Humanities Overview


The Hamilton Humanities Magnet is recognized for its 41 years of academic excellence. Established in 1981 to address the inequities caused by segregation, the Humanities Magnet offers an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum that focuses on literature, philosophy, history, art, and social sciences. Our magnet emphasizes activities designed to strengthen a student’s cultural literacy, critical thinking, and their ability to articulate complex ideas. 


As a college preparatory program, we have high expectations for our students. Magnet core classes are taught on the Honors or AP level and we apply the Gifted rubric for Differentiated Instruction to our classes. In addition, we provide a small school experience of individualized attention from teachers and our own counselor while also providing the benefits of a large comprehensive high school such as a board and varied athletics program, numerous clubs and organizations, and diverse elective choices. 


Our emphasis on a rigorous curriculum has led many of our students to be able to attend prestigious universities that include Harvard, Stanford, Brown, UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, and various small liberal arts schools throughout the nation. 


The Humanities Magnet has a 100% graduation rate. 

Director's Statement
1As the Magnet Coordinator for the Humanities Magnet, I am never ceased to be amazed at the extraordinary students in our magnet. Our students come from all across the city to challenge themselves academically in preparation for applying to some of the most prestigious and competitive colleges and universities. We are a small magnet, and we really pride ourselves on the family we create across the 4 years they are with us. Students appreciate the collegiality of their fellow students and staff which allows them to thrive. The Humanities Magnet is ideal combination of all that public education has to offer.
Current Events
Campus Tours
Interested in learning more about the magnet offerings at Hamilton? Join us for an informational meeting and tour with one or more of these 3 amazing programs on Thursdays throughout October. Details can be found on the flyer. Please schedule your visit with the appropriate coordinator (emails on flyer) to ensure space!  Click here or on image to see flyer
Kristina Wong's Sweatshop Overlord 
On February 21st, students of Humanities walked over to Kirk Douglas Theater and attended Kristina Wong's newest play, Sweatshop Overlord. A body of work focused on telling stories of mourning, trauma and political unrest during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sweatshop Overlord showcases how solidarity and a care for others, brings about change and hope in our world. Whether it is sewing masks for vulnerable populations or providing a sense of community in a time of lockdown, Sweatshop Overlord reminds us that when we tap into our cultural roots and have a love for our community, we are able to combat the injustices happening outside our window. 
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  • Humanities Magnet Leadership students hosted a Welcome Breakfast for the freshmen! 
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  • Every Thursday in October, (6,13,20,27) join us for a recruitment meeting and tour at 10:30 in the library
  • Friends of Humanities, our parent group, welcomed new families at a brunch on Sunday, September 18.
  • October 11 is our next Friends of Humanities meeting via Zoom. Look for zoom link in principal message.
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Alumni Updates
The Friends of Hamilton Humanities is a parent organization dedicated to the support of the Humanities magnet at Hamilton High School. Our three priorities are building financial resources, building community and representing the Humanities magnet program to the outside.
Our financial resources support smaller class sizes, curriculum enhancements, new student orientation, underwrite fieldtrips, teacher development programs and other various efforts to support the overall Humanities Program.