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Hamilton High School

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Posted January 7, 2014

As 2013 Graduate Of Hamilton. . My Experience at this school has been terrible. . It is not a school I would suggest going to. . They don't teach anything, they are selfish, and they are ignorant in the worst way. . I was suppose to graduate from Hamilton on May 31, 2013. . But due to the lack of information and help, I had to take a summer online class which I finished. . Hamilton waited till I finished my classes to tell me I had to take another math class. . The reason for this being is because they didn't not have have ah proper class session available during the school year. . So I attended Messick Adult High School Where I Finished My last requirement. . When I called Hamilton for my diploma, they made a false statement saying I didn't return my books. . When I asked for the book returned list they refused to pull it up. . Instead I was forced to Paye 119$ for books I already turned in to get my diploma. . Honestly I hate Hamilton. . I didn't even receive my cap and goun I paid for. . Attending Hamilton is the worst mistake I ever made. .


Posted March 3, 2011

As a graduate in 1983 HHS provided me the educational springboard to thrive and be successful in corporate America. HHS also equipped me to start a second career in my 40's in education. Based on what I have tracked about HHS over the years, it seems we need to go back to the days of Harry Cash, Oliver Johnson, and Bethel Hunt..........LOVE HAMILTON ALWAYS Class of 83 SDC


Posted September 16, 2009

Hamilton gave me all I needed to become an entrepreneur, business owner and a corporate force within my career! Go Wildcats!!!


Posted April 28, 2008

I attended this school and graduated in 2006. I loved my school but quite frankly, its not the best of schools to prepare one for college. It's gets worse and worse every year and the amount of effort required to transition form it to the college atmosphere is enormous. I come back and visit every year and talk to the FEW teachers that made the difference who are still there, but overall, the school has dropped significantly from its once high status among Urban high schools.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 23, 2007

My name is Courtney and I am a rising senior at Hamilton High School. I am now a student enrolled at Hamilton. I believe Hamilton is is a very good school. People often misjudge us because of the bad publicity we receive for the media, but there is much more to this magnificent school the just the bad things. We have great teachers who really care about the students and many after school activities that students could get into.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 4, 2007

I graduated from Hamilton back in the 80's, during an era when Hamilton was a wonderful school. However, I decided I would send my son to Hamilton last year 2006. This was one of the biggest mistakes that I could have ever made. I visited to school to bring my son something the student were cursing with no respect for elder. Just totally out of control.It seem as if the only thing that they cared about was the basketball team.Need less to say I did not enroll my son in Hamilton for the 2007 school year. He is now attending a county school and doing better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2006

I am proud to say that I graduated from Hamilton High School in 2002. Hamilton High School offers highly certified teachers, advanced placement courses, and a legacy of greatness. Hamilton gave me a sense of pride for my community and prepared me for the real world. I graduated at the top of my high school class and was offered scholarships from many different universities. Once I entered college, I had the ability to compete with other students who ranked at the top of their graduating class. Hamilton High School offers different programs such as Business Professional of America, Health Occupation Students of America, ROTC, Marching Band, Cosmetology, Foreign Language, & the main academic courses such as Reading, Math, & History. Parents are very involved and support their students academicly, as well as, attend sporting events. Despite negative media attention, Hamilton is a great school and the pride of South Memphis.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 13, 2006

As a former student of Hamilton High School, I would highly recommend this school. At Hamilton, the students and teachers have a since of pride for the school. Students, teachers, and administrators work hard together to make it a better place. Of course the school has some bad students and some teachers that refuse to do their jobs properly, but no school is perfect. It is easy to criticize something if you are on the outside looking into the situation. For everyone that has a negative comment about this institute of higher learning, I challenge you to step up and help fix the problems that you have with Hamilton High School.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 2, 2006

My experiences at Hamilton (2003-2005) better equipped me from those of which I would have gained from the small town high school I'd previously attended for life in the college world. Though you never know what the next day may bring, their are students, teachers, and other administrators that make your learning experience one that can not be replaced. Those students that don't seem to have the same personal or educational goals in life as those that excel in academics an other outlets only add to the life of the Wildcat atmosphere. Those who endure the many obstacles and come out on top make a name for the school that truly shows that Wildcat Pride. May the teachers keep their heads up and their eyes on the future (their students). And, may the students forever show through their continuous achivements that Hamilton High is truly a place to love, Abosolutly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2005

I attended Hamilton Jr.and High School. I have a lot of Wildcat Pride. I feel the school is headed in the right direction. i would like to say to the principal keep your head up and never forget that in order for Hamilton to continue to try and get back to the way it was it is going to take an effort by all stakeholders. To the teachers remember if you want respect you must give it, but you must first respect yourself first then and only then will you become effective educators. Do not throw your hands up in dismay try to br more innovated in your methods.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2005

This school's teachers really don't care once you become a junior or senior. The school is not what it was ten or twenty years ago. fights everyday during lunch and in the hallways, and the test scores are horrible. I am glad that I got the oppurnity to transfer to a greater school. I would not recommend this school unless a child didn't have any other choice or you don't want your child to excel.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 3, 2003

With my attending this school, I feel that the teachers are concerned about my child. I can tell a difference in her compared to when she attended another high school.


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 65% in 2013.

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
6%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
1%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 62% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
9%

2010

 
 
13%
English I

The state average for English I was 68% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
19%
English II

The state average for English II was 59% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
17%
English III

The state average for English III was 40% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
5%
U.S. History

194 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students26%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disabilities8%
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students11%
African American11%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students19%
African American19%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students15%
African American15%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Students81%
African American81%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilities58%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 99% 23%
Hispanic 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
White 0% 67%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 100%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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School basics

Fax number
  • (901) 416-7829

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
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1363 Person
Memphis, TN 38106
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