Shelby County Schools




Principal James Q. Bacchus

Throughout my 44-year career in education, I have been dedicated to the cultivation of bright, intelligent young minds who will become successful, productive citizens of the future.  I had the privilege of serving as the assistant principal at Hamilton High School for four years in the 90’s, where meaningful relationships were made with the community, parents, students and educators. I come with high expectations, and a huge amount of excitement with the opportunity to be a part of a new chapter in sustaining the vision and mission of Hamilton High.


Hamilton High will continue to be a school where every child's potential can be met. We are investing in the restoration and enrichment of our academic offerings which will include viable career and technical education paths. Students will now be able to take choose those classes that will prepare them for their desired career paths. The newly designed program will offer an array of robust coursework that will both challenge and enhance our students' educational experiences.  This redesign in College, Career & Technical Education will provide us with three new programs: Diagnostic Services, STEM Innovations and Public Safety.  The full investment of these current programs will lead to industry certification, the offerings of more honors, dual enrollment, and the re-instatement of AP offerings.  We will also see the rise of new engagement programs as well as the return of others such as Chorus and Strings and a new commitment to co-curricular programs such as Debate, Mock Trial, and Chess.  


I am honored to have the opportunity to return to Hamilton High School and to give back to a community that has given so much to me and countless others. Hamilton High School carries with it a rich historical legacy that has yielded distinguished alumni whose accomplishments have made a significant impact on our city, across the country and around the world as well. We will continue to foster the source of pride that it has always been for almost a century.

I look forward to stand on those shoulders while working in collaboration and partnership with our parents, alumni and community stakeholders as we continue to encourage our students to Love Hamilton, “Absolutely."  


Thank you for your support!


James Q. Bacchus, I





                  Elvin Bell                                            Nancy Harrison

          Assistant Principal                                  Assistant Principal








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