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9-12
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Columbia, MD
Students enrolled: 1,319

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8800 Guilford Rd
Columbia, MD 21046

(410) 313-7615
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November 05, 2014
It has fights and drama, the teachers don't care about you the students are bullies there's crowded hallways and people can't mind their own business or mind their manners. There only a few good teachers. Other then that my two years at Hammond High were horrible

- submitted by a community member
April 07, 2013
Good teachers, but lack of administrative control - student behavior and hence learning in many classes is poor. Too much emphasis on athletics rather than scholarship

- submitted by a teacher
April 01, 2013
My child graduated from Hammond in 2012 and received a 4 year academic scholarship for college. The school has a lot of support for students identified with learning disabilities and the Ms. Leonard is awesome...very involved in all school related activities

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2011
My son did better in that school than in his new school he got A's and B's now he has E's and F's

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2010
Because, even in all the chaos, there are people. People that are honest, loyal, and have good honest values that this poor world seems to be lacking as of late.

- submitted by a community member
September 27, 2010
Due to a retirement, Hammond High has recently (summer '10) acquired a new principal, Marcia Leonard. She is experienced, and comes to us from another nearby high school that now rates a 10 on this site. Many in the community credit her leadership as a key to the improvements there. Her arrival and first actions seem to have sparked a very positive energy at Hammond among students, faculty and parents. She has certainly impressed the parents in the interactions we have had so far. She is dynamic and positive, yet grounded with real life experience. As a parent, I think parent involvement could be greater than it has been, but suspect it is about to increase substantially.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2010
I am a class of 2010 senior, have gone to hammond all four years, and i have really liked it there! all the teachers enjoy their jobs and are there to help and stay after school if a student needs help with something. The school isnt too big or too small so it is IMPOSSIBLE to get lost and the classes are the same. if you are just moving to the area and want your child to fit in hammond is that place. hammond is so diverse and cultural that newcomers are always welcomed and never shunned because we welcome every kind of background. Im picking my colleges and things and I feel like hammond has prepared me to go to college :)

- submitted by a student
March 12, 2010
Hammond has great teachers that are dedicated to keep their students engaged and challenged. Unfortunately the majority of the student body are kids that are rude, disrespectful, and immature. The reason why the school is not the best is simply because of the students and lack of parent involvement, not the teachers. As for the administrators, I'm not sure there doing an effective job to reduce the number of violent incidents that occur here at Hammond.

- submitted by a student
February 15, 2010
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- submitted by a student
December 03, 2009
I would recommend this school to students who are self-motivated to succeed and have a great desire to get involved. It is possible to be very successful at Hammond, but you can't expect the teachers to do it all for you. If you love school spirit and are avid in attending sporting events and shows, then this is the school for you.

- submitted by a student
August 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2009
I recently completed my freshman year at Hammond. I came to Hammond and knew few people from my middle school, but I quickly made new friends. The teachers and students are wonderful. My favorite teacher was Mr. Burke. I have been excelling this year and have been recomended for high classes next year. It is true that the school is a little run down and there are troublesome students, as well as few bad teachers, but it is a very caring environment and a great place to learn. Most of the teachers are excellent. I would reccomend this school to anyone. The only students that think this is a bad school are ones that misbehave and do not try in school.

- submitted by a student
June 24, 2009
I have had 5 children graduate from hammond, and my youngest will enter in 2 years. I have been through 2 administrators i have kids in the honors programs, and kids with iep's . As a parent, i never had a problem getting a response form teachers or staff, across the board, and through the years, i have found this school to be wonderful, but then, it is what you make it!! i am looking forward to my youngest being there!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2009
I am a parent of a couple of students at Hammond and I do agree w/ the last review, However it takes a parent, a teacher and a child to make the class a success. There are a lot of ingredients to teaching and parenting.There are a lot of wonderful teachers at Hammond just like any school and there are also several just paid employees. However overall Hammond is a great school and has wonderful teachers, student and parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2009
I am a current senior at Hammond, and my father is a teacher here. I am offended reading the negative reviews, partially because the grammar and spelling are atrocious, but also because the reviews themselves are poor and inaccurate. Hammond, like a majority of other schools, is what you make it. If a student makes an effort, and if a parent becomes more than a little involved in their student's academic career, the student should be fine. I've had the best English and Math teachers I could ask for here, and I know for a fact that the majority of the teachers truly care and do everything in their power to help. It's up to the parents to make sure that their student is doing the work, and if the student fails, overall, the parent has failed too.

