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Hampshire High School
Principal Dr. Brett Bending
Spring 2013

The history of Hampshire High School begins during the mid-19th century with nine one-room school houses built in Hampshire Township. These served all grades until 1838 when a high school/grade school was built at the corner of State and Mill Streets.

That building burned in 1851 and was rebuilt on the same site. The one-room school houses continued to serve as grade schools well into the 20th century.

In 1896 a square brick structure was built at Jackson and Warner Streets that housed only the High School. Additions over the years added to the capacity and beauty of the school and it remained Hampshire High School until a modern building was built at 560 S. State Street. Steps from the street to the sidewalk from the old high school can still be seen on the 400 block of Jackson Street.

Hampshire schools joined Unit District 300 in 1948 with headquarters located in Carpentersville.

Planning for the combined Hampshire High School and Middle School began in 1950 and the school officailly opened on Friday, September 5, 1952. The original building had 32,098 square feet and opened with 105 High School students, 46 boys and 59 girls, along with 58 Middle School students, 32 boys and 26 girls. The gymnasium was not finished until January of 1953, at which 1,000 people attended the first open house. Book rental was $4.50 for grades 9 through 12. There was a $.50 discount for those who paid during the first week.

In 2008 the "new" Hampshire High School at 1600 E. Big Timber Rd. was built on 103 acres of what was formerly part of the Tamm's family farm. This left the old high school/middle school building to become the middle school exclusively.

The new Hampshire High School contains 7,500,000 cubic feet under roof and includes 65 traditional classrooms, 11 music and practice rooms, 5 art rooms, 13 science labs, 3 business labs, 5 industrial arts rooms, 3 family and consumer science labs, 8,100 library books, 75 lunch tables, 2,500 seat competition gym, indoor track, 750 seat auditorium, 6 computer labs, 1,200 data drops, 76 miles of network cable, 48 wireless access points, and 89 cameras.

Additional information about the State Street middle/high school can be found on the Hampshire Middle School website.

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