The History of Hamilton Park

Hamilton Park enjoys an interesting history. As the HP community witnessed their neighborhood school dwindle from a high school to a junior high, and then to an elementary, they began to worry that the school would cease to exist. Due to desegregation, students were being bused out of African-American communities to integrate. The HP community did not want to lose its school because of this change, so members began petitioning the courts to keep the school intact. The Supreme Court honored this request in the form of a court order that proposed to integrate Hamilton Park by busing in volunteer students from all over the District. The court order became effective to ensure that HP would be a diversified magnet elementary school that would be a pacesetter and pilot programs exclusive to HPPM. Since then, HPPM has maintained quality staff, innovative programs, and a diverse student and staff population. Go Bobcats!!!