- submitted by a student
January 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating December 07, 2008
I think if you learn and work hard you can get good grade you want.hammond is a good shool, so try to get hornos or APclasses.

- submitted by a student
November 23, 2008
my son transferred from europe and is doing exremely well...I really think it is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2008
I graduated from Hammond in 2006, i am currently in college working towards my double degree in History and Political Science at Howard University and UM:College Park. Hammond certianly has it problems, but they do have wonderful teachers. Mr Burke, my most favorite teacher, had a big impact on my life and education... he was more then a teacher and went above and beyond the role of teacher to make sure that students excelled. Another great teacher is Beal- Read. I have gotten an A on every essay written at college level. Zachman, Sivell, and Vasholtz are also among some of the treasures at Hammond. I believe that you cant point the blame at the school for its shortfalls and that students have to take initiative and strive for a good education. There is oppurtunity at HHS, students have to take advantage of it. '06!!!! lol

- submitted by a community member
July 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 05, 2008
If you thought about your child coming to Hammond, forget about it. Any descent student at hammond will tell you that this is the worse school ever. The staffs' involvement is horrible to the point where they're more like acquaitences than teachers. the student, with the exception of a few, are unmotivated and only use the school as a big playground, and the school bulding itself is depressing enough. Student here who actually want to do good (which is few) have to do it on their own because they recieve little or no help. And sports here are the worse in the county. They tried to impliment a new principal but he hasn't and probably wont make any changes becuase he is the only one who is trying, cares, and wants to make a change. And my dad went here and it was bad when here went here.t

- submitted by a student
June 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2008
Hammond High School is not a very good school. Yes, they have some good teachers, but not enough. There are alot of things to be improved; teachers, school size. The hallways are impossible to get through without getting pushed. Some students at Hammond don't care about anything and just come for friends. The learning enviroment is horrible. A day does not go by without me saying to myself or a friend, 'I hate this school.'

- submitted by a student
January 29, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating January 09, 2008
Great faculty - building could be updated, but the faculty really cares

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 28, 2007
Coming from California schools, we were thrilled to see Hammond High School. The parent involvement was much greater and the schools provided so many more programs for the students than we had seen in California. My child is now at University of Maryland and excelling there. He was in GT classes which don't have as many problem kids. I do believe that the problem kids at Hammond are not dealt with, but I don't believe that's Hammond's fault. All the schools in Maryland suffer from that, not just Hammond. My son found a group of friends that had similar goals and we feel like he got a great education. It's there if the kids want it.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2007
I graduated this year, and I can safely say I learned a lot and feel confident that I can take on the real world. If you have problems with behavior in your child's classes, move them out of regular and into honors or GT, where learning is always the prime concern and behavior is never a problem. Best teachers in the school: Sivell, Jenkins, Burke, Bealle, Zachman, and Vasholz (sp).

- submitted by a former student
May 28, 2007
This school is a joke. I didn't learn anything there. The teacher's are horrible for the most part. As far as sports and people saying soccer is good. Well it is not because of the coaches that is for sure. I was a 4 year VR soccer player and I went to college on a soccer scholarship and if was definably no thanks to Hammond's's soccer program. Thanks goodness for travel teams. This school has just gotten more and more ghetto.

- submitted by a former student
May 24, 2007
May not be the best school but a good school. My daughter goes there and she is excelling in both academics and sports. She is proud to be a Lady Bear.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2007
This school lacks qualified teachers. Most of the class time is filled with correcting behavioral problems. Some of the teachers are unable to control the class. There are many fights. School leadership does not step in to control the problems that are occurring in the classes. This school would be a great school if the behavioral issues were addressed and qualified staff were hired. The guidance department is dark, lack space and the staff do not greet you when standing in front of them. They keep there heads down and ignore you. This school need a lot of improvements.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2006
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- submitted by a student
November 12, 2006
My daughter goes to Hammond. She thinks the staff, and students are lovley. The extracurricular activities are lax though. The school is dingy, and run down. It needs a renevation. The parent involvment is terrible.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2006
I am a senior at Hammond High School. My school has a reputation in Howard County for being less than on par with other school in the area, but this is simply not true. Every teacher I have had at Hammond cares for his/her students as much as any parent and works as hard as he/she can to help the students succeed. I know so many students who have benefited immensely from teachers like Mr. Zachmann (chemistry), Mr. Arnold (calculus), and Mrs. Read (English 10). The sports at Hammond are on and off; the football team has not been good for several years, but the soccer team made states last year and our wrestling is amazing every year. Go Hammond!

