Hamilton Middle School

1407 S Broadway St, Wichita, KS 67211

Alexander Hamilton Intermediate School opened its doors in September 1919. It was dedicated by Governor Henry Allen.  According to the Wichita Beacon, the school would feature movable desks.  A first for any Wichita school, the paper noted, “the new desks are unattached to the floor, movable to any place and position.”  Superintendent L.W. Mayberry said, “If they prove as useful here as other places, we will have more of these desks in the other buildings to be erected.” 

On the 28th of September 1919, the Eagle described the school as, “a 19-room building of fireproof construction, modern and sanitary, built of matt faced brick with Cartholite (the Cement Stone & Supply Company creation that used mineral pigments and crushed colored glass were combined with the concrete mix to create beautifully colored designs to add to the surfaces of buildings).  The corridors of asphaltum making them soundproof.”

It was named for the first United States secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton was a prominent figure in American history, he was a statesman, lawyer, economist, and Founding Father of the United States. He was born on January 11, 1755, in the West Indies.

Hamilton’s career took off during the American Revolutionary War when he served as an aide to General George Washington. He became an influential figure in shaping military strategy and policy. After the war, Hamilton played a crucial role in the formation of the United States.

Hamilton was one of the main contributors to The Federalist Papers, a series of essays advocating for the ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Hamilton’s vision for a robust central authority, coupled with his support for a national bank and a strong military, set the stage for the economic and political foundations of the young nation.

Hamilton served as the first Secretary of the Treasury under President George Washington. He implemented various financial reforms, including the establishment of a national bank, the assumption of state debts, and the promotion of manufacturing and industry. Hamilton’s financial policies were instrumental in stabilizing the nation’s economy and establishing its creditworthiness on an international scale.

Hamilton’s life was not without controversy and tragedy. He was involved in several political feuds, notably with Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel, and he was mortally wounded, succumbing to his injuries the next day.

Parents at Kellogg Elementary petitioned the school board to create a traditional junior high for their students. So, in 1981 the school was renamed Hamilton Traditional Alternative and in 1988 it was changed again to Alexander Hamilton Middle School.

There have been several major additions/renovations to the school, 1928, 1951, 1972, 1976, and 2000.

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