for grades K–8 in southwestern Chicago, Illinois, United States. This school was started in the fall of 2000. This school was formerly known as New Dawes.


Originally started to relieve overcrowding at the Charles R. Dawes Elementary School in Chicago's Ashburn neighborhood, the school initially known as New Dawes Area Elementary School, was officially named Lionel Hampton Fine & Performing Arts School in 2003 after musician Lionel Hampton.[2]


The school is located in the Ashburn neighborhood.


This school offers a variety of classes and each class visits an elective subject such as Music, computer class, gym etc. each day for the full week. The school follows the Student code of conduct and has a uniform. Each student must wear a white collared shirt and navy blue pants, unless they have gym for that day. If they do have gym, then they must wear the school's gym uniform which consists of the Lionel Hampton T-shirt and red jogging pants.

The school has half-days usually once every 15–18 school academic days. The school is year-round and has vacations throughout the year, such as September 28 – October 13.

Special events[edit]

Lionel Hampton has also been known to have held special school events such as Student of the Month Luncheons which consists of students, (one per class) to attend a luncheon held usually in the last week of each month, to be recognized for their achievements and/or display of good character. Students in grades Kindergarten through Fifth grade enjoy a one-day event known as Fun Fair, which consists of activities and games kids can be involved in. The upper grades (6–8) go to educational field trips such as to the Shedd Aquarium, plays, or to the Field Museum of Natural History.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Hampton has an active after school program providing student groups and activities. They include academic tutoring, art club, band, basketball, board games club, book club, cheerleading, choir, dance, newspaper, photography, reading clubs, science club, Spanish club, track, and volleyball.

The school has also competed in annual dance team competitions. The team has taken home first or second place consecutively since 2007. The basketball team also won their conference for the 2008–2009 school year, under the coaching of Michael Cox.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "School Detail for Hampton Elem Fine & Perf Arts Sch". National Center for Educational Statistics. 
  2. ^ "City school to be renamed for jazz legend Hampton". Chicago Tribune. 2003-03-27. p. 7 (Metro). A South Side performing arts magnet school will be renamed for one-time Chicagoan and legendary vibraphonist Lionel Hampton.