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 HAMILTON SCHOOLS

Hamilton I. S. D.

HAMILTON COLLEGE, 1884-1888

HAMILTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

ANN WHITNEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

EASTWARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WESTWARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL

The first school in Hamilton was a private school in 1859 taught by John Jefferson Durham, who enlisted in the Confederate Army of Texas in 1861.  Captain Alfred Hayne Watson (who had lost an arm in the Battle of Gettysburg) taught in a school building which was in the 500 block of East Henry before 1890. This school was called the "Double Log School House" where Captain Walter Terry Saxon and Captain Alfred Hayne Watson both taught.  Many denominations held their once-a-month church services in this building.

 

HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL, 1895

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HAMILTON SCHOOL BUILDINGS
1895 and 1912 HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL BUILDINGS
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J. A. Kooken and  J. J. McCollum were co-principals of Hamilton High School in 1897.

 

HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL, 1912

This was the second rock school building constructed on College Hill.  This building was built by at least 1912 and was used continuously through 1951-52.

 

 

 

HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL, 1913
From the 1913 The Pioneer
Courtesy of Johnnye Lawson Gautier

Hamilton School Trustees in 1913 were:

Joe E. Williams              President
A. R. Eidson Vice-President
T. S. McKinley Secretary
E. A. Perry Treasurer
T. S. Gordon Assessor and Collector
J. M. Williams Dr. J. B. Winn

High School Faculty included: George J. Mason, Superintendent; D. H. Raney, Miss May L. Cowles, Miss Agnes Edens, and Miss Fannie Ratchford.

1919 HHS Graduation Program 

Robert D. Foster was superintendent of the Hamilton Schools in 1919.  Mr. Foster was principal of Hamilton High School for three years and superintendent for five years. 

In 1924-25 Hamilton School Board members were John Mark Williams, Felix Cadmus Williams, Silas Randolph Allen, L. W. Koen, Joseph Samuel Miller Poston, Robert Moore, and Bernard Miller. The 1924-25 faculty included A. L. Bentley, G. E. Applewhite, Malcolm Stroup, Miss Kate Cameron, Miss Agnes White, Miss Allie Claunch, Mrs. A. L. Bentley, Miss Arzora Jones, Miss Mabel Eidson, Miss Lillian Netherton, Miss Margaret Rice, Mrs. R. F. Scoggin, Mrs. T. V. Curry, Miss Grace Secrest, Miss Nora Walton, Miss Lula Beck, and Mrs. R. E. Collier.

As Hamilton grew two elementary schools were opened--East Ward on North Bouldin on the site now occupied by the Hamilton General Hospital and West Ward on South College Street at the current school site. 

In 1934 the Hamilton School District included these buildings: 

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East Ward

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West Ward

  East Ward School (Elementary)  
  West Ward School (Elementary)  
  High School  
  Auditorium-Administration Building  

  

 

In 1949 the Ann Whitney Elementary School opened on corner of South Railroad and East Baker Streets (south end of the football field) replacing both East Ward and West Ward. The first building occupied by Ann Whitney Elementary School was assembled from barracks moved from Fort Hood. Lester Roberts was the first principal of Ann Whitney Elementary School. Mr. Roberts continued in the position until he retired. 

 

Hamilton High School teachers in 1953-53 were:

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STANDING left to right:  Miss Gwen Ramey, Homemaking; Mrs. Doris Hostad, Math; Mrs. Myrtle Bailey, Homemaking; Mrs. Pauline McPherson, English; Mrs. Nell Sullivan, English;

SEATED:  left to right:  Ted Jones, Football, Basketball, History; Leo F. Rendessy, Band; Robert Stites, Science, Math.

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STANDING, left to right:  Weldon Forren, Football, Business, Math, History; Earl Knebel, Vocational Agriculture, V. M. Santy, Science, Tennis; Mrs. Nina Dutton, Typing, Business, Shorthand.

SEATED, left to right:  Miss Opal West, Librarian; Eloe Stringer, Principal, History; Mrs. V. M. Santy, English, Speech.

 

 

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HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL, APRIL, 1953

By April, 1953, construction was completed on a new high school building which utilized the first floor of West Ward School with two wings of classrooms added on the east side bringing the entrance to College Street. This school building has been remodeled and enlarged many times so that all grades are in one site. Ann Whitney Elementary School was moved from South Railroad to the main campus on South College Street.

Eloe Dodson Stringer was Principal of Hamilton High School and A. M. Whitis was Superintendent of Hamilton ISD in 1953.

GYMNASIUM PLANS GO SLOWLY FORWARD, 1936

WPA Gym --Completed by December 3, 1940

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WPA GYM

Rodney C. Love was principal of Hamilton High School from 1959 until 1972.

Pauline Etherton McPherson taught Junior English in Hamilton High School for 27 years (1951-1978).

TEACHERS  EXTRAORDINAIRE:  Virgil Martin and Alta Bertte (Tarrant) Santy

The benefits of Lyndon Baines Johnson’s "The Great Society" became evident in Hamilton County in 1966. While thousands have been helped, this was also the beginning of the federal control of healthcare and education. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Title I of Public Law 89-10 was implemented in January, 1966, to provide a remedial reading services to public school students with reading problems. School libraries were enhanced with new books purchased through ESEA.

SPORTS

HONOR ROLL about 1912

1915 SECOND GRADE

1917 HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM

1947-1948 HAMILTON BULLDOG BASKETBALL TEAM

HAMILTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS, 1948

1952 STATE CHAMPIONS, GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM

AUDITORIUM, HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL

EAST WARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

EASTWARD  RHYTHM BAND

EAST WARD SECOND GRADE. 1942-1943

HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL, APRIL, 1953

HONOR ROLL, HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL, 1948-1949

HAMILTON SCHOOLS

HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS, 1952-1953

WEST WARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

WPA GYM

1900 GRADUATES 1901 GRADUATES 1902 GRADUATES
1903 GRADUATE 1904 GRADUATES 1905 GRADUATES
1906 GRADUATES 1907 GRADUATES 1908 GRADUATES
1909 GRADUATES 1910 GRADUATES 1911 GRADUATES
1912 GRADUATES 1913 GRADUATES 1914 GRADUATES
1915 1916 1917
1918 1919 GRADUATES 1920
1921 1922 1923 GRADUATING CLASS
1924 GRADUATES - HAMILTON HIGH 1925

1926 GRADUATES

1927

1928 GRADUATES, HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL

1929
1930 GRADUATES, HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL 1931 SENIOR CLASS 1932
1933 1934 1935
1936 1937 1938
1939 GRADUATES 1940 1941
1942 1943 1944
1945 1946 1947
1948 1949 GRADUATES, HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL 1950 GRADUATES, HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL
1951 GRADUATES, HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL 1952 GRADUATES 1953 GRADUATES
1954

1956 GRADUATES, HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL

1957
1958 1959 1960 GRADUATES, HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL
1961 1962 1963 GRADUATES. HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL
1964 1965 1966
1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972
1973 1974 1975
1976 GRADUATES, HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL 1977 1978
1979 GRADUATES, HAMILTON HIGH SCHOOL    
     
     

 

 

 

 

 
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