Hammond High School

Hammond High School, founded in 1866, is a public high school located in an unincorporated part of the 7th Ward of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, United States, east of Hammond. It is the second largest high school in the Tangipahoa Parish Public School System.

The mascot is the Tornado, and the school colors are purple and white. As of the 2010-2011 school year, Hammond High's principal is Chad Troxclair. It enrolls students from Hammond and the surrounding area within Tangipahoa Parish.


Originally located between East Thomas Street (US 190, then a two-way road) and Morris Street (the building became Eastside Elementary School and later the Eastside Apartments), the school moved to a location on the south side of West Morris Street (US 190, now eastbound only) shortly after World War I; the West Morris Street site is now the world headquarters of Neill Corporation. In the late 1960s the school relocated to a site north of University Avenue (LA 3234)—now the North Campus of Southeastern Louisiana University. From there Hammond High moved to its current location on LA 1064 (River Road).

Linus A. Sims (1882-1949) was appointed the principal of Hammond High School in 1923. Two years later, he started Hammond Junior College in a wing of the high school, then on the south side of West Morris Street. In 1928, the junior college, under Sims's leadership, became the future Southeastern Louisiana University (then College).

School uniforms

All students are required to wear school uniforms.

Notable alumni
  • Warren Bankston, Class of 1965, who played football for the Tulane Green Wave and in the NFL.
  • Raymond Michael Clausen Jr. (1947-2004), HHS Class of 1965, USMC, Medal of Honor recipient for heroism in Vietnam.
  • John Desmond, who opened the first architectural firm in Hammond in 1953, graduated from Hammond High School in 1937. He designed many of the public buildings in Baton Rouge.
  • Thimal DeAlwis, a current student of the California Institute of Technology. In 2004, he placed 5th in the nation in the National Geographic Bee held in Washington D.C. In 2006, he won the AAA Travel Challenge team competition with two other team members, and each was awarded a $10000 savings bond.
  • Barbara Forrest, philosophy professor in Southeastern Louisiana University and opponent of Intelligent Design.
  • Paul L. Gaston, retired provost of Kent State University.
  • Andrew Magee, current student at the University of Alabama where he is president of the Alabama Academic Quizbowl Team.
  • Kim Mulkey, current head coach of Baylor University women's basketball team.
  • Richard David Ramsey (Class of 1965), Louisiana educator, civic organizer, church leader
  • Kenneth Ross, HHS Class of 1962, brigadier general, Louisiana Air National Guard.