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
SBAC testing - The Hamilton Humanities team is committed to creating a nurturing space that inspires students to excel. Confident in their students’ abilities, the team expects the best performance in tests and academics, fostering motivation and trust within the educational community.
1The Humanities team of dedicated teachers, coordinators, and administrators who are committed to collaborating and sharing ideas to continue the joined together at UCLA on 11-1-23. The team is passionate about what they do, and they believe that every student deserves the best possible education. They work hard to create a positive and supportive environment for everyone, and they are excited to continue grow and learn together.  Below are pictures of the event.  Click here to see more pics of the event.
7Every Friday, the humanities department comes alive with our beloved Nosh tradition. Captured in the photograph is a moment of teacher "Patrick James", fully engaged in crafting his specialty: buttermilk blueberry pancakes, for our last gathering. 
We are looking for a parent who can represent the Humanities Magnet on the school wide governance council, Campus Council. The council meets once a month and oversees some budget items, the bell schedule, and student code of conduct. If you are interested, please send me an email or call me at 310-280-1445
  • 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.
Humanities Life
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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.