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2006
My daughter is new to this school system as a 9th grader. I could not have been more thrilled with the orientation and information sessions provided to parents and students in advance of the school year. The staff seems very dedicated to the school and the principal a strong leader.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
I have not been the least bit impressed with Hammond High. I have spoken to the front office many times in regards to the high number of times my child leaves the school grounds during the day. I have even asked a truant officer be called in to help us control his absentism. The front office and principal have not been any help at all. Very poor leadership. I am not the least bit impressed with this school for many reasons.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2005
This is a really bad school. It is overcrowded and there is no room for anyone to move in the hallway. We have an excellent band program, excellent wrestling program, and a great soccer program, but that's it. It's embarrising when you talk to other children who go to other high schools, because Hammond is so poor. There are a few really bad teachers that not only yell all class at the kids, but also don't teach anything because they are yelling. There are a few good teachers there, too. The hallways are so crowded that it is almost impossible to get to your class on time.

- submitted by a student
November 08, 2005
I believe that hammond high school is a good place for a student to learn. My child currently attends hammond high and loves it their. Most teachers are there after school for assitance. Also the endless activities keep my child going, such as sports and clubs. I believe that if your child is ready to learn and enjoys every aspect of it, they will be able to succeed at Hammond High.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2005
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- submitted by a student
September 14, 2005
My daughter has attened Hammond for 3 years and starting her 4th.She is basically failing some of her classes and I have had absolutly no contact with her school for 2 years concerning this. I find it amazing that a student can fail most of her tests and have a less than 2.0 grade average and be totally forgotten by the school system. I tried to get her placed in special ed 2 years ago and I am told because I did not make a pest of myself she was turned down. We were told how the school was going to work with her and nothing was ever done. Am I partially responsible?yes I am,but I hold the school responsible too as they have totally dropped the ball concerning my daughter. She will not be graduating with her class as she will be 2 credits shy at the end of her 12th grade.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2005
The previous reponse seems too negative for a parent who most likely has never been to Hammond High School during a school day. Every high school in Howard County has some drawbacks. Due to the many redistricting efforts by the Board of Education, Hammond High School has lost many of the students who would have raised Hammond's test scores and fill up more than just one available AP section of Chemistry, Physics, Calculus BC, and Foreign Language. My child has excelled at Hammond High School along with many of her friends and at NO time have I ever worried about her safety.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2005
My daughter attends a neighborhood high school so our experience in with the interaction between our high school and Hammand athletic teams. We cringe when Hammand high athletic teams come to our high school. Hammand has some excellent male and female atheletes. The school has the reputation of trying to work with the problem students, because, I was told by a senior educator, if we lose them now, we lose them forever. Unfortunately, this is to the detriment of the majority who only want to learn. I would not want my children to attend school there.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2005
Overall the teachers do a good job. The teachers will actually become invloved with their students and make every attempt to help them. The extracurricular activities are a hit or miss. For the most part though they are well funded. The computer labs have new copmuters the gym was just redone and things are looking up. The PTA wasnt a big part of hammond. They helped at events where they were needed but that was it.

- submitted by a former student
February 15, 2005
Hammond High School is a poorly run high school in suburban Maryland. Although it is not the worst of the schools in Howard County, it is also not one of the best. The leadership in the front office is often lacking. They fail to control trouble students, which leads to altercations between truly problem students and ones on the disciplinary cusp. The library is small and lacking in sufficient materials. Many of the students are very high quality. However, there are enough poor students to lower the overall quality significantly.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 25, 2004
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Hammond High School
8800 Guilford Rd, Columbia, MD  21046
(410) 313-7615
Last modified Hammond High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hammond High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 47 reviews. Top