933 San Diego Unified Students Selected to Participate in The Hamilton Education Program

Posted: Wednesday, January 10th 2018

More than 900 San Diego Unified High School students have been selected to participate in the Hamilton Education Program. Through a partnership between Hamilton the musical, local donors, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute, San Diego Unified Students will get a VIP glimpse of the award winning musical. The program offers 11th grade students in American History classes exclusive participation in the program, which combines founding era classroom resources, document-based student projects, and a special student matinee showing at the San Diego Civic Theatre, along with a Q&A with the cast.

2,800 Students and Teachers Will Attend Performance at the San Diego Civic Theatre

The innovative educational program that debuted at HAMILTON on Broadway will continue in San Diego on Thursday, January 11 when 2,800 students and teachers from 46 area San Diego area Public Schools attend the matinee performance of the musical at the San Diego Civic Theatre.

The January 11 all-student matinee performance in San Diego will provide more than 2,800 San Diego area high school students the opportunity to experience the musical HAMILTON after having spent several weeks in their classrooms studying American history through a special integrated curriculum about Alexander Hamilton and the nation’s Founding Fathers. 

In addition to seeing a performance of HAMILTON, students will participate in a Q&A with members of the HAMILTON cast.  As well, students representing various schools in attendance will perform an original work they created based on their classroom studies – songs, rap, poetry, scenes, monologues – on the San Diego Civic Theatre stage in front of their peers.  

The Hamilton Education Program is one of several history education programs at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Its president, James G. Basker -- who devised the education program in New York in tandem with HAMILTON creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, producer Jeffrey Seller, The Rockefeller Foundation and the NYC Department of Education -- adds, “This project is transformative. HAMILTON has struck a chord with our nation’s students because it embodies what great history education is all about: bringing the past to life, and fostering connections with the exceptional individuals and moments that have made us who we are. This program empowers students to reclaim their own narrative and empowers teachers to bridge classroom learning with the stage.”

"We are committed to making sure every San Diego Unified student has access to a broad and challenging curriculum - including an emphasis on civics,” says Superintendent Cindy Marten.  “The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and HAMILTON Education Program offers our students a chance to engage thoughtfully on the most important topics of our times, including immigration and inequality. This is the kind of civics education which will allow our students to be full and active participants in American society when they graduate."

Dr. Paul Gothold, San Diego County Superintendent, says, “The arts matter, and thanks to the HAMILTONEducation Program, San Diego County students will see, hear, and feel history come to life through this blockbuster show. The Q&A with cast members may turn students on to a new career opportunity, and the rapped lyrics may turn reluctant readers into historians. The entire experience may give the students in attendance -- including those from our Juvenile Court and Community Schools, who are among the county's most vulnerable youth -- a sense that their stories matter.” 

HAMILTON producer Jeffrey Seller, who was instrumental in developing the HAMILTON Education Program, says about the program in Los Angeles, “Our goal is to ensure that students have a shot to see HAMILTON and use its words, music and staging to further their understanding and enjoyment of American History, music and drama. We’ve had the pleasure of expanding the education program outside of New York in Los Angeles, Chicago and other cities around the country.”

Dr. Rajiv Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation said“After the initial success of the partnership in New York City we could not throw away our shot to ensure students across the United States had the opportunity to witness living breathing history. We look forward to seeing the creativity and engagement this program continues to spur.”

The HAMILTON producers are making tickets for this educational partnership available for $60, which is covered by funders.  Tickets for this educational partnership are available at no cost to the students.  Funders of the HAMILTON Education Program in San Diego include:

  • Qualcomm
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Toys R Us Children’s Fund

Schools participating in the January 11 program include:

·       Abraham Lincoln High School

·       ALBA Community Day School

·       Chaparral High School

·       Chula Vista High School

·       Citrus High School

·       Clairemont High School

·       Diego Valley Charter School

·       e3 Civic High

·       East Mesa SOAR

·       East Village High School

·       El Cajon Valley High School

·       Granite Hills High School

·       Grossmont High School

·       Health Sciences High and Middle College

·       Helix Charter High School

·       High Tech High Chula Vista

·       Hoover High School

·       IDEA Center High School

·       Indian Springs High School

·       James Madison High School

·       Kearny Digital Media and Design High School

·       King Chavez Community High School

·       Liberty Charter High School

·       MAAC Community Charter School

·       Mira Mesa High School

·       Mission Bay High School

·       Monarch School

·       Mountain Empire High School

·       Mountain View High School

·       Pacific High school

·       Patrick Henry High School

·       Point Loma High School

·       Rancho Buena Vista High School

·       Reflections AKA: San Diego Juvenile Court and Community Schools

·       Saddleback High School

·       Samuel F. B. Morse High School

·       San Bernardino High School

·       San Diego High School of Science & Technology

·       San Diego Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical High School

·       San Ysidro High School

·       Southwest High School

·       Sweetwater Union High School

·       The O'Farrell Charter School

·       The Preuss School UCSD

·       Twain High School

·       University City High School

The Rockefeller Foundation provided an initial grant of $1.46 million that funded the educational partnership in New York City.  After the resounding success of the partnership in New York, The Rockefeller Foundation committed an additional $6 million to the effort to support the national expansion of the program.  The Rockefeller Foundation has a long history of supporting the arts and humanities, fueled by a belief that the cultivation of aesthetic sensibilities through literature, music and other fine arts is essential to the well-being of humanity.  The HAMILTON Education Program underscores the Foundation's commitment to nurturing the vitality of American cultural institutions and the role of the arts as a catalyst for social change.   

HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.  

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

The HAMILTON creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical

In the Heights. 

HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, and casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA.

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide. The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album. 

For information on HAMILTON, visit www.HamiltonMusical.com, www.Facebook.com/HamiltonMusical, www.Instagram.com/HamiltonMusical and www.Twitter.com/HamiltonMusical.


Founded in 1994 by philanthropists Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the leading American history nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 education, while also serving the general public. Drawing on the 65,000 documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and an extensive network of eminent historians, the Institute provides teachers, students, and the general public with direct access to unique primary source materials.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is supported through the generosity of individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.

For information on the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, visitwww.gilderlehrman.org, www.Facebook.com/gilderlehrman, www.instagram.com/gilderlehrman and www.twitter.com/Gilder_Lehrman.


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