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.
Alexander Hamilton High School opened in Fall 1931, with Thomas Hughes Elson as the principal.
It was designed by architects  John C. Austin and Frederick C. Ashley. The three-story administration building held the administration, library, and science departments and 24 classrooms. Other buildings were a manual training building, another for physical training, and a fourth for the cafeteria and "domestic science." The capacity would be 1000, with plans permitting increasing to 2500. Building costs were $125,000 for the land, $400,000 for the structure, and $200,000 for equipment. Built in the Northern Italian Renaissance style, multicolored and patterned brickwork, elaborate cast stone decoration, and a bell tower clad in verdigris copper distinguish the building.  
In May 1931, while Hamilton was under construction, architects Austin and Ashley were selected to design
Griffith Observatory. Individually, each had designed a  Carnegie library: Austin conceived the Anaheim Public Library (opened 1909), and Ashley drew up Los Angeles' Arroyo Seco branch library (opened 1914). Together, they had designed Monrovia High School (opened 1928 - its front stairs are like Hamilton's, and it also has a bell tower). Austin designed Los Angeles High School's third location (opened 1917; demolished 1971) and the Shrine Auditorium (opened 1926), and he was one of three designers of Los Angeles City Hall (opened January 1, 1928).
The school's builders were Sarver & Zoss. Three post offices they later built are on the
National Register of Historic Places: the Beverly Hills Main Post Office (opened 1934); the San Pedro Post Office (opened 1935), and Los Angeles' Terminal Annex (opened 1940).
Austin & Ashley later designed Hamilton's $100,000, six-room, auditorium, Waidelich Hall
which opened on April 20, 1937.  Arthur George Waidelich was the second principal (1935-1936) and died at the school.  On February 21, 1989, the auditorium was renamed  Norman J. Pattiz Concert Hall. A brass plaque made by the industrial arts department to commemorate the 1937 dedication was removed during renovation.
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 exist Brown Hall (which houses administrative offices, the library, and classrooms and is named in honor of Walker Brown, Principal (1940-1956),
the lab building, the tech building, the humanities building, the music building, and other structures. There is a large Theater Hall, named  Norman J. Pattiz Concert Hall ), a cafeteria, two gym buildings (boys' and girls'), and a workshop building. On the west part of the campus is  Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Distribution Station 20 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 famous alum) and a community garden, the Hami Garden. The Hami Garden was a joint project funded by the South Robertson Neighborhood Council and the Hami High Environmental Club in 2009. It is maintained by community members and Hamilton High School students.
It was in the
Los Angeles City High School District until 1961, when it merged into LAUSD. 
In 1932, its attendance boundaries extended as far north as
In fall 2007, some neighborhoods zoned to Hamilton were rezoned to  Venice High School. 
As of 2011-2012:
Gifted and talented 23% Students with disabilities 11%
ESL 10% Reclassified fluent/English proficient 29%
Economically disadvantaged 43%
Students entering and leaving 19%
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)
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 which chronicled members of the Academy's Symphony Orchestra.
Totally in Tune,
The Music Academy is a Grammy-recognized school.
Hamilton's school newspaper is called
The Federalist, a reference to and the original name of initiated and largely written by Alexander Hamilton. The Federalist Papers The Federalist has been archived by the Hamilton High Alumni Association.
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 (sophomore year only) 
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
Ronald Barak (born 1943), Olympic gymnast
Karen Bass (1971), 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  
Kevin Bivona, music engineer founding member of punk/ska band * The Interrupters
Albert Boime, author and academic historian
Nick Bravin, Olympic fencer
Lizzy Caplan, actress
Warryn Campbell, music producer, Grammy winner Warryn Campbell
Reeve Carney, singer-songwriter and actor 
David Cassidy, pop star, actor (attended, didn't graduate) 
Billy Childs, pianist/composer
Julian Coryell, guitarist, singer-songwriter, producer
Jackie Cruz, actress 
Kaitlin Doubleday, actress 
Eligh né Eligh Nachowitz, rapper, producer 
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
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
Alex Hoffman-Ellis, football linebacker
Robert Hurwitz, former president, current chairman emeritus of Nonesuch Records
Nipsey Hussle, rapper
Sikivu Hutchinson, author and feminist educator
Greg Johnson (game designer) (1977) - creator of the and ToeJam & Earl games Starflight
Bruce Kimmel, actor, director, writer, Grammy-nominated record producer and owner of the Kritzerland record label.
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
Howard Leese, lead guitarist for Heart (band)
Olympia LePoint, author and rocket scientist
Alex D. Linz, actor
Tommy "Tiny" Lister, actor
Jeff Long, bass player Wasted Youth (American band)
Darris Love, actor
Peanuts Lowrey, baseball player 
William Margold, porn film actor and director
Rod Martin, NFL linebacker for the Los Angeles Raiders
Al Michaels (1962), sportscaster
Warren Moon (1974), NFL Hall of Fame quarterback 
Walter Mosley (1970), author 
Bill Mumy, actor
Mann, rapper best known for his singles "Buzzin" with 50 Cent and "The Mack" with Snoop Dogg and Iyaz.
Marc Norman, Academy Award-winning screenwriter
Susan B. Nelson, conservationist and environmental activist
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 known for and The Interview Fresh Off the Boat
Paula Patton, actress 
Michelle Phillips, actress, singer
Kyla Pratt, actress
Michael Preece, film and television director, script supervisor, producer, and actor
Roger Pulvers (1961), playwright, theatre director and translator in Japan and Australia 
Ariel Rechtshaid, music producer, composer, musician
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
Steven Robman (1962), television and theatre director/ producer
Daniel Rossen, guitarist, singer for Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles
Will Rothhaar, actor, Listen Up!
Scarub, rapper, producer 
Lynn Schenk (1962), lawyer, politician, U.S. Representative
Jon Schwartz (drummer) (1974), drummer with singer-songwriter "Weird Al" Yankovic
Stu Segall, TV and movie producer and director 
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 
Syd, former member of Odd Future and lead vocalist for the soul band The Internet.
Lilly Samuels Tartikoff, ballet dancer and philanthropist 
Gwen Verdon (~1943), film and Broadway actress
Kamasi Washington, jazz saxophonist
Sidney Wicks, UCLA basketball player and 1971 NBA Rookie of the Year  John Wilbur, All- American football player at Stanford University, professional football player
The school has been used for several
movies, television shows, music videos.